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72nd Tony Awards Preview

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With summer just kicking off, the biggest night of Broadway is just around the corner, the 72nd Tony Awards. Sara Bareilles and Josh Groban will make their hosting debuts in the legendary Music City Radio Hall. To help you get ready for the all red carpet razzle dazzle and the inevitable live show flubs, here is what you should expect to see for the buzzing 2018 Tony Awards show.

 

But before we get to all of that, one notable award being given out will be the Excellence in Theatre Education Award. Melody Herzfeld, the drama teacher at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, will be receiving the honor, in acknowledgment of excellence in theater education and how she plays a vital role in helping students embrace their creativity and reach their full potential. Talk about a true hero.

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Now what you’ve all been waiting for. Mean Girls and SpongeBob SquarePants lead the field with 12 nominations each, and will face off against The Band’s Visit—itself with 11 nominations—and Frozen for Best Musical. There’s also some history being made on the play side, with the revival of Angels in America earning 11 nominations, breaking the record for most nominations for a play in Tony Awards history. But bigger than that may be the success of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, leading the way as the most honored new play with a total of 10 nominations. It’s official, J.K. Rowling has cast a spell on Broadway.

Other noteworthy awards being handed out are the two Special Tony Awards, which will be received by legendary musician Bruce Springsteen and John Leguizamo.

 

Make sure to tune in to the 72nd Tony Awards when it airs this Sunday, June 10, at 8pm on CBS.

 

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Albums to be Excited for this Fall

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Nothing gets me quite as excited as music does. Music is such an integral part of my life, and has been for as long as I can remember. I see music as a powerful way to connect us to others, inspire us, and make us feel like we’re not alone. New music always feels a little magical, kind of like Christmas morning. I’m especially excited for this fall because some of my favorite artists are releasing new albums. Here are some of the albums that I’m most looking forward to this fall.

Regina Spektor – Remember Us to Life
I’ve loved Regina Spektor since her hit single “Fidelity” came out when I was in middle school. Since then, I’ve followed her music closely. What I really love about Regina Spektor is her unique voice and choices she makes with her songs. From an undeniable talent to off-the-wall sound effects to an intense piano focus, Spektor always brings something new to her music. Her songs are raw and heartfelt, often addressing heartbreaking topics and larger social issues.  
She started her career in 2004 with the album Soviet Kitsch and has been producing incredible work ever since. Each album Regina Spektor releases is better than the last. She is an artist that continually strives to make powerful music that people can truly connect to. That being said, I am unexplainably excited for her new album. It’s been four years since her last record, and I can only imagine the astounding work she will present us with this new album. It already looks promising with the release of her single, “Bleeding Heart,” with its pop-punk sound but deep, underlying message of isolation and exclusion. Remember Us to Life is out now.

Green Day – Revolution Radio
Just when we thought our favorite punk-rock band was gone forever, Green Day snuck back into the music scene. Without announcing it, Green Day regrouped to record a new album in complete secrecy. The band first formed in 1986, finding success in the ‘90s with songs such as “Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)” and “Brain Stew.” However, it wasn’t until 2004 with their album American Idiot that the band really took off, winning a Grammy for Best Rock Album of the year. Since then, the band faded out of the limelight, eventually deciding to take a break in 2014. Now they’re back with their 12th studio album, Revolution Radio, with anticipation from fans. For me, Green Day brings back all the memories from my punk/scene phase. I remember being in fifth and sixth grade rocking out to Green Day in my bedroom. Staying true to their sound and politically-charged songs, their new single “Bang Bang” brings back all those rocking out vibes that are staples of the band’s music. The album is out now.

Bruce Springsteen – Chapter and Verse
The Boss is back with a new album sure to blow us all away. The new album Chapter and Verse is being released as a companion piece to Springsteen’s autobiography, Born to Run. Bruce Springsteen began his career in 1964 and has been changing the world of music ever since. With his iconic songs such as “Born to Run,” “Dancing in the Dark,” “Born in the USA,” and “Glory Days,” Bruce Springsteen is a legendary artist. I grew up listening to Springsteen and he’s always been one of my favorite artists. I’m really excited for his new music—not just because it’s Bruce Springsteen, but for the unique nature of this album. The new album is set with much anticipation because of its career-spanning compilation as well as the accompanying autobiography. The songs featured in Chapter and Verse were chosen by Springsteen to reflect the themes of the autobiography Born to Run. Both are out now.

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