Garett Hawe shares the stage with Broadway legend Betty Buckley in the national tour of ‘Hello Dolly!’

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Openly gay actor Garett Hawe remembers the moment he wanted to become a Broadway performer.

“I was 12 years old when I went to New York City for the first time,” says Hawe, a New Hampshire native. “We saw ‘Miss Saigon’ and that was when I realized people made a living doing this. I fell in love with New York City and Broadway.”

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“Hedwig and the Angry Inch” heads to the Cocoa Village Playhouse to benefit the Zebra Coalition

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For a special two-night event, “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” will be showing at the Cocoa Village Playhouse outside of their normal show season. The punk-rock show is centered on Hedwig, a woman who “is out to set the record straight about her life, her loves and the botched operation that left her with that ‘angry inch.’”

Benjamin Cox, a 41-year-old marketing artist at the Cocoa Village Playhouse, not only stars as the titular character but also directs and co-produces the special engagement. “This has been kind of a passion project of mine since the late ‘90s when I saw the movie and found out that it was a stage play originally,” remembers Cox.

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‘Dear Evan Hansen’ and Bette Midler win big at Tony Awards

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“Dear Evan Hansen” and Bette Midler reigned over the 71st annual Tony Awards on Sunday raking in wins, and in Midler’s case, giving an unconventional acceptance speech.

Lin-Manuel Miranda presented the award for Best Musical to the breakout production about teen suicide. “Dear Evan Hansen” received awards for Best Score, Book, Orchestrations, Featured Actress in a Musical and Leading Actor in a Musical, totaling six awards for the night.

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“Great Comet,” “Hello Dolly!” lead Tony nods

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NEW YORK (AP) – “Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812,” a musical that dramatizes a 70-page melodrama at the center of Leo Tolstoy’s “War and Peace,” earned a leading 12 Tony Award nominations on Tuesday, which also saw nods for Bette Midler, Kevin Kline, Josh Groban, Danny DeVito and Cate Blanchett.

Groban earned a nod for portraying – in a fat suit – an unhappy husband in “Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812.” His musical will now compete for the best new musical Tony with “Come From Away,” ”Dear Evan Hansen” and “Groundhog Day.”

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Broadway legend Bernadette Peters talks Sondheim songs and streaming shows ahead of her concert at Dr. Phillips Center

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Few in Broadway’s history are as legendary as Bernadette Peters. Nominated for seven Tony Awards (winning two plus an honorary award), nine Drama Desk Awards (winning three) and genuinely understood by those in the wings to be the greatest songstress to ever sing Sondheim, Peters commands every stage she steps on. But to be Broadway royalty wasn’t enough for this talent.

Peters is a Golden Globe winning actress who has been a part of classic films such as the movie musical Annie, Mel Brooks’ Silent Movie and starring opposite Steve Martin in The Jerk and Pennies From Heaven. She is also a recording artist, a children’s book author, a humanitarian who fights for equal rights for both people and animals. And, to top it all off, she is currently a part of not one but two television series – Amazon Prime’s Mozart in the Jungle and CBS’ The Good Fight.

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Broadway’s “Fun Home” comes to Orlando’s Dr. Phillips Center for some healing

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The musical Fun Home has touched the lives of many as an honest, emotional representation of sexual identity issues through nearly 600 shows on its Broadway stage, but the cast of the production is bringing an extra special version of the show to the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts stage to touch a community that is in great need of healing and hope.

Fun Home is a Tony-Award-winning musical based on the autobiographical graphic novel of the same title by Alison Bechdel. The story centers on Alison, a lesbian cartoonist, who is writing a graphic memoir about her life, as she tries to make sense of and connect with her father’s life, homosexuality and suicide. Even the show’s title touches on the dark aspects of Alison’s childhood, as her father was the town’s mortician, and she was raised in a funeral home that was referred to as the “Fun Home.”

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It has already been a history making year for the Tony Awards, and the ceremony hasn’t even begun yet! If you can’t be in the “room where it happens,” then join us #atTheAbbey as we celebrate an epic year on Broadway! The broadcast will be shown on our 19′ screen, as well as HD monitors throughout the venue.

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James Corden to host the 2016 Tony Awards

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CBS announced that The Late Late Show host James Corden will be hosting to a bit of a larger audience this summer as he has been tapped to emcee the 2016 Tony Awards.

Corden took over hosting duties of The Late Late Show last March from Craig Ferguson and gone viral recently due to a hugely popular segment on his show, Carpool Karaoke.

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‘Fun Home’ songwriters make history as 1st winning female team

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NEW YORK (AP) — “Fun Home” songwriters Jeanine Tesori and Lisa Kron have made history by becoming the first female writing team to nab a Tony for musical score.

Based on the autobiographical graphic novel by Alison Bechdel, “Fun Home” centers on a woman growing up in the family funeral home in a small Pennsylvania town.

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‘Fun Home,’ Kelli O’Hara among Tony Awards winners

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NEW YORK (AP) — Neil Patrick Harris was just a presenter this time, but he sure looked glad to be back from the Oscars. And why wouldn’t he be?

Even when uneven, the Tonys are the most reliably entertaining of the awards shows, and often the most warmhearted and uplifting, too. That was the case June 7, as the intimate, poignant, lesbian coming-of-age story “Fun Home” took best musical over more conventional fare, and longtime stage sweetheart Kelli O’Hara finally won a trophy after six nominations, charming the crowd with a goofy mix of bliss and relief.

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‘Fun Home’ composers Tesori and Kron can make Tony history

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NEW YORK (AP)- When it comes to breaking new ground in the theater, the axiom, “Chance favors the prepared mind” sometimes works out nicely. Just ask Fun Home composers Jeanine Tesori and Lisa Kron.

Not only does their musical introduce a new type of heroine to the Broadway stage, but Tesori and Kron can make history when the Tony awards are announced next month.

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Neil Patrick Harris wins first Tony for Hedwig

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NEW YORK (AP) – After years of helping hand out Tony Awards to others, Neil Patrick Harris finally has one of his own.

The Emmy Award-winning “How I Met Your Mother” star won his first Tony on June 8 for playing a German male transsexual rock singer in “Hedwig and the Angry Inch,” a tale of obsession, glam rock and a botched sex-change operation.

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