Despite what people think, The Great White Way isn't a vast wasteland filled with has-been stars, television talent competition show rejects and washed-up celebrities; it's actually a draw for high-wattage thespians who want some fat on which to chew.
"The Book of Mormon," a musical satire about religion written by the creators of "South Park," and "War Horse," a British play about a boy's search for his beloved horse, dominated the 65th annual Tony Awards Sunday night.
Broadway looked to the future -- and to its past -- at the 2008 Tony Awards with In the Heights, the best musical winner, and August: Osage County, the best play, sharing the spotlight with a nearly 60-year-old South Pacific
Candy Buckley, a Broadway stage actor acclaimed for her performance as Frau Kost in the recent Sam Mendes staging of Cabaret, is onstage portraying a martini-swilling 57-year-old mother. "I want to be healthier, but I also want a martini," laments Buckley's character. "I'm torn."
The first Broadway show that Christine Ebersole ever saw was not on Broadway, but in the auditorium of Skokie Junior High School in Winnetka, Illinois. It was Finian's Rainbow, and she sat in the orchestra pit, a dutiful student, violin at the ready. "I was so busy watching, it ended my career as a violinist," Ebersole says.
Actress Anne Bancroft, who seduced Dustin Hoffman in "The Graduate" and won Oscar and Tony awards for playing Helen Keller's teacher in "The Miracle Worker," has died of cancer at age 73, her agent said Tuesday.