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Rulings over 'Lady Day', 'Hedwig', and more may change Tony Awards race

Four days before the Tony Awards nominations are announced, an administrative panel has made some decisions that will have a powerful effect on who walks away with trophies.

The panel ruled Friday that Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill, in which Audra McDonald performs about a dozen Billie Holiday songs while also telling stories, isn’t a musical and can only be considered eligible in the Best Revival of a Play category.

That puts the 90-minute show, which has just a 27-page script and stars only McDonald, a three-piece band and a dog, in the ill-fitting position of potentially competing with bigger, longer play revivals like The Glass Menagerie, Waiting for Godot, Of Mice and Men, and Macbeth. READ FULL STORY

Tony winner Phyllis Frelich, deaf star of 'Children of a Lesser God,' dies

Phyllis Frelich, a Tony Award-winning deaf actress who starred in the Broadway version of Children of a Lesser God, has died. She was 70.

Frelich, died Thursday at their home in Temple City, Calif., her husband, Robert Steinberg, said. She suffered from a rare degenerative neurological disease called progressive supranuclear palsy, or PSP, for which there are no treatments, he said.

“She was extraordinary, the finest sign language actress there ever was,” he said. “We were married for 46 years. I would have been happy with 46 more.”

A native of Devils Lake, N.D., Frelich graduated from the North Dakota School for the Deaf and Gallaudet College — now Gallaudet University — in Washington, D.C. She was the oldest of nine deaf children born to deaf parents. READ FULL STORY

'Glee' star Matthew Morrison engaged

Talk about filled with Glee.

Glee star Matthew Morrison, 34, has proposed to his girlfriend, model Renee Puente, 26, according to People.

The couple reportedly announced their engagement at Elton John and David Furnish’s White Tie and Tiara Ball in London on Thursday. Morrison tweeted: “An incredible night of LOVE @ejaf ball. I’m going to marry my best friend! Happy day for me and @Renee_Puente.”

Morrison is a veteran stage actor and was nominated for a Tony in 2005. He has also appeared on the soap As the World Turns and in films Dan in Real Life and Music & Lyrics, amongst others. Morrison recently released his sophomore album Where It All Began.

The couple has been dating since 2011.

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Broadway couple Audra McDonald and Will Swenson get married

Tony-award winner and former Private Practice star Audra McDonald married fellow Broadway actor Will Swenson on Saturday night at their home in Croton-on-Hudson, New York, according to People. The couple met in 2007 and got engaged on New Year’s while vacationing in Puerto Rico.

The marriage is the second for both McDonald, 42, and Swenson, 38, who each have children from their previous relationships. The newlyweds told People that they look forward to their new life together as husband and wife and “wee posse of three,” referring to the three children they now share (between the ages of 8 and 11).

After her four-season stint on ABC’s medical drama Private Practice, McDonald most recently starred in a well-received revival of Porgy and Bess on Broadway. The show ended a 322-show run in September, and earned McDonald her fifth Tony.

Swenson most recently appeared in the Broadway production of Priscilla Queen of the Desert. His next stage show — the rock musical Murder Ballad — is slated to open on Nov. 15.

Tony organizers settle with Bret Michaels over 2009 accident

Bret Michaels and organizers of the Tony Awards have settled a lawsuit filed by the rocker after a 2009 incident in which he was hit in the head with a set piece and suffered injuries that he claimed contributed to a brain hemorrhage that nearly killed him. The confidential settlement also covers Michaels’ claims against CBS Broadcasting, which aired the show and the mishap. The Poison frontman blamed the network for airing the moment, which became which a viral video watched by tens of millions of people online, and claimed Tony Awards producers never warned him there would be a set change after he and his band performed “Nothin’ But a Good Time.” READ FULL STORY

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