8 Things Every Broadway Fan Should Watch, Read Or See Before The Tonys

Still deciding whether to forego rent this month and see Bette Midler in ?Hello, Dolly!?? Is your obsession with Ben Platt starting to verge on unhealthy? Were you put on this earth to see Laura Linney and Cynthia Nixon swap roles every night in ?The Little Foxes??

Well, fear not, theater fans, because the Tony Awards are upon us, with host Kevin Spacey leading the festivities this year on CBS. The stars of stage and screen (alert: Cate Blanchett will be in attendance) will gather in New York City on Sunday night to celebrate the stellar year in theater.

This Broadway season took us everywhere, from working-class Pennsylvania in Lynn Nottage?s Pulitzer-Prize-winning play ?Sweat? to inside the hearts of a fractured family facing the HIV/AIDS crisis in ?Falsettos.? Also, though he may not be nominated, but now is a good time as ever to thank the theater gods for casting Jake Gyllenhaal in ?Sunday in the Park with George.?

So whether you?re a diehard fan or just tuning into this whole Broadway thing, it?s time to do your homework and check out some theater #content from around the internet about the shows nominated this year. 

And for those ?Hamilton? fanatics, yes, the Tonys still happen when the musical isn?t nominated, but, rest assured, Lin-Manuel Miranda will be there.  

 

?Dear Evan Hansen? (Best Musical)

From the minds of ?La La Land? songwriters Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, ?Dear Evan Hansen? has won over audiences (and Hollywood) thanks to a career-defining performance from Ben Platt and catchy ballads that tug at the heartstrings. Watch Platt and co-star Laura Dreyfuss? performance on ?Late Night with Seth Meyers? below. 

?Sweat? (Best Play)

The early favorite to pick up the award for Best Play this Sunday, Pulitzer winner ?Sweat? is the most politIcally relevant of the bunch, exploring the lives of factory workers in a small Pennsylvanian city. HuffPost recently interviewed playwright Lynn Nottage about what the play says about Trump?s America.

Nottage is also working on a companion piece titled ?Floyd,? which will … twist … be a comedy. 

?The Little Foxes? (Best Revival of a Play)

Laura Linney. Cynthia Nixon. Period piece. Need we say more? Set in a small town in Alabama circa 1900, both deliver tour de force performances and then switch roles on the subsequent night. They?re also close friends offstage, and brought the fun to ?Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen? earlier this year.

?Falsettos? (Best Revival of a Musical)

We cried and then we cried some more. This musical revival about an imperfect family struggling to stay together in the wake of a divorce and a father?s coming out was a standout this season. The cast is slated to perform at the Tonys this Sunday, so read this comprehensive piece from BuzzFeed about why the show means so much to the LGBT community and how it?s more timely than ever. 

?Hello, Dolly!? (Best Revival of a Musical)

As turn-of-the-century matchmaker Dolly Gallagher Levi, Bette Midler has been earning rave reviews for her long-awaited musical comeback to Broadway. The glorious cast album was recently released and, trust us, your ears will immediately thank you for this musical theater goodness.

Also, the movie adaptation starring Barbra Streisand is currently streaming on Netflix, so what?s the holdup?  

?Jitney? (Best Revival of a Play)

From the mind of August Wilson, ?Jitney? follows a group of drivers of unofficial and unlicensed taxi drivers ? called ?jitneys? ?who transport residents of Pittsburgh Hill District in the 1970s because others refuse to do so. If you haven?t seen Wilson?s best known play ?Fences,? the powerful film adaptation starring Viola Davis and Denzel Washington was released last year and also explores the experience and struggle of working class black Americans. 

?Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812? (Best Musical)

This interactive musical needs to be seen to be believed and it?s far too complicated to explain (seriously, it?s adapted from a section of War & Peace), so check out the cast, including Josh Groban, performing two songs on the ?Today Show.?

?The Present? (Cate Blanchett for Best Actress)

No one plays morally complex women like Cate Blanchett, and the Oscar winner is in fine form in this surprisingly modern adaptation of an unfinished Chekhov play. Directed by the actress? husband Andrew Upton, the standout scene features a drunk Blanchett pouring vodka all over herself, as she dances on a dinner table. Watch his interview with the cast below, and for more vodka and Blanchett, check out ?Blue Jasmine.? 

The Tony Awards air at 8 p.m. June 11 on CBS.

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These ’90s Apple Sneakers Can Be Yours For $15,000

Sneakerheads, prepare your wallets. 

Apple sneakers made exclusively for employees in the ?90s are currently for sale online at the auction house Heritage Auctions. Two important things you should know if you?re looking to purchase the sneakers: the shoes are a men?s size 9 1/2 and the starting bid is currently $15,000. 

Elon Werner, director of communications with Heritage Auctions, told HuffPost that the shoes came from a garage sale in San Francisco. Werner believes the shoes were a promotional item produced by Apple, though not many pairs were made. He?s only seen one other pair of the Apple shoes before in a size 8 1/2. 

According to Heritage Auctions, the shoes are estimated to go for over $30,000 at the final sale. For that kind of money, these kicks had better come with Steve Jobs? signature. 

Online bidding on the sneakers has already started and a live auction will be held on Heritage Live this Sunday, June 11. 

In 2012, images of a similar Apple sneaker popped up on Imgur: 

Business Insider reports that a pair of Apple sneakers sold on eBay for $79 in 2007. 

If you?re just in the mood to buy some expensive sneakers that have a little wear and tear, and you don?t care too much about Apple, Neiman Marcus has you covered. The retailer is currently selling ?Future Destroyed High-Top Sneakers? from luxury designer Maison Margiela for a whopping $1,425.

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8 Gorgeous Illustrations That Give Wonder Woman The Tribute She Deserves

?Wonder Woman? hit theaters last week, and the film has taken the internet ? and the world ? by storm. 

The much-anticipated superhero movie scored a coveted 92 percent on Rotten Tomatoes and shattered box office records, raking in an estimated $100.5 million on opening weekend. It was the biggest domestic opening for a female director ever (?Wonder Woman? was directed by Patty Jenkins).

From little kids around the country dressing up as Wonder Woman to grown women crying in theaters watching a female superhero kick some serious ass, it?s safe to say ?Wonder Woman? was quite the success. 

To pay tribute to the story of Wonder Woman and all that this film has done for young women around the globe, we?ve rounded up eight fan illustrations of the superhero. Initially collected by Poster Posse, these illustrations celebrate Wonder Woman in all of her badass glory. 

Scroll below to see eight illustrations of Wonder Woman, created by superhero fans. 

Head over to Poster Posse to see more ?Wonder Woman? illustrations. 

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Amy Schumer Says She And Ex Ben Hanisch Tried To ‘Rush The Intimacy’

Amy Schumer is turning heartbreak into new material.

At a charity show in New York City on Thursday, the comedian mentioned that she and Ben Hanisch broke up about a month ago after one and a half years together. Then she offered a peek into their relationship.

?We went out with a couple who had been together a long time, we were trying to rush the intimacy,? she said, per AOL Entertainment. ?Like I was trying to impress the girl and I was like, ?Well, he woke me up this morning with a fart!? And he just slowly turned to me and he goes, ?Are we doing this???  

?And I was like, ?No, no, no, no, we?re not opening fire. Don?t tell me any of the disgusting s**t I?ve done.??

Schumer joked at the Hilarity For Charity event to benefit the Alzheimer?s Association that she?s adjusting just fine.

?I?m dating this new dude,? she said, according to People. ?He?s awesome, he?s like Stephen Hawking, sexually.?

The ?Trainwreck? star also riffed on her attire. 

That?s just so Amy.

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Paul Ryan Had The Worst Reaction Possible To The Comey Testimony

WASHINGTON ? Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) shrugged off the bombshell testimony of former FBI director James Comey with a mix of claimed ignorance and overwhelming sympathy toward President Donald Trump?s neophyte political status.

Ryan said it was important to have independence between the Department of Justice, the FBI, and the White House. But he defended Trump and acted as if the president?s apparent attempts to influence Comey and have him drop an investigation into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn should be excused because the commander in chief is ?new at this.?

?He?s new to government,? Ryan said. ?And so he probably wasn?t steeped in the long-running protocols that establish the relationships between DOJ, FBI, and White Houses. He?s just new to this.?

Ryan continued that one takeaway from Comey?s testimony ? the Speaker wasn?t watching the Senate Intelligence hearing, but he said he had read Comey?s prepared remarks ? was that people should be able to see why Trump was so frustrated.

?When the FBI director tells him on three different occasions, he?s not under investigation, yet the speculation swirls around the political system that he is, that?s frustrating,? Ryan said.

Pressed that Trump?s lack of experience perhaps shouldn?t be an excuse for breaking the law, especially when he has advisers around him who know the law, Ryan offered that, ?I?m not saying it?s an excuse, it?s just my observation.?

When pressed on Trump, according to Comey, explicitly trying to get him to drop the investigation into Flynn, Ryan said he wasn?t going to comment ?on these things,? citing the ongoing investigations in the House and Senate into Russian meddling.

?There?s a ?he said-he said? thing to this, and I don?t have any comment on it,? Ryan said.

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