THE SOUND OF MUSIC: LIVE (Image Credit: NBC)

Ways to Improve the Live Television Musical

THE SOUND OF MUSIC: LIVE (Image Credit: NBC)

THE SOUND OF MUSIC: LIVE (Image Credit: NBC)

The Tony Awards make it seem that a live broadcast of a musical is doable and that the magic of an on-stage performance can easily translate through to the small screen. However, NBC proved that isn’t quite so. Continue reading

Chris O'Dowd (Image Credit: Amy Russo / The Daily Quirk)

VIDEO: An Inside Look at the Tony Honors for Excellence in Theatre Red Carpet

Chris O'Dowd (Image Credit: Amy Russo / The Daily Quirk)

Chris O’Dowd (Image Credit: Amy Russo / The Daily Quirk)

The Daily Quirk caught up with the nominated stars of The Tony Honors for Excellence in Theatre Event on the red carpet and we’re bringing you an exclusive inside look! For all the info, watch the feature below where we talk to Brian J. Smith, Andy Karl, Lena Hall and Chris O’Dowd about what it was like during the productions and what it’s like being nominated. Continue reading

Tony Award Winner Neil Patrick Harris with Hugh Jackman at the 68th Annual Tony Awards (Kevin Mazur/Getty Images)

The Best (and The Worst) of the 2014 Tony Awards!

Tony Award Winner Neil Patrick Harris with Hugh Jackman at the 68th Annual Tony Awards (Kevin Mazur/Getty Images)

Tony Award Winner Neil Patrick Harris with Hugh Jackman at the 68th Annual Tony Awards (Kevin Mazur/Getty Images)

On the 68th annual Tony Awards, history was made, hopping was had and no one show ran away with all of the awards.

The first seven awards were handed out to seven different shows, demonstrating how the mob mentality that often plagues voters was absent this year. A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder and Hedwig and the Angry Inch led the nominee pool with 10 and eight nominations respectively, but both only went home with four each. And four was the highest number of awards any one show received on the Sunday evening broadcast. Continue reading

Armando Riesco (Image Credit: Armando Riesco)

Armando Riesco talks starring in ‘Adult World’ and ‘The Happiest Song Plays Last’

Armando Riesco (Image Credit: Nina Duncan)

Armando Riesco (Image Credit: Nina Duncan)

Armando Riesco is a New York based actor who is working on many projects for the stage and screen. Riesco is currently performing a production at Second Stage Theater in New York City called The Happiest Song Plays Last. The Daily Quirk was also excited to learn about his recently released film Adult World, a comedy starring Emma Roberts and John Cusack. Read on to find out more about his acting process, on set experiences and love of the Big Apple!

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The Tony Awards Celebrate Theatre with ‘Bigger’ Show

Neil Patrick Harris hosting the 67th ANNUAL TONY AWARDS (Image Credit: CBS)

Neil Patrick Harris hosting the 67th ANNUAL TONY AWARDS (Image Credit: CBS)

The Tonys are by far my favorite awards show. Although the Oscars this year had plenty of musical numbers, the Tonys reign as the highest U.S. theatre honors for both plays and musicals. In their 67th year, the Tony Awards were back at Radio City Music Hall in New York City after a few years at the Beacon Theatre.

The show kicked off with a bang. Four-time host Neil Patrick Harris’s opening number celebrated not only the nominees but many currently running Broadway musicals as well, including Motown The Musical, Bring It On: The Musical, Newsies, and Jersey Boys. As Harris said, it was a tribute to the “best of Broadway” but also an effort to make the show “bigger” and “better.” Continue reading

Christmas Movie Preview: ‘Les Misérables’

Movie Preview: Les Miserables

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year; that’s right folks it’s the time of year when really big movies release to large holiday captive audiences around the globe.  One highly anticipated film that will release on Christmas Day is Les Miserables!  The Victor Hugo novel turned Boubil and Schönberg theater classic is revamped once again by Tom Hooper (director of The King’s Speech) and an all-star cast including: Hugh Jackman (Jean Valjean), Russell Crowe (Javert), Anne Hathaway (Fantine), Amanda Seyfried (Cosette), Sacha Baron Cohen (Thénardier), Helena Bonham Carter (Madam Thénardier), and Eddie Redmayne (Marius).  The film was adapted from the stage play by William Nicholson of Gladiator and Elizabeth: The Golden Age fame.  A convergence of extreme talent has occurred on this film and I have no doubt that it will be worth watching come December 25th.  Check out the Les Misérables movie trailer below for a sneak peek. Continue reading