Showbiz Sandbox 239: A Gentleman’s Guide To This Year’s Tony Winners

This year’s Tony Awards spread the love around with many of the Broadway season’s most lauded shows taking home trophies. “A Raisin in the Sun” won several awards including best revival of a play. Actor Bryan Cranston earned a Tony for his portrayal of President Lyndon Johnson “All The Way”, which also won best play. The critical darling “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder” walked off with one of the night’s biggest awards, best musical.

Meanwhile Audra McDonald made history by winning her sixth Tony for acting, the most ever won by a performer. There were very few surprises during this year’s ceremony, accept for maybe host Hugh Jackman starting the telecast off by hopping (literally) through a dance routine that lasted four minutes. And even though Neil Patrick Harris didn’t host this year’s ceremony as he has for the past three years, he still managed to make his presence felt by performing a number from “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” and winning the Tony for best actor in a leading role in a musical.

In the world of movies it appears the day-and-date release of movies both in theatres and online is quickly becoming the new normal, if the practice hasn’t done so already. Now, a new research report out of Europe suggests that overlapping release windows is not eroding cinema attendance.

Of course, we also cover the week’s top entertainment news stories including the latest movie from the Wachowski siblings gets pushed into next year, “Game of Thrones” becomes the the most watched show in HBO’s history and despite critical praise the latest Tom Cruise blockbuster is struggling at the box office.

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‘Fault in Our Stars’ Eclipses Tom Cruise
http://online.wsj.com/articles/fault-in-our-stars-eclipses-tom-cruise-1402259319

How ‘Fault in Our Stars’ Mobilized Teens to Topple Tom Cruise
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/how-fault-stars-mobilized-teens-710123

Edge Of Tomorrow And The Path To Box Office Profitability
http://www.cinemablend.com/new/Edge-Tomorrow-Path-Box-Office-Profitability-43371.html

2014 Tony Awards: ‘Gentleman’s Guide’ and ‘All the Way’ Are Named Top Shows
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/09/theater/theaterspecial/audra-mcdonald-and-neil-patrick-harris-win-acting-honors.html

Tony Award Winners 2014 — Full List
http://variety.com/2014/legit/news/tony-award-winners-2014-tonys-winner-list-1201215961/

Over 12 Million Theatregoers Take in Broadway Shows Throughout 2013-14
http://www.broadwayworld.com/article/Over-12-Million-Theatregoers-Take-in-Broadway-Shows-Throughout-2013-14-According-to-End-of-Season-Report-20140527

Thailand’s Anti-Coup Protestors Adopt ‘Hunger Games’ Salute
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/thailands-anti-coup-protestors-adopt-708856

‘Game of Thrones’ Now Rivals ‘The Walking Dead’ With 18 Million Viewers This Season
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/game-thrones-rivals-walking-dead-709041

‘Game of Thrones’ Officially Surpasses ‘The Sopranos’ As HBO’s Biggest Series
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/game-thrones-officially-surpasses-sopranos-709615

Sex Abuse Case Against David Neuman Withdrawn
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/david-neuman-sex-abuse-case-709466

Wachowskis’ ‘Jupiter Ascending’ Abruptly Bumped From July to February 2015
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/wachowskis-jupiter-ascending-abruptly-bumped-709184

Hulu in Talks for Community Sixth Season
http://www.vulture.com/2014/05/hulu-in-talks-for-community-sixth-season.html

Oliver Stone Plans a Film About Edward Snowden
http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/06/02/oliver-stone-plans-a-film-about-edward-snowden/

Budapest Orchestra Has Bows Seized Over Ivory Concerns
http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/06/03/budapest-orchestra-has-bows-seized-over-ivory-concerns/

Abel Ferrara’s ‘Welcome To New York’ Scores VOD Hit for Wild Bunch
http://variety.com/2014/digital/news/ferraras-dsk-themed-welcome-to-new-york-a-vod-hit-for-wild-bunch-and-a-potential-game-changer-for-french-biz-1201209976/

Premium VoD Just Killed the Cinema Release Window
http://celluloidjunkie.com/2014/06/03/premium-vod-just-killed-cinema-release-window/