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Most Shocking Reveals on ‘Scorpion’ – Drake’s New Album – Breaking Records

Most Shocking Reveals on 'Scorpion' - Drake’s New Album - Breaking Records

Most Shocking Reveals on ‘Scorpion’ – Drake’s New Album – Breaking Records

Drake’s new album, Scorpion, has been breaking records and speaking to those with broken hearts. One of the many guest stars to jump on is Jay Z, with his third feature on a Drake album, a verse on the track “Talk Up.” In the song, Drake discusses his childhood and insinuates that he has earned his place in world of rap, no matter how many people hate on him. Jay Z raps about his experience on the streets and his own rap career.
Most Shocking Reveals on 'Scorpion' - Drake’s New Album - Breaking Records
In in verse, Jay also takes a stab at President Donald Trump, with whom he has had some Twitter beef.
“I got you President tweetin’ / I won’t even meet with him,” he raps. He follows that line up with, “Y’all killed X and let Zimmerman live, shhh, s-streets is done.”
Jay Z previously referenced his hate for George Zimmerman on DJ Khaled’s “Top Off.” And okay, we get it, Jay is obviously voicing his anger with the system and the state of Florida for letting a young rapper die, but was unable or unwilling to lock up a man who murdered an unarmed black teen.
It was surprising that he somehow connected Zimmerman killing Trayvon Martin to the young rapper’s death. Excuse us, but Jay, what the hell do they have to do with one another? Is it because they’re both from Florida? Because there is no other way that the two situations are in any way similar.
The “X” Jay Z mentions is the late rapper XXXTentacion, who was murdered at a motorsport shop in Deerfield Beach, Florida earlier this month.

XXXTentacion seemed to be an influential part of the new generation of rappers that have appeared in the last few years. But the 20-year-old rapper had a very troubling past, which brings to question why Jay Z rapped that particular line and if it was even necessary.
Up until his death, XXXTentacion (whose real name is Jahseh Onfroy) had been on trial for the abusing his ex girlfriend, who revealed gruesome details of how he treated her in a testimony, including threatening the life of her unborn child.

Jay-Z and Zimmerman, who was acquitted in 2013, have been feuding for some time, with Zimmerman in December 2017 threatening to “beat” Jay-Z and feed him to an alligator after a production team working for a documentary produced by Jay-Z sought interviews and footage from Zimmerman’s family, according to The Blast.

But there’s more. Jay-Z also throws shade directly on President Donald Trump and, according to some, indirectly on apparent Trump supporter Kanye West.

Here’s the first portion of the sequence, from the Drake track “Talk Up”:

“I got your President tweetin’, I won’t even meet with him.”

This line references Jay-Z’s dispute with Trump after Trump’s infamous “s—thole countries” remark disparaging African nations in January 2018.

Went the remark went public, Jay-Z, in a CNN appearance, called out Trump.

“Everyone feels anger, but after the anger it’s really hurtful because he’s looking down on a whole population of people and he’s so misinformed because these places have beautiful people,” Jay-Z said.

The day after, Trump tweeted, “Somebody please inform Jay-Z that because of my policies, Black Unemployment has just been reported to be at the LOWEST RATE EVER RECORDED!”

Anyway, back to the verse on “Talk Up.” In the very next line after the Trump/Kanye diss, Jay-Z seems to call out the “streets” for killing XXXTentacion:

“Y’all killed X and let Zimmerman live. Streets is done.”

XXXTentacion, whose given name was Jahseh Onfroy, was 20 years old when was shot and killed in Deerfield Beach on June 18. Born in Plantation, Onfroy spent part of his teen years in Lauderhill before moving to Parkland after achieving success. Fans and the larger music world largely called him “X”, given the widespread confusion about how to pronounce his stage name.

In other XXXTentacion news, his mother Cleopatra Bernard posted a photo of her son’s final resting place on Saturday.

In other Drake news, the Toronto rapper was seen celebrating the release of “Scorpion” with an entourage of 50 at a Miami nightclub over the weekend.


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Backstreet Boys Elevator Performance With Classroom Instruments

Backstreet Boys Elevator Performance With Classroom Instruments

Backstreet Boys Elevator Performance With Classroom Instruments

Backstreet Boys Elevator Performance With Classroom Instruments

Jimmy Fallon, the Backstreet Boys and The Roots discovered this in the latest installment of “The Tonight Show’s” recurring late-night segment that tasks big-name artists with performing their biggest hits accompanied only by classroom instruments.
The Backstreet Boys answered this challenge with a rousing rendition of their 1999 single.

Backstreet Boy Brian Littrell joined the fun by playing an apple shaker and wood block, Nick Carter tapped a tambourine, Kevin Richardson took on the güiro, A.J. McLean picked up a maraca and Howie Dorough clapped a pair of coconuts.
Fallon, meanwhile, kept busy with a bass drum, a Casio keyboard and an apple shaker.
The vocal group was on hand to promote its latest single, “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart,” which was released last month.

At first, it was just band member Brian Littrell in the elevator car, and his presence alone was enough to make three women starstruck. But then Howie Dorough and Kevin Richardson hitched a ride, followed by A.J. McLean and Nick Carter. The sight of the fivesome stopped some MTV workers dead in their tracks, while others excitedly crowded into the car. With a full house, BSB treated these MTV employees to an impromptu concert of their hits “I Want It That Way,” “Everybody (Backstreet’s Back),” and “As Long As You Love Me.”

And while they were in New York City, the ‘90s stars also hit up The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, joining Fallon and The Roots in a “Classroom Instruments” rendition of “I Want It That Way” and performing their new single “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart.”

“I think it’s just Backstreet Boys doing what we do best,” Littrell, 43, told NME of the new material. “We’re known as a vocal band first, so when you hear those signature sounds of us singing together, you know what it is. The production is obviously ever-changing, being that music evolves and goes through different fads, but it’s just good, timeless music. We like using both real instruments and sampled sounds, so it’s a mixture of both. It’s a well-rounded sound. When you hear us singing together, fortunately, you just know it’s the Backstreet Boys.”


News Source: edition.cnn.com, usmagazine.com

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Drake’s New Album ‘Scorpion’: The Details

Drake's New Album 'Scorpion': The Details

Drake’s New Album ‘Scorpion’: The Details

In the past year, Drake has gifted the world new music in the form of a “playlist” (More Life) and a two-song EP (Scary Hours). But soon enough, the 6 God will unleash his first full-length project since 2016’s Views titled Scorpion, and the excitement is palpable.

The Scorpion announcement follows Drake’s instant hit and current Hot 100 chart-topper “Nice for What,” the follow-up to Scary Hours cuts “Diplomatic Immunity” and “God’s Plan” — the latter of which held the No. 1 spot on the Hot 100 for 11 weeks and broke Apple Music and Spotify’s first-day streaming records in January.

Ahead of the release of Drake’s hugely anticipated Scorpion album, we’ve gathered everything you need to know to get excited about the record’s drop.

Just because he’s been trolling us with his adidas and Nike ‘fit switch-ups, and playing Fortnite on the regular, doesn’t mean Drake has not been hard at work in the studio.Drake's New Album 'Scorpion': The Details

His last album Views, which dropped in 2016, included guest appearances from Wizkid, Kayla, and Rihanna. The record was then followed by the mixtape More Life in 2017 and the Scary Hours EP a year later. Needless to say, we’re well on track for another full-length.

Given that Aubrey has taken to social media to announce that he has a new albumdropping this summer, we’ve gathered everything we know so far about Drake’s forthcoming record.

JUNE 29 2018 🦂

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Drake began to tease fans with tidbits about his album earlier this week when he posted a photo of himself in a shiny bomber jacket with “Scorpion” emblazoned on the back. With his new album slated for release in June, Billboard scoured the internet and Drizzy’s Instagram page to find out more about his fifth studio album Scorpion. Here’s what we know so far:

Title

The title of Drake’s new album Scorpion led many to believe it was a reference to the rapper’s Scorpio zodiac sign, which makes sense given that his birthday falls on October 24 and the rapper’s entire music empire, October’s Very Own, is named after his birth month.

Earlier in the week, Drake shared a photo of a gold necklace, embellished with a diamond-encrusted scorpion in the middle and the succinct caption, “June 2018″ announcing his new project. He followed up with another photo of himself rocking a black bomber with writing on the back, reminiscent of an end-credits scene in a movie. Could Drizzy be filming a documentary or short film to coincide with the album?

📀 JUNE 2018

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📀 JUNE 2018

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Release Date

While Drake announced that his forthcoming album will arrive in June 2018, he decided to keep the specific release date a secret. However, he’s set to perform at a super exclusive dinner party at Chateau Le Jardin in Ontario on June 7, which may or may not be a part of his album’s promotional campaign.

It is with great pleasure and excitement to announce that Drake will be performing at Chateau Le Jardin on June 7th for Après Noir! ✨✨ @apresnoir presents the opportunity to witness Drake perform in a room of only 1000 people, complimented by a dinner curated by @giadadelaurentiis and an opening performance by @jessiereyez ✨ The globe’s transcendent hip-hop superstar @champagnepapi takes the stage at the opening edition of Après Noir on June 7th. Channeling his energy toward championing Canada wherever he treads, the singer, songwriter, record producer, actor, and entrepreneur is set to greet concert-goers in an intimate and exclusive setting. www.apresnoir.com VERY LIMITED TICKETS AVAILABLE. Inquire Now

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Producers/Features

Drake’s “God’s Plan” and “Diplomatic Immunity” were already featured on the Scary Hours EP released earlier this year, so it’s likely the singles won’t land on Scorpion, but that doesn’t mean Drizzy’s go-to producers — Boi 1da and Noah “40” Shebib, who produced the Scary Hours cuts — won’t have a hand in the new album. In fact, Drake already confirmed his longtime producer 40 and OVO manager Olivier El-Khatib will be executive producing the Scorpion album in a recent Instagram post, in which 40 is seen rocking his own custom Scorpion bomber jacket.

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The 6 God’s latest song “Nice for What” was produced by Murda Beatz and could possibly be featured on the new project as well. In December, Drizzy posted an image of him speaking with Nigerian artist Tekno at a studio, suggesting the two artists may have collaborated on a song, given Drake’s history with Caribbean-inspired sounds.

Before announcing the album, though, Drake’s friend, Steez (aka @steezthegreat on IG) complimented the outfit the rapper was wearing in a recent photo and wrote, “Zip up is hard.” Drake replied, “harder than the album intro or nah,” suggesting that his aside from the overall album, fans can especially look forward to the album opener.

It’s like that Drake?!? 😮 tag who you think the producer is 👇

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Tracklist:

An official tracklist has not yet been revealed, but “Nice for What” is apparently slated to be featured on the record. Drake is also rumored to debut another song with Lauryn Hill, but until then, revisit the video below.

On May 27th, Drake dropped his new single “I’m Upset”. At this point, it’s not confirmed if “I’m Upset” will be on the album or not, but the Toronto rapper did drop visuals for the song reuniting the cast of Degrassi.


 

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Drake’s ‘I’m Upset’: The Full Lyrics

Drake's 'I'm Upset': The Full Lyrics

Drake’s ‘I’m Upset’: The Full Lyrics

Drake's 'I'm Upset': The Full LyricsDrake lays his feelings out on his “I’m Upset” track, the second official single from his upcoming Scorpion studio album, set to be released June 29. He introduces the song with a soft piano melody before his booming “I’m upset” line, but the song of the same name has nothing to do with his beef with Pusha T that has seemingly been laid to rest.

The “Nice for What” rapper shares a clap-back to the women who use him for his money. While Drake is expected to pay a girl’s checks and then some (“Every month, I’m supposed to pay her bills/ And get her what she want”), he increases how much money he has to name — not as a net-worth amount, but in regards to ransom. He first sings “Fifty thousand on my head, it’s disrespect” during the first chorus and later increases the amount to “Half a million” by the third time referenced.


Yeah

I’m workin’ on dyin’

I’m upset
Fifty thousand on my head, it’s disrespect
So offended that I had to double check
I’ma always take the money over sex
That’s why they need me out the way
What you expect?

Got a lot of blood and it’s cold
They keep tryna get me for my soul
Thankful for the women that I know
Can’t go fifty-fifty with no ho
Every month, I’m supposed to pay her bills
And get her what she want
I still got like seven years of doin’ what I want
My dad still got child support from 1991
Outta town, people love to pop a lot of shit then come around
Word to Flacko Jodye, he done seen us put it down
Niggas askin’ if I’m cool

I’m upset
Hunnid thousand on my head, it’s disrespect
So offended that I had to double check

You tryna check?
This is real life, niggas think we playin’ chess
So what’s next?
Jump up out the bed like I’m possessed
I go out on tour and I say I’m drinkin’ less
End up gettin’ loose and gettin’ pictures from my ex
SMS, triple X
That’s the only time I ever shoot below the neck (skrr)
Why you keep on shootin’ if you know that nigga dead? (Skrr)
That’s the only kind of shit that gets you some respect

Got a lot of blood and it’s cold
They keep tryna get me for my soul
Thankful for the women that I know
Can’t go fifty-fifty with no ho (ayy, ayy)
Every month, she don’t even love me, she just puttin’ on a front
She gon’ try and settle outta court and make a run
Then gon’ ask me how I’m doin’?

I’m upset
Half a million on my head I can’t accept, yeah
‘Least it makes me feel someone tried their best, yeah
Want to waste a half a million, be my guest
Made me wanna buy a vest and a TEC (skrr)
But I’m blessed, I just checked
Hate me, never met me in the flesh
Say she got some things she gotta come here and collect
That shit is in a box to the left, to the left

Got a lot of blood and it’s cold
They keep tryna get me for my soul (for my soul)
Thankful for the women that I know (that I know)
Can’t go fifty-fifty with no ho



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Engagement Celebration: Ariana Grande and Pete Davidson at Disneyland

Engagement Celebration: Ariana Grande and Pete Davidson at Disneyland

Engagement Celebration: Ariana Grande and Pete Davidson at Disneyland

Us Weekly exclusively confirmed on Monday that Ariana Grande and Pete Davidson are set to tie the knot

Engagement Celebration: Ariana Grande and Pete Davidson at Disneyland
Engagement Celebration: Ariana Grande and Pete Davidson at Disneyland

Soon after the news dropped that Ariana Grande and Pete Davidson are set to marry they headed to Disneyland. After just several weeks of dating, the happy couple celebrated with a trip to the amusement park in Anaheim, California.

The 24-year-old “No Tears Left to Cry” singer documented their adventure on her Instagram story. Sharing videos of her fiancé, also 24, making silly remarks mid-ride as she giggled. She captioned one video, “Full mood,” while another was labeled, “Another take. I really like this one.”

Grande and Davidson, 24, have decided to take the next step in their relationship after just a few weeks of dating. However, they plan on having a long engagement.

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Grande got a little naughty in another post, which featured Davidson yelling with the caption, “When I got on top.” She later deleted the joke, but the clip was captured and shared to Twitter by fans.

The Disneyland Celebrities Instagram page also obtained a video captured by a fan of the duo. They are getting off of a rollercoaster, with Davidson thoughtfully offering his hand to help the pop star out.

“They are a perfect it. They are not rushing to get married. Their friends are really excited and supportive,” one source told Us. “They are both constantly making each other laugh. Their moms have met. They’ve been very public with their relationship on social media and they are in very in love.”

Grande hosted and performed on SNL in March 2016. She recently split with Mac Miller after two years of dating. Davidson, meanwhile, was last linked to Larry David’s daughter Cazzie David.

Engagement Celebration: Ariana Grande and Pete Davidson at Disneyland

Grande rocked mouse ears for the outing and briefly waved after a fan called out her name.

Another admirer was lucky enough to snap a few selfies with the “No Tears Left to Cry” singer.

For her part, the singer tweeted “i love u sm hi & thank u i love u bye,” a message that many of her followers are taking as her own confirmation of the news.

Grande also wrote, “crying,” in response to a tweet calling her “Mrs. Davidson.”

Another told the star, “I hope he knows he is maRRYING US AS WELL.” Grande replied, “HAHAHAHAHAHH HES BEEN BRIEFED.”

“It’s a recent engagement. They’re just two people who found love quickly and make each other happy all the time. They both started talking about it this past weekend. It’s nothing they’ve been hiding,” an insider told PEOPLE.

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Davidson also confirmed that he had split from his longtime girlfriend Cazzie David in mid-May, around the same time he wrapped his fourth season performing on Saturday Night Live. He will reportedly return to the show when it resumes production in the fall.

“He went through a rough patch a while back but he’s been really happy lately,” the source said about Davidson, who recently revealed that he’s back to drinking and smoking following his diagnosis of borderline personality disorder. Davidson has also said he struggles with anxiety and Crohn’s disease.

Engagement Celebration: Ariana Grande and Pete Davidson at Disneyland

Grande previously said she’s battled anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder since the bombing at the Manchester, U.K. concert venue where she was performing in May 2017.

“It’s hard to talk about because so many people have suffered such severe, tremendous loss,” she told Vogue U.K. for their July issue.

“But, yeah, it’s a real thing. I know those families and my fans, and everyone there experienced a tremendous amount of it as well. Time is the biggest thing. I feel like I shouldn’t even be talking about my own experience — like I shouldn’t even say anything,” Grande said.

One fan named @agbtwists tweeted, “petianas wedding will snatch all wigs. it’ll be so much be so much better than the royal wedding [sic].” That’s a hard call to make, but Prince Harry and Meghan Markle probably don’t have a couple name quite as fun to say.

Comparing Ariana and Pete to Meghan and Harry was certainly a popular frame of reference for excited fans. “Omg new royal wedding,” @Unicxrnash tweeted. “I’m shook.”

Another fan named @gimmiegrandexo quite presumptuously asked, “WHERE IS OUR INVITE MRS DAVIDSON!!!” including a monkey emoji for good measure.

While someone else named @mikecheuvront0 tweeted, “ok but sis there’s gotta be a story attached to this,” and no surprise everyone wants to know what it is like now.

This was actually the second tweet from Grande that seemed to confirm her engagement to Davidson, but you might not realize it since she deleted the first one. The now-deleted monkey emoji-filled tweet from Monday afternoon read, “i love u sm ok bye,” which is basically the same tweet she would repost hours later.

One fan named @yungcyberprince even tweeted, “Sis didn’t you tweet this earlier I’m confused,” to have Grande respond, “i got nervous pls.”

@Unicxrnash tweeted, “Sis you so happy rn makes me so happy.” While user @91_4k1r3 wrote, “can I cry with you? I’m so happy.”


Source: usmagazine.com, people.com, bustle.com

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TONY AWARDS 2018

TONY AWARDS 2018

TONY AWARDS 2018

The 2018 Tony Awards finished off following a turbulent night, tied down by has Sara Bareilles and Josh Groban.

TONY AWARDS 2018It’s Broadway’s Night of Nights. The three-hour Tony Awards ceremony hosted by Broadway stars Sara Bareilles and Josh Groban will be broadcast live (ET/PT time delay) on the CBS Television Network and CBS All Access from 8:00 – 11:00 p.m. ET from Radio City Music Hall in New York City. Or stream the Tony Awards live across platforms with the CBS All Access subscription service. (Live stream is available in select markets. Visit CBS.com/allaccess for details. The awards will be followed by the invite-only Tony Gala.

A few noteworthy classes saw dark horse contenders lead the pack, and Robert De Niro had some decision words for President Trump.

As expected, The Band’s Visit won Best Musical, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child won Best Play, and Angels in America won Best Revival of a Play.

TONY AWARDS 2018
Orin Wolf, center, and the cast and crew of “The Band’s Visit” accept the award for best musical at the 72nd annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on Sunday, June 10, 2018, in New York.

But Once On This Island landed an underdog triumph for Best Revival of a Musical, pushing out both Lincoln Center’s ravishing My Fair Lady and the more polarizing Carousel.

The Band’s Visit walked away with an aggregate of ten grants off eleven assignments, including Best Actor (Tony Shalhoub), and Best Actress (Katrina Lenk), and Best Supporting Actor (Ari’el Stachel), Best Score, and Book. It was a greater pull than numerous normal, with intellectuals thinking the acting and configuration honours would be part with SpongeBob SquarePants or Carousel.

What’s more, Robert De Niro stunned CBS blue pencils. As he exhibited a sentimental number by Bruce Springsteen, he yelled “F- – k Trump!”, which must be bleeped out on communicated and sent web-based social networking into a tantrum.

“Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two” grabbed best play and “The Band’s Visit” was perceived as the best melodic

“Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two” grabbed best play and “The Band’s Visit” was perceived as the best melodic in an enthusiastic Tony Awards. And this blended Broadway razzle-astonish with politically-charged invitations to battle.

“Angels in America,” a sprawling two-section show about the AIDS emergency, and that was named the year’s best play recovery. The respect, one of three statues it got on Sunday, while came around 25 years after the first creation of “Angels in America” cleared the 1993 Tonys.

TONY AWARDS 2018

Sunday was likewise a night of bombshells. And in one striking section buster, “Once on This Island” was named best restoration of a melodic over the intensely supported “My Fair Lady” and “Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel.” It was the main honour it grabbed out of eight designations.

Apparently a festival of theatre, the Tonys were an open door for Broadway to talk up the ideals of consideration. And assorted variety, while likewise attracting regard for gay rights, firearm control. And the difficulties confronting workers. The majority of those messages were conveyed persuasively, others came trimmed with four-letter words. While presenting an execution by Bruce Springsteen. For example, moderator Robert De Niro said “fuck Trump” twice sending CBS blue pencils scrambling to bleep his disagreeable comments. Stagehands inside the Radio City Music Hall looked obviously paralyzed even. Because the horde of on-screen characters, makers, and executives in their gathering of people rose to their feet in their help.

De Niro’s blazing words are the well on the way to evoke a Twitter reaction from President Donald Trump, move link news pontificating, and prompt scores of think pieces.

De Niro’s blazing words are the well on the way to evoke a Twitter reaction from President Donald Trump, move link news pontificating, and prompt scores of think pieces. They were, notwithstanding, something of a peculiarity. Most victors and moderators abstained from specifying President Donald Trump or Trump-ism by name while influencing it to clear that their sensitivities are with the opposition consequently. Numerous wore pins trumpeting developments, for example, Time’s Up or strips featuring left-inclining associations, for example, the ACLU.

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Tony Kushner, the writer behind “Angels in America,” was one of the communicate’s more express instigators, asking individuals to get out and vote in the mid-term races in November. Telling watchers they have “21 weeks to save our democracy and heal our planet.”

He wasn’t the only one sounding a note of alarm. Andrew Garfield, the best driving on-screen character in a play victor for his work as Prior Walter, the AIDS-stricken prophet at the focal point of “Angels in America,” changed the Supreme Court for maintaining the privilege of a Colorado pastry specialist to decline to heat a cake for the marriage of a same-sex couple. “Let’s bake a cake for everyone,” Garfield said.

In a mournful discourse, Garfield regarded the LGBTQ people group, saying, “It is a spirit that says no to oppression. It is a spirit that says no to bigotry, no to shame, no to exclusion. It is a spirit that says we are all made perfectly and we all belong.”

The best performer in a play winner Glenda Jackson, perceived for her turn as a feeble doyenne in “Three Tall Women,” adulated the multi-social nature of the theatre business.

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“There are people in this audience, in this country, in this city from every other country in the world,” said Jackson. And you as always are welcoming and kind and generous, and America has never needed that more, but then America is always great.”

“There are people in this audience, in this country, in this city from every other country in the world,” said Jackson. And you as always are welcoming and kind and generous, and America has never needed that more, but then America is always great. “It wasn’t only the substance of the discourses that made this release of the Tonys appear to be all the more ideologically energized. A considerable lot of the demonstrates that were perceived think about political issues that have reverberation with current occasions. “Angels in America,” unfurls in the 1980’s as AIDS was killing off an age of gay individuals — it’s additionally a period in which a more forceful type of conservatism was on the ascent.

Most of all, “The Band’s Visit,” the narrative of a gathering of Egyptian artists who end up holding with the inhabitants of a little Israeli town, is a request to resistance and fraternity at a minute when strains are ascending in the Middle East.

The stage rendition of a 2007 film of a similar name earned a main 10 wins, including statues for driving performing artist ( Tony Shalhoub) and performer (Katrina Lenk) in a melodic.

“Angels in America’s” Nathan Lane grabbed a best-included performer statue for his execution as Roy Cohn, a dishonest power-agent who was a coach to President Trump. Calling “Holy messengers in America” one of the best plays of the Twentieth Century, Lane stated, “it is still speaking to us as powerfully as ever in the midst of such political insanity.”

Garfield and Lane weren’t the main entertainers to sound lobbyist notes in their acknowledgement talks. Lindsay Mendez, grabbing Tony for best highlighted on-screen character for her work in “Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel,” noticed that she was advised to change her last name to Matthews when she initially began working professionally. She won’t.

TONY AWARDS 2018

“I want to say how proud I am to be part of a community that celebrates diversity and individuality,” said Mendez.

Holding back tears, best included performing artist in a melodic victor Ari’el Stachel (“The Band’s Visit”) said he had veiled his Middle Eastern legacy after 9/11, notwithstanding abstaining from conveying his folks to occasions. That changed to some degree with “The Band’s Visit,” and its picture of Arabs and Israelis joining over their common mankind.

“I’m part of a cast of actors who never believed they’d be able to play their own races and we’re doing that,” said Stachel. He closes with a message to more youthful watchers, letting them know “Your biggest obstacle may turn into your purpose.”

In addition, Stachel’s chief David Cromer was likewise regarded for his work on the play and utilized his opportunity to make an impression on individuals experiencing misery. “The Band’s Visit” concerns individuals who have lost expectation, he stated, imploring the individuals who are enduring to “call out.” His discourse came days after superstar culinary expert Anthony Bourdain and mould originator Kate Spade conferred suicide.

“Three Tall Women’s” Laurie Metcalf won her second Tony Award in the same number of years for the best-highlighted performer in a play. She grabbed the main on-screen character statue in 2017 for “A Doll’s House, Part 2.”

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Co-has Sara Bareilles and Josh Groban commenced the function with an energetic opening number that jabbed fun at their consolidated absence of honours acknowledgement.

Taking note of that 90% of individuals in the gathering of people would go home failures, they ameliorated the Tony-less by taking note of, “in a world that is scary and hard to endure if you make are at all you’re part of the cure.”

Josh Groban and Sara Bareilles, who co-hosted the awards show, kicked things off with a piano duet and they poked fun at the fact that neither of them has won Tony or Grammy Awards.
“Neither one of us has ever won anything. So this is for the people who lose,” the hosts sang.
Both have made their Broadway debuts, Groban in 2016’s “Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812,” and Bareilles in 2017’s “Waitress.”

Bareilles and Groban showed up sporadically finished the course of the three-hour broadcast, inclining intensely on their melodic abilities, rather than grasping a more joke-arranged approach. Notwithstanding keeping the show moving, they were entrusted with banishing all recollections of a year ago’s emcee, Kevin Spacey, whose vocation has imploded in the wake of lewd behaviour affirmations.

“Angels in America,” unfurls in the 1980’s as AIDS was killing off an age of gay individuals — it’s additionally a period in which a more forceful type of conservatism was on the ascent.

Most of all, “The Band’s Visit,” the narrative of a gathering of Egyptian artists who end up holding with the inhabitants of a little Israeli town, is a request to resistance and fraternity at a minute when strains are ascending in the Middle East.

In spite of the fact that intrinsically appraisals tested, the Tony Awards are viewed as a vital open door for Broadway appears. And most noteworthy musicals, to goose their ticket deals. “My Fair Lady,” “SpongeBob SquarePants,” “Frozen,” and “Mean Girls” were among the demonstrates that presented shower numbers with an eye towards changing over watchers at home into the future group of onlookers individuals.

“We are all sacred and we all belong,” Garfield said. “So, let’s just bake a cake for everyone who wants a cake to be baked.”
Bruce Springsteen won a special Tony Award for his sold-out Broadway show, “Springsteen on Broadway.” He also performed “My Hometown” later in the night.
Furthermore, Actor Robert DeNiro caused a stir while introducing Springsteen’s performance. The actor cursed twice saying, “f**k Trump.” He received a standing ovation.

Like the vast majority of the plays up for grants, “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two,” didn’t indicate film from its two-section take a gander at the kid wizard in adulthood. It didn’t have to.

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In spite of hitting New York with a $68.5 million spending that makes it the costliest play at any point delivered, the new “Harry Potter” is an affirmed crush.

In spite of hitting New York with a $68.5 million spending that makes it the costliest play at any point delivered, the new “Harry Potter” is an affirmed crush. Tickets as of now cost a huge number of dollars and are as difficult to get as those for “Hamilton.” The six Tony wins for “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two” are only sauce for what has been a record-shattering run.

The broadcast didn’t need for star control. Denzel Washington, Michael Cera, Tina Fey, and Amy Schumer were altogether selected and showed up amid the communicate.

Bruce Springsteen, as of now pressing them in with his private show “Springsteen on Broadway,” is relied upon to perform. He was regarded with a unique Tony Award toward the start of the communication. And introduced to him by kindred rocker Billy Joel.

Bareilles and Groban showed up sporadically finished the course of the three-hour broadcast, inclining intensely on their melodic abilities, rather than grasping a more joke-arranged approach. Notwithstanding keeping the show moving, they were entrusted with banishing all recollections of a year ago’s emcee, Kevin Spacey, whose vocation has imploded in the wake of lewd behaviour affirmations.

Therefore, in any case, the greatest work of art, and one of the passionate features of the night originated from entertainers who aren’t easily recognized names. Individuals from the dramatization office at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, survivors of a school shooting in Parkland, Florida. And that killed seventeen individuals, got a deafening applause for their interpretation of “Seasons of Love” from “Rent.”

TONY AWARDS 2018: FULL LIST OF WINNERS

TONY AWARDS 2018


Best Play

  • Harry Potter and the Cursed Child ⇒ WINNER
  • The Children
  • Latin History for Morons
  • Farinelli and the King
  • Junk

Best Musical

  • The Band’s Visit ⇒ WINNER
  • SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical
  • Mean Girls
  • Frozen

Best Revival of a Play

  • Angels in America ⇒ WINNER
  • Three Tall Women
  • Lobby Hero
  • Travesties
  • The Iceman Cometh

Best Revival of a Musical

  • My Fair Lady
  • Once On This Island ⇒ WINNER
  • Carousel

Best Book of a Musical

  • The Band’s Visit, Itamar Moses ⇒ WINNER
  • Frozen, Jennifer Lee
  • Mean Girls, Tina Fey
  • SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical, Kyle Jarrow

Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre

  • Angels in America, Music: Adrian Sutton
  • The Band’s Visit, Music & Lyrics: David Yazbek ⇒ WINNER
  • Frozen, Music & Lyrics: Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez
  • Mean Girls, Music: Jeff Richmond Lyrics: Nell Benjamin
  • SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical
    • Music & Lyrics: Yolanda Adams, Steven Tyler & Joe Perry of Aerosmith, Sara Bareilles, Jonathan Coulton, Alex Ebert of Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, The Flaming Lips, Lady Antebellum, Cyndi Lauper & Rob Hyman, John Legend, Panic! at the Disco, Plain White T’s, They Might Be Giants, T.I., Domani & Lil’C

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play

  • Andrew Garfield, “Angels in America ⇒ WINNER
  • Tom Hollander, Travesties
  • Jamie Parker, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two
  • Mark Rylance, Farinelli and The King
  • Denzel Washington, Eugene O’Neill’s The Iceman Cometh

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play

  • Glenda Jackson, Edward Albee’s Three Tall Women ⇒ WINNER
  • Condola Rashad, Saint Joan
  • Lauren Ridloff, Children of a Lesser God
  • Amy Schumer, Meteor Shower

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical

  • Harry Hadden-Paton, “My Fair Lady”
  • Joshua Henry, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel
  • Tony Shalhoub, The Band’s Visit ⇒ WINNER
  • Ethan Slater, SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical

  • Lauren Ambrose, My Fair Lady
  • Hailey Kilgore, Once On This Island
  • LaChanze, Summer: The Donna Summer Musical
  • Katrina Lenk, The Band’s Visit ⇒ WINNER
  • Taylor Louderman, Mean Girls
  • Jessie Mueller, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel

Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play

  • Anthony Boyle, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two
  • Michael Cera, Lobby Hero
  • Brian Tyree Henry, Lobby Hero
  • Nathan Lane, Angels in America ⇒ WINNER
  • David Morse, Eugene O’Neill’s The Iceman Cometh

Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play

  • Susan Brown, Angels in America
  • Noma Dumezweni, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two
  • Deborah Findlay, The Children
  • Denise Gough, Angels in America
  • Laurie Metcalf, Edward Albee’s Three Tall Women ⇒ WINNER

Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical

  • Norbert Leo Butz, My Fair Lady
  • Alexander Gemignani, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel
  • Grey Henson, Mean Girls
  • Gavin Lee, SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical
  • Ari’el Stachel, The Band’s Visit ⇒ WINNER

Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical

  • Ariana DeBose, Summer: The Donna Summer Musical
  • Renée Fleming, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel
  • Lindsay Mendez, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel ⇒ WINNER
  • Ashley Park, Mean Girls
  • Diana Rigg, My Fair Lady

Best Scenic Design of a Play

  • Miriam Buether, Edward Albee’s Three Tall Women
  • Jonathan Fensom, Farinelli and The King
  • Christine Jones, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two ***
  • Santo Loquasto, Eugene O’Neill’s The Iceman Cometh
  • Ian MacNeil and Edward Pierce, Angels in America

Best Scenic Design of a Musical

  • Dane Laffrey, Once On This Island
  • Scott Pask, The Band’s Visit
  • Scott Pask, Finn Ross & Adam Young, Mean Girls
  • Michael Yeargan, My Fair Lady
  • David Zinn, SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical ⇒ WINNER

Best Costume Design of a Play

  • Jonathan Fensom, Farinelli and The King
  • Nicky Gillibrand, Angels in America
  • Katrina Lindsay, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two ⇒ WINNER
  • Ann Roth, Edward Albee’s Three Tall Women
  • Ann Roth, Eugene O’Neill’s The Iceman Cometh

Best Costume Design of a Musical

  • Gregg Barnes, Mean Girls
  • Clint Ramos, Once On This Island
  • Ann Roth, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel
  • David Zinn, SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical
  • Catherine Zuber, My Fair Lady ⇒ WINNER

Best Lighting Design of a Play

  • Neil Austin, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two ⇒ WINNER
  • Paule Constable, Angels in America
  • Jules Fisher + Peggy Eisenhauer, Eugene O’Neill’s The Iceman Cometh
  • Paul Russell, Farinelli and The King
  • Ben Stanton, Junk

Best Lighting Design of a Musical

  • Kevin Adams, SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical
  • Jules Fisher + Peggy Eisenhauer, Once On This Island
  • Donald Holder, My Fair Lady
  • Brian MacDevitt, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel
  • Tyler Micoleau –  “The Band’s Visit” ⇒ WINNER

Best Sound Design of a Play

  • Adam Cork, Travesties
  • Ian Dickinson for Autograph, Angels in America
  • Gareth Fry, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two ⇒ WINNER
  • Tom Gibbons, 1984
  • Dan Moses Schreier, Eugene O’Neill’s The Iceman Cometh

Best Sound Design of a Musical

  • Kai Harada –  “The Band’s Visit” ⇒ WINNER
  • Peter Hylenski, Once On This Island
  • Scott Lehrer, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel
  • Brian Ronan, Mean Girls
  • Walter Trarbach and Mike Dobson, SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical

Best Direction of a Play

  • Marianne Elliott – “Angels in America”
  • Joe Mantello, Edward Albee’s Three Tall Women
  • Patrick Marber, Travesties
  • John Tiffany, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two ⇒ WINNER
  • George C. Wolfe, Eugene O’Neill’s The Iceman Cometh

Best Direction of a Musical

  • Michael Arden – “Once On This Island”
  • David Cromer –  “The Band’s Visit” ⇒ WINNER
  • Tina Landau, SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical
  • Casey Nicholaw, Mean Girls
  • Bartlett Sher, My Fair Lady

Best Choreography

  • Christopher Gattelli, My Fair Lady
  • Christopher Gattelli, SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical
  • Steven Hoggett, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two
  • Casey Nicholaw, Mean Girls
  • Justin Peck, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel ⇒ WINNER

Best Orchestrations

  • John Clancy, Mean Girls
  • Tom Kitt, SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical
  • Annmarie Milazzo & Michael Starobin, Once On This Island
  • Jamshied Sharifi, The Band’s Visit ⇒ WINNER
  • Jonathan Tunick, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel

Recipients of Awards and Honors in Non-competitive Categories

Special Tony Awards for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre

  • Chita Rivera
  • Andrew Lloyd Webber

Special Tony Awards

  • John Leguizamo
  • Bruce Springsteen

Regional Theatre Tony Award

  • La MaMa E.T.C.
  • New York City

Isabelle Stevenson Tony Award

  • Nick Scandalios

Tony Honors for Excellence in the Theatre

  • Sara Krulwich
  • Bessie Nelson
  • Ernest Winzer Cleaners

Josh Groban and Sara Bareilles, who co-hosted the awards show, kicked things off with a piano duet and they poked fun at the fact that neither of them has won Tony or Grammy Awards.
“Neither one of us has ever won anything. So this is for the people who lose,” the hosts sang.
Both have made their Broadway debuts, Groban in 2016’s “Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812,” and Bareilles in 2017’s “Waitress.”
In addition, Andrew Garfield gave a passionate speech while accepting the award for lead actor in a play for his work in “Angels in America. He referenced a recent Supreme Court decision relating to a Colorado baker to who declined to make a cake for a same-sex wedding.
“We are all sacred and we all belong,” Garfield said. “So, let’s just bake a cake for everyone who wants a cake to be baked.”
Bruce Springsteen won a special Tony Award for his sold-out Broadway show, “Springsteen on Broadway.” He also performed “My Hometown” later in the night.
Furthermore, Actor Robert DeNiro caused a stir while introducing Springsteen’s performance. The actor cursed twice saying, “f**k Trump.” He received a standing ovation.
“First, I wanna say, ‘f**k Trump.’ It’s no longer ‘Down with Trump,’ it’s ‘f**k Trump.'”
In addition, Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber and Broadway star, Chita Rivera both received lifetime achievement awards.
TONY AWARDS 2018

Tony nominated shows, ranked from worst to best

With the Tony Awards 2018 upon us, it’s obvious that this past season was not an especially good one for Broadway — especially coming after a run of seasons that brought such shows as “Hamilton,” “Fun Home,” “Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812,” “Dear Evan Hansen” and “Come From Away.” (The 2018 Tony Awards telecast airs on June 10, on CBS, beginning at 8 p.m. EDT. The Tony Awards will be hosted by Josh Groban and Sara Bareilles.)

The two most Tony-nominated shows this year, “Mean Girls” and “The SpongeBob SquarePants Musical,” are both likable, but deeply flawed efforts. The show’s that many expected to dazzle this year — revivals of “Carousel” and “The Iceman Cometh,” Disney’s “Frozen,” new plays by Beau Willimon (“The Parisian Woman”) and Steve Martin (“Meteor Shower”) — all disappointed.

While hardly the worst show of the season — the likes of “Escape to Margaritaville,” “M. Butterfly,” and “The Parisian Woman” would all duke it out for that dishonor — Disney’s stage adaptation of their animated blockbuster was surely the most disappointing. A show about magic that was anything but magical, its visual drabness and lack of invention was even more notable in the year that brought us “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.” It earned three nominations, including Best Musical, but don’t expect it to win anything.

  1. Meteor Shower

A better title would have been “Trainwreck.” Steve Martin’s insufferable absurdist comedy earned just one nomination for its star, Amy Schumer. The actress was likable enough in an incoherent role. But her nod seems more an attempt to just star power to the Tonys telecast than anything else.

  1. Frozen

While hardly the worst show of the season — the likes of “Escape to Margaritaville,” “M. Butterfly,” and “The Parisian Woman” would all duke it out for that dishonor. Disney’s stage adaptation of their animated blockbuster was surely the most disappointing. A show about magic that was anything but magical, its visual drabness and lack of invention was even more notable in the year that brought us “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.” It earned three nominations, including Best Musical, but don’t expect it to win anything.

  1. Farinelli and the King

British actor Mark Rylance has collected three Tonys over the past decade. But don’t expect him to add a fourth for this odd and emotionally remote vanity project, written by Rylance’s wife, Claire van Kempen, in which he played King Philippe V of Spain, as slips into the throes of madness. The show picked up a total of five nominations, including Best Play, but will also likely go home empty-handed.

  1. Saint Joan

A very talky, very stodgy play best left to A. P. English class, George Bernard Shaw’s “Saint Joan” is tough to take under even the best of circumstances. And this revival was definitely not the best of circumstances. The production notched only one nomination, for star Condola Rashad’s turn as Joan of Arc. Though the nod seems more an acknowledgment of this gifted actresses’ vast potential than this particular (and peculiarly unremarkable) performance.

  1. The Iceman Cometh

This George C. Wolfe-directed revival of the epic Eugene O’Neill tragedy starring Denzel Washington was greeted with mostly favorable reviews and eight nominations. Though the enthusiasm strikes me as having more to do with the show’s pedigree than what’s actually onstage. From my seat, Best Actor nominee Washington was fundamentally miscast and resorted to way too many Denzel-isms. As the drunken ne’er-do-well Theodore “Hickey” Hickman. The production, while handsome, was only intermittently engaging. And seemed to have no clear take on O’Neill’s magnum opus.

  1. The Children

This is one of those British imports that you know you’re supposed to like — it’s well-acted, nicely designed, intriguingly written. But that never quite gets you in the gut. It likely won’t win for either for its two nominations (for Best Play and Best Featured Actress, Deborah Findlay). Still, I’m curious to see what playwright Lucy Kirkwood comes up next.

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  1. Travesties

Tom Stoppard’s gratingly “clever” play — which imagines a meeting of the minds between James Joyce, Lenin and Tristan Tzara.Which can test the patience of even the biggest Stoppard fans (and I count myself in the group). This handsome but emotionally remote revival, directed by Patrick Marber and starring the impressive Tom Hollander (both Tony nominees), never makes the case that the play is anything more than intellectual show-offery.

  1. Carousel

A lovely dud, this Jack O’Brien-directed revival of the Rodgers and Hammerstein’s classic picked up eleven nominations, and two of its stars — lead actor Joshua Henry and featured actress Lindsay Mendez — could prove Tony winners. But it’s hard to imagine this fundamentally static production lasting much beyond the New Year on Broadway.

  1. 1984

This in-your-face, often-ear-splitting violent stage adaptation of George Orwell’s classic novel seemed to be trying a little too hard to be relevant, and its jarring violence was certainly not to everyone’s taste. But there was no denying the show’s technical savvy; it could end up a winner in the Best Sound Design category.

  1. Summer: The Donna Summer Musical

This jukebox musical about singer Donna Summer wins no points for coherence, as it skips from one incident to the next in the life of its title figure, barely explaining anything. Still, you could do a lot worse than the show’s propulsive disco soundtrack, especially as sung by LaChanze and Ariana DeBose (above), who play Summer at different points in her life. They deservedly earned the shows only two nominations — LaChanze in the lead category, DeBose for featured actress.

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  1. Mean Girls

Some found it fetch, but I was only occasionally amused by this brightly colored, but overlong adaptation of the Tina Fey movie comedy. Its twelve nominations illustrate how weak a year it was for new musicals, and it’s hard to imagine it winning many. Still, the show has proven a hit, and you can expect Fey to pick up a consolation prize for Best Book of a Musical.

  1. My Fair Lady

For me, the season’s most confounding effort — a sumptuous and beautifully sung revival of a retrograde musical-comedy that looks starkly out of place in our current #MeToo moment. My reservations aside, expect it to follow two superior Lincoln Center revivals, “South Pacific” and “The King and I” to Tonys glory and snap up the Best Revival of a Musical, as well as prizes for featured performers Diana Rigg and Norbert Leo Butz. And though not without stiff competition, stars Lauren Ambrose and Harry Hadden-Patton could make it a clean sweep.

  1. The Band’s Visit

A show so slight and whispery it sometimes seems in danger of evaporating right before your eyes, David Yazbek’s adaptation of the 2007 Israeli comedy of the same name has nonetheless become a critic’s darling and a modest hit at the box office. In the absence of anything resembling formidable competition, it will almost certainly take home the Best Musical and Best Score prizes, and the lovely lead actress Katrina Lenk is a strong contender as well. Whether in a few years time anyone will remember that this show even existed is another matter entirely.

  1. Children of a Lesser God

Perhaps the season’s most underrated effort, this heartfelt and beautifully acted revival of Mark Medoff’s play about the romance between a deaf woman and her hearing teacher earned just one nomination, for lead actress Lauren Ridloff (her acting debut — and an astonishing one). Her equally impressive co-star Joshua Jackson, however, was stiffed, and the show itself deserved a slot among the Best Revival nominees. A victim of poor reviews and ho-hum box office, it closed weeks earlier than originally scheduled.

TONY AWARDS 2018

  1. The Spongebob Squarepants Musical

Much like the cartoon it’s based on, this musical is a lovable mess —alternately enchanting and inane, beautiful and garish. Save for a couple of numbers, the patched-together score (there are songs here from the likes of Sara Bareilles, The Flaming Lips, Lady Antebellum and Cyndi Lauper) is forgettable, and the story inexplicable. But you also can’t take your eyes off David’s resplendently weird set, and Ethan Slater serves up the most eccentric star-is-born performance in recent memory. (It’s a tight category, but my money is on Slater to take home the Best Actor award.)

  1. Lobby Hero

Perhaps the season’s biggest revelation was this revival of Kenneth Lonergan’s 2001 morality play about a Manhattan doorman trying to figure out what to do with information he probably shouldn’t have. The play had previously struck me as slight, but this staging — superbly directed by Trip Cullman and expertly acted by Michael Cera, Chris Evans, Brian Tyler Henry and Bel Powley — made the show feel fresh and urgent. Both Cera and Henry earned well-deserved Best Featured Actor nods, though will probably lose on Tony night to stiffer competition.

  1. Once on this Island

Far and away the year’s strongest musical revival — even if the show itself isn’t all that strong — Michael Arden’s ravishingly imagined take on Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty’s 1990 mashup of Caribbean rhythms and Greek myth deserves to take home more awards than it likely will. Still, if “SpongeBob” doesn’t suck up all the oxygen in the room, though, it could get a couple of technical nods for its lighting and set design.

  1. Latin History for Morons

Three cheers to the nominating committee for recognizing John Leguizamo’s funny and very touching monologue in the Best Play category. The latest project in Leguizamo ongoing (and one of a kind) project of comic self-analysis. Leguizamo will already be receiving a Special Tony Award for career achievement, so he’s got no chance of winning the Best Play prize. But let the nomination be a reminder that he is a national treasure.

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  1. Junk

The year’s most unsung play, this rip-roaring financial melodrama — written by Ayad Akhtar, whose “Disgraced” won the Pulitzer a few years back. It tells a loosely fictionalized version of the Michael Milken-Ivan Boesky-junk bond scandal of the 1980s with wit and subtlety. It’s nominated for two awards, Best Play and Best Lighting Design. But its superb cast (especially lead actor Steven Pasquale) deserved recognition.

  1. Three Tall Women

This revival of Edward Albee’s 1991 Pulitzer Prize-winning play sneaks up on with its mix of biting humor and insidious anguish. Its power is in large part due to three unforgettable performances: Glenda Jackson (a lock for the Best Actress Tony), Laurie Metcalf (a possible spoiler for Best Featured Actress — even though she won a Tony just last year) and Alison Pill (sadly not nominated — though the competition in Best Featured Actress this year was fierce).

  1. Angels in America

Both of the season’s best shows were two-part epics, with Marianne Elliot’s ravishing revival of the Tony Kushner modern classic “Angels in America” clocking in at nearly eight hours. But Elliot (a strong contender for the Best Director prize) keeps springing invention upon invention, and the astonishing cast — four of whom, including Andrew Garfield and Nathan Lane, are up for Tonys — makes the minutes fly by.

  1. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two

It offers stagecraft unlike any you’ve ever seen — a swirl of special effects and visual surprises and “how-they’d-do-that” moments that leaves a smile plastered on your face for the better part of five-and-a-half-hours. But the real marvel of J.K. Rowling, writer Jack Thorne and director John Tiffany’s stage continuation of Rowling’s “Harry Potter” novels is how much feeling, intelligence, whimsy, and wit it contains — in other words, how much it seems all of a piece with all things “Harry Potter.” Expect the show to win Best Play, as well as a host of technical awards; and if there’s an upset of the evening, it will be Anthony Boyle — so inventive and appealing as Scorpius Malfoy, Draco’s very awkward teenage son — beating out Nathan Lane for Best Featured Actor.

TONY AWARDS 2018


Source: independent.co.uk, edition.cnn.com, nj.com, deadline.com, forbes.com

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Pete Davidson Reveals Tattoos Inspired by Ariana Grande

Pete Davidson Reveals Tattoos Inspired by Ariana Grande

Pete Davidson Reveals Tattoos Inspired by Ariana Grande

Things are heating up and moving fast for Ariana Grande and new boyfriend Pete Davidson.

Pete Davidson Reveals Tattoos Inspired by Ariana Grande
Pete Davidson & Ariana Grande

The “Saturday Night Live” comedian, 24, got two tattoos to showcase his growing love for the 24-year-old pop star. Pete Davidson Reveals Tattoos Inspired by Ariana Grande

According to tattoo artist London Reese, Davidson got a black bunny ear mask tattoo behind his left ear.

The mask looks strikingly similar to the mask Grande occasionally wears on stage and certainly the mask she wore on the cover of her latest album, “Dangerous Woman.”

Reese captioned the black-and-white snap, “We had a good night.”

We had a good night.

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However, BuzzFeed reports the caption originally read, “We had a good night somewhere in the hills of Los Angeles. Pete loves him some Ariana.”

Reese also appeared to delete the second snap showcasing Davidson’s second tattoo of Grande’s initials, “AG,” on his right thumb.

While Grande is yet to share her thoughts on the new ink, she did Instagram several messages on Saturday night and one clearly read, “Pete Davidson is the best person on earth goodnight.”

Pete Davidson can’t get enough of Ariana Grande.

Pete Davidson Reveals Tattoos Inspired by Ariana GrandeHours after it was revealed that Davidson, 24, got two tattoos that seemingly reference the “No Tears Left to Cry” singer, also 24, he raved about his new love interest’s Wango Tango set on Instagram.

“Are you f—ing kidding me!!!??” the Saturday Night Live star wrote alongside an image of Grande’s performance.

“So f—ing lit,” he continued, adding four heart-eyed emojis to the message.

During her set, Grande gave fans their first taste of “The Light Is Coming,” a new song from her forthcoming album Sweetener.

Telling the crowd that she would be releasing the song on June 20, Grande went on to explain the track “features my big sister Nicki Minaj,” according to Rolling Stone.

“We wanted to give you a little preview of it tonight,” she continued. “I’m so nervous.”

Grande previously shared a preview of the song on social media, which was retweeted by Minaj.

Showing off Davidson’s new inkings on Saturday, tattoo artist London Reese posted a photograph of a black bunny ear mask — which looks similar to the accessory worn by Grande on the Dangerous Woman album cover — located behind Davidson’s ear. Reese later disabled comments on the image.

Pete Davidson Reveals Tattoos Inspired by Ariana GrandeAlthough Reese captioned the photograph, “We had a good night,” according to Buzzfeed, the tattoo artist initially captioned the photograph, “We had a good night somewhere in the hills of Los Angeles. Pete loves him some Ariana.”

Reese also deleted a photograph of Davidson’s second tattoo, which consisted of Grande’s initials on his hand, according to the outlet.

This news came shortly after Grande supported Davidson at his stand-up comedy set in Atlantic City, New Jersey, on Friday night.

While Davidson didn’t directly reference the singer in his set, he did appear to be wearing one of her sweatshirts onstage.

“Saturday Night Live” comic Pete Davidson and singer-actress Ariana Grande, who confirmed their relationship via romantic Instagram posts on their respective accounts last week, have become indelibly attached — literally.

Davidson, 24, has gotten a neck tattoo of Grande’s black mask-and-bunny-ears headdress from Grande’s Dangerous Woman tour, according to an Instagram post by Los Angeles tattoo artist London Reese. “We had a good night,” Reese captioned the black-and-white photo, after having previously continued the caption with “somewhere in the hills of Los Angeles. Pete loves him some Ariana,” according to Buzzfeed.com.

the chamber of secrets has been opened …

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Following the 24-year-old Grande’s performance at the KIIS-FM Wango Tango show in Los Angeles Saturday,  Davidson posted a still image from the show on Instagram Stories, captioned “Are you [expletive] kidding me!!!?? So [expletive] lit,” followed by four smiley-face emoji with hearts for eyes.

Three hours later, Grande posted an Instagram Stories image of several pieces of text against a black background. Read one: “pete davidson is the best person on earth goodnight.”

i thought u into my life 💭 woah ! look at my mind 💡⚡️🙈

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One day later, Grande shared her own PDA-packed photo of the couple, writing, “I thought u into my life woah ! look at my mind.”

Source: people.com, pagesix.com, newsday.com

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Kanye West Latest Album Review

Kanye West - Latest Album Review

Kanye West Latest Album Review

The world’s most talked-about rapper is bracingly honest about his mental health struggles – though his attitude towards women still needs work

Kanye West: ye review – a candid tour of a troubled mind

(4/5 stars)- 4 out of 5 stars.

(GOOD Music / Def Jam)

Kanye West - Latest Album Review
Kanye West

Kanye West Latest Album Review. It seems a strange thing to say about an album premiered at a globally live-streamed exclusive playback that involved flying journalists and “influencers” to the mountain ranges of Wyoming – an event with its own merchandise range, including a long-sleeved T-shirt that retails for $145 – but there is something curiously low-key about Kanye West’s new album. At least by Kanye West’s standards.

It is neither a bold stylistic statement in the vein of 808s and Heartbreak(from 2008) or Yeezus (2013), nor a sprawling address along the lines of My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy or ye’s immediate predecessor, The Life of Pablo. Its seven tracks – none of them an obvious hit single – clock in at a trim 23 minutes. Its cover was apparently snapped by West on his phone en route to the launch. Neither of the curious, attention-grabbing singles that preceded it are included, though the lyrical concerns of Ye vs the People are peppered throughout – you hear quite a lot about how no one fully understands the genius-level thought processes that led West to come out in favour of Donald Trump, which to hear him tell it was an act of nonpareil selflessness in the service of humanity.

Many Kanye West fans did not believe that a new album would actually be released on the 1 June. The controversial artist had promised release dates before on Twitter and not delivered (TurboGrafx 16), why would this time be any different?

Yet, here we are. Following a listening party in Wyoming, West released his eighth studio album, ye, onto streaming services.

While the seven-track record – featuring guest appearances from Kid Cudi, PartyNextDoor, and Nicki Minaj – may have only been available for a day, some publications have already offered up reviews, the consensus being somewhat mixed.

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Kanye West Latest Album Review
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And despite the absence of the gibberish-strewn Lift Yourself, that track’s wilfully rough quality clings to sections of the album, not least the astonishing Ghost Town, which you would describe as having an epic, valedictory tone were it not for the fact that it feels like it’s falling apart before your very ears. An air-punch-inducing riff crashes around, played by a band that sound barely capable of holding themselves upright. Both West’s and Kid Cudi’s singing is off-key, and a guest appearance from John Legend sounds more like a placeholder guide vocal than a finished product. His voice cracks and strains, he slurs and mumbles, and occasionally sounds either like he’s forgotten the lyrics or was never given any in the first place. The overall effect is simultaneously stirring and unsettling, compounded by the lyrical references to self-harming and opiate addiction.

You might hesitate to say that Ghost Town sounds like the work of a mind in the process of unravelling – the ongoing speculation about the state of West’s mental health is lurid and unsavoury – were it not for the fact that West himself spends large chunks of ye telling you that his mind is unravelling. It’s hard to think of another major rap album that exposes and dwells upon its star’s struggles with mental illness to this extent. West angrily brushes away other people’s concerns and offers of support, but then discusses his despairing thoughts of suicide and depressive “bad days” in starkly affecting terms: “Screamed so loud got no lungs, hurt so bad I go numb”. Then he brags about it, which feels like a very Kanye response to being diagnosed with a psychiatric disorder: “That’s my bipolar shit … that’s my superpower … I’m a superhero! I’m a superhero!”

It’s not the only reason why West emerges from ye a more relatable, sympathetic, even likeable figure than he has on previous albums. There is something winning about how his defence of his positions on Trump and slavery is undercut by his sheepish admission that they led to what sounds like a pretty nuclear-powered bollocking from his wife. Still, there is plenty of the usual hip-hop fare on offer in the lyrics. The ongoing feud between the denizens of West’s GOOD Music label and Drake’s OVO organisation is stoked further on the trash-talking Make No Mistake, replete with West mocking Drake’s skin tone. And his attitude to women could still use some work: “You know how many girls I took to the titty shop?” he asks at one point, as if women are possessions one can modify like cars.

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Kanye West Latest Album Review
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From the start, West has traded in his own contradictions, not least admonishing consumerism while bragging about his rapacious spending, but he has never done it as provocatively as on the closing Violent Crimes, a track in which he admits to his as-a-father-of-daughters revelation that women are people too. He writhes in agony at the thought of North West (currently age four) reaching puberty, and his horror is compounded by the idea that she might inherit her mother’s figure. “Father forgive me, I’m scared of the karma,” he yelps, presumably looking back at those visits to the titty shop with a rueful eye. His paternal anguish is set to a lovely piano figure and a sweet chorus, courtesy of Dej Loaf.

There are plenty of imbalanced moments. The scampering, falsetto vocals on All Mine quickly grate, and while there is something audacious about the way I Thought About Killing You suddenly turns into a completely different track three-quarters of the way through, neither of its two contrasting parts are anything to write home about. Still, they’re levelled out by stuff that is thrilling, such as the crashing drums and slick 70s soul vocal of No Mistakes and Wouldn’t Leave’s scattered, sparse eeriness. For all its brevity, ye doesn’t feel slight. Substantially more focused than its predecessor, it packs a lot into 23 minutes. It is bold, risky, infuriating, compelling and a little exhausting: a vivid reflection of its author.

Music fans hailed Ye after the album was unveiled at a celebrity-packed listening party in the Wyoming mountains.

Kanye West’s latest album has largely received positive reviews, despite the controversial hip hop star recently coming under fire for saying slavery was “a choice” and endorsing Donald Trump as his “brother”.

Kanye West - Latest Album Review
Kanye West – Latest Album “ye” Album Art

The 21-time Grammy Award winner unveiled the new music from the project – simply entitled Ye – at a listening party in Wyoming on Thursday.

He flew a whole host of celebrities and journalists to listen to the seven-track instalment in the mountains while gathered around bonfires.

West was reportedly introduced by comedian Chris Rock and was joined by the likes of actor Jonah Hill and fellow rappers Big Sean, Nas and Pusha T at the celebrity-packed event.

The 40-year-old star, who is regarded as one of his genre’s all-time greats, made Ye available online hours later. The album features appearances from artists such as Nicki Minaj, John Legend and Kid Kudi.

The star’s wife, Kim Kardashian West, also attended the listening party and later revealed West took the photo for the album artwork earlier that day on his mobile phone.

“Kanye shot the album cover on his iPhone on the way to the album listening party,” she tweeted.

The artwork features a mountain landscape and a field with the words “I hate being Bi-Polar its awesome” (sic) scribbled over it in bright green.

The highly-anticipated project – his eighth studio album – follows 2016’s The Life of Pablo and his treatment in hospital due to mental health issues later that year.

Controversy has followed since his return to Twitter in 2018, where he said he was publishing a philosophy book “in real time” straight to the social media website.

Kanye West - Latest Album Review
Kanye West with Donald-Trump

He tweeted that President Trump was his “brother” and that they were both “dragon energy”, adding: “You don’t have to agree with Trump but the mob can’t make me not love him.”

A backlash also followed an interview with TMZ during which he suggested slavery in America was “a choice”.

West references the episode on the album with the lyrics: “They said build your own, I said, ‘How, Sway?’ I said slavery’s a choice, they said, ‘How, Ye?’ Just imagine if they caught me on a wild day.”

However, some fans appeared to look past the musician’s recent remarks.

“Yall two weeks ago: KANYE IS CANCELLED, I’m not listening to his new music. I. AM. DONE,” wrote one Twitter user, before adding: “Yall today:” with a gif of rapper Jay Z dancing, referencing their enjoyment of West’s new music.

Hollywood’s Ryan Phillippe called Ye “kinda amazing”, while other fans called it a “piece of art” and the rapper’s “most hopeful and prettiest album”.

However some were not as pleased with what they heard. Comedian Akilah Hughes wrote: “This song is literally about when he tweeted that slavery was a choice. This is some lazy end of semester work is what this album is. #Ye.”

Source: independent.co.uk, theguardian.com, news.sky.com

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THE STORY OF ADIDON: Pusha-T Fires Back at Drake

Pusha-T Fires Back at Drake

Pusha-T Fires Back at Drake With Ferocious Diss Track ‘The Story of Adidon’ (Listen)

Drake with a ferocious and very personal new diss track. Pusha-T has doubled down on Drake with a ferocious and very personal new diss track called “The Story of Adidon” — which comes after Drake fired back at him on Friday night with one called “Duppy Freestyle” that was a response to the track “Infared” on Pusha-T’s latest album “Daytona” which was released on Friday morning and was produced by Kanye West. Along the way there were lyrical jabs about the controversy reinvigorating Pusha’s career and a $100,000 invoice from Drake for “promotional assistance and career-reviving,” as well as a parallel Twitter war between West’s wife Kim Kardashian and his partner in the Donda’s House charity, Rhymefest, in which neither Drake, Pusha or West were directly involved. Got all that?

Pusha-T Fires Back at Drake

“The Story of Adidon” ups the ante, with a cover photo of Drake in blackface makeup and a hard lyrical jab about the biracial rapper being “always afraid he wasn’t black enough.” Pusha responded to criticism about the photo by Tweeting, “Please stop referring to this picture as ‘artwork’ …I’m not an internet baby, I don’t edit images…this is a REAL picture…these are his truths, see for yourself,” with a link to photographer David Leyes’ site. He also goes after Drake for a child he allegedly fathered as well as his producer Noah “40” Shebib’s multiple sclerosis. While West has been relatively silent on social media for the past few days as he finishes the album he’s scheduled to drop this Friday, his prominent role in “Daytona” and Pusha’s career makes him a participant in the battle as well.

 

Source: variety.com

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A$AP Rocky’s Testing Album Unveiled

A$AP Rocky’s Testing Album Unveiled

A$AP Rocky has unveiled the tracklist and production credits for his upcoming third album, Testing. The rapper has been teasing his follow-up to 2015’s At.Long. Last.A$AP over the past week, which included him alluding to the album possibly being released on Friday. A$AP Rocky’s Testing Album Unveiled.

Hector Delgado serves as a co-producer on the majority of the album’s 15 tracks, with additional contributions from featured artists Skepta and Dev Hynes, among several other producers.

A$AP Rocky has released a handful of songs this year, including “5ive Stars” and “Bad Company,” both of which were accompanied by a caption that read “TESTING.” However, neither song appears on his Testing track list.

A$AP Rocky Testing Track List
1. “Distorted Records”
2. “ASAP Forever” featuring Kid Cudi and Moby
3. “Tony Tone”
4. “Fukk Sleep” featuring FKA Twigs
5. “Praise the Lord (Da Shine)” featuring Skepta
6. “Calldrop” featuring Kodak Black
7. “Buckshots” featuring Playboi Carti and Smooky MarGielaa
8. “Gunz n Butta”
9. “Brotha Man” featuring French Montana and Frank Ocean
10. “OG Beeper”
11. “Kid$ Turned Out Fine”
12. “Hun43rd” featuring Dev Hynes
13. “Changing”
14. “Black Tux”
15. “Purity” featuring Frank Ocean and Ms. Lauryn Hill

 

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