Broadway musicals based on movies “Mean Girls” and “SpongeBob SquarePants” led nominations for the Tony Awards in New York on Tuesday with 12 nods each for the equivalent of the Oscars for theater.
The star-studded 72nd annual Tony Awards, the biggest night in Broadway, will be held on June 10 with singers Sara Bareilles and Josh Groban as co-hosts.
Last year’s event was anchored by the now disgraced Oscar-winning Kevin Spacey, whose career was ruined by sexual misconduct allegations as part of the #MeToo cultural watershed sweeping the United States.
“The Band’s Visit,” a heart-warming musical about Egyptian musicians visiting Israel, “Angels in America,” set against the 1980s AIDS crisis, and a revival of Rogers and Hammerstein’s “Carousel” all scooped 11 nominations apiece.
London transplant “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two” was nominated for 10 awards as was a Broadway revival of “My Fair Lady” re-interpreted for a #MeToo, post-feminist New York audience.
A revival of Eugene O’Neill’s classic “The Iceman Cometh” got eight nods, including best actor for double Oscar-winner Denzel Washington.
Other British imports, “Farinelli and The King,” starring Oscar winner Mark Rylance, was nominated for five gongs and Tom Stoppard play “Travesties,” starring Tom Hollander, for four.
Bruce Springsteen will also be honored for his Broadway run, one of the hottest tickets in New York this season, and British composer and musical impressario Andrew Lloyd Webber will be handed a lifetime achievement award.
Glenda Jackson and Amy Schumer were among the nominees for best actress in a leading role in a play for “Three Tall Women” and “Meteor Shower,” respectively.
Chad Wolf’s authority is ‘illegitimate’: Hispanic Caucus chairman demands DHS chief ‘resign in disgrace’
Immigrant rights groups and Texas Democrats are urging a review on the legality of Trump administration immigration policies after a government watchdog found two of the White House’s top immigration officials are not legally eligible to serve in their respective positions.
The Government Accountability Office on Friday determined that Chad Wolf, acting Department of Homeland Security secretary, and Ken Cuccinelli, a senior official performing deputy secretary duties, aren’t legally qualified to hold those posts.
United We Dream, an advocacy group pushing for immigration reform, said the GAO’s conclusion calls into question the latest guidance from the DHS on the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program that was initiated in 2012.
Lots of red hats — but not many COVID masks — at Bedminster ‘Cops for Trump’ event with the president
Enhanced unemployment benefits have expired and there is still no deal on the next COVID-19 stimulus package, but the president of the United States left Washington, DC on Friday for yet another weekend at Trump National Golf Club Bedminster.
"This weekend’s trip to Trump National Bedminster is the president’s 23rd since taking office, and will increase his golf-related taxpayer tab to $142 million in travel and security expenses," HuffPost White House corresponded S.V. Dáte reported Friday. "Trump has already spent 268 days on golf courses that he owns in his 1,303 days in office, of which 85 have been at Bedminster."
Trump declares that Fox News is ‘no longer the big deal’ in the 2020 presidential campaign
Donald Trump on Friday reflected on what he sees as the key differences between his 2016 and 2020 presidential campaigns.
"The biggest difference between the Presidential Race in 2020 and that of 2016 is the 2016 candidate, Crooked Hillary Clinton, was much smarter and sharper than Slow Joe, we have even more ENTHUSIASM now, and [Fox News] has become politically correct and no longer the big deal!" Trump tweeted after arriving at his Bedminster Golf Club for the weekend.
Trump has grown increasingly frustrated by the network and its polls, which gave him more bad news on Thursday.