10Jun

The 10 Best Quotes Heard Backstage at the 73rd Annual Tony Awards

Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions This year the press room at the 73rd Annual Tony Awards was buzzing with excitement as news of the winning recipients flooded in throughout the evening. The room was full of reporters from around the world, writing for all kinds of publications from print to broadcast. It was an honor to be inside, and I relished my contact with the journalists and performers who came through to speak to us. These are people who love theater as much as I do, if not more. There weren’t too many surprises Read More

06Oct

Meeting the Real Hugh Jackman

Hugh Jackman

When I was invited to a screening of Real Steel and a chance to interview and meet the real Hugh Jackman (his Twitter handle is @RealHughJackman and he apparently tweets from that account himself!) this week, I was elated.  I have been a fan for a long time when I first saw him in the movie Kate & Leopold and have been following his career ever since, from Australia to The Prestige to Wolverine.   Of course, as the Culture Mom, I have always been keenly interested in his theater career and have often knocked myself on the head for not seeing The Boy Read More

13Jun

Neil Patrick Harris Tony Award’s “Rap Up”

Neil Patrick Harris

Apparently, Lin-Manuel Miranda from "In the Heights" wrote Neil Patrick Harris' rap that closed down the Tony Awards tonight.  It was bloody brilliant.  It summed up the show so clearly and succinctly.  Please note that this transcription was originally transcribed and posted at The New York Times Arts Beat Blog by Dave Itzkoff.  Here it is: Tomorrow, if anyone asks you what happened at the Tonys, you can say this: We straightened things out in the opening number, Ellen Barkin and John Benjamin Hickey took home awards for their hilarious Read More