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What’s Senator Sanders Doing

 

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What’s Senator Sanders Doing:

* Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) plans to introduce his “Medicare for allsingle-payer healthcare bill after Congress returns in September.

Speaking to constituents in Vermont Monday, Sanders admitted that the bill is unlikely to pass the Republican-controlled Congress or be signed by President Trump.

“If we pass this thing, it’s not going to be tomorrow, it would be the most significant step forward legislatively since I suspect the creation of Social Security in the 1930s. It’s a big deal,” he said, according to The Associated Press.

* Sen. Bernie Sanders will be in Indianapolis on Monday to attend a rally focused on jobs and the economy.

The rally begins at 4 p.m. at Monument Circle and is organized by Good Jobs Nation, an organization with a mission to “end the U.S. Government‘s role as America’s leading low-wage job creator.”

“What we’re doing is trying to get people together and get them to realize what is happening in this country with the loss of jobs,” Jones said. “No matter if it’s to Mexico or to China or to wherever, we are losing good-paying jobs, and some of these companies responsible are being rewarded with government contracts.

“What we want to do is hold some of the politicians accountable for some of the campaign promises made and bring attention to the fact that something needs to change.”

* Sen. Bernie Sanders, the former Democratic presidential candidate, will join U.S. Rep. John Conyers Jr. for a town hall meeting in Detroit next week to discuss healthcare and jobs.

A single-payer health care system is likely to be on the agenda. It was at the core of the Vermont independent’s 2016 campaign, and Conyers, the Detroit Democrat, has introduced Medicare-for-all legislation every Congress since 2003.

 

Correct It!

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Here’s something many of you may not know is going on that is very irresponsible. Journalists and reporters use Twitter alot to get information out to the public as quick as possible. Yesterday, Donald Trump tweeted out how he went to visit Alexandria gunshot victim, Congressman Scalise, in the hospital. Trump said Scalise was in rough condition and to pray for him. Well, reporter, Jim Acosta, sent out a tweet saying the President never visited Scalise at the hospita!. This was read by thousands and even Jake Tapper took Acosta’s word and reported the findings. Well, it turns out Jim Acosta was wrong, and therefore Jake Tapoer. But instead of tweeting out a retraction saying he was wrong, Mr. Acosta just deleted the tweet and called it a day. No retraction, yet tens of thousands of people thought Trump just lied. Luckily real reporters who still believe in fairness captured an image of the tweet in error and tried to spread the correct version of events around while also publicly shaming Acosta. The fair reporters weren’t conservatives, but progressives. They just believe in the integrity of their profession

This is just one example of what is happening with the news we intake, but it’s becoming a fairly big problem with those in corporate media trying to rush stories out. If they make a mistake, instead ot correcting it, they’re just deleting it.

2017 MTV Movie & TV Awards Nominations

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The nominees for the 2017 MTV Movie & TV Awards are in.

Get Out,” the horror film written and directed by Jordan Peele, earned the most nominations, with six. “Beauty and the Beast” and “Stranger Things” each racked up four nods, and “Atlanta,” “Game of Thrones,” “Hidden Figures,” “Logan,” “Moonlight” and “This Is Us” each had three.

The awards show, which will be hosted by “Workaholics” star Adam DeVine, will air on Sunday, May 7, at 8 p.m. on MTV.

Movie of the year (Presented by Toyota C-HR)

“Beauty and the Beast”
“The Edge of Seventeen”
“Get Out”
“Logan”
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Best actor in a movie

Taraji P. Henson – “Hidden Figures”
Hugh Jackman – “Logan”
Daniel Kaluuya – “Get Out”
James McAvoy – “Split”
Hailee Steinfeld – “The Edge of Seventeen”
Emma Watson – “Beauty and the Beast”

Show of the year

“Atlanta”
“Game of Thrones”
“Insecure”
“Pretty Little Liars”
“Stranger Things”
“This Is Us”

Best actor in a show

Millie Bobby Brown – “Stranger Things”
Emilia Clarke – “Game of Thrones”
Donald Glover – “Atlanta”
Mandy Moore – “This Is Us”
Jeffrey Dean Morgan – “The Walking Dead”
Gina Rodriguez – “Jane the Virgin”

Best kiss

Zac Efron and Anna Kendrick – “Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates
Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone – “La La Land”
Taraji P. Henson and Terrence Howard – “Empire”
Jharrel Jerome and Ashton Sanders – “Moonlight”
Dan Stevens and Emma Watson – “Beauty and the Beast”

Best villain

Wes Bentley – “American Horror Story”
Demogorgon – “Stranger Things”
Jared Leto – “Suicide Squad”
Jeffrey Dean Morgan – “The Walking Dead”
Allison Williams – “Get Out”

Best host

Samantha Bee – “Full Frontal With Samantha Bee”
Ellen DeGeneres – “The Ellen DeGeneres Show”
Trevor Noah – “The Daily Show”
John Oliver – “Last Week Tonight With John Oliver”
RuPaul – “RuPaul’s Drag Race”

Best documentary

“I Am Not Your Negro”
“O.J.: Made in America”
“13th”
“This Is Everything: Gigi Gorgeous”
“Time: The Kalief Browder Story”

Best reality competition

“America’s Got Talent”
“The Bachelor”
“MasterChef Junior”
“RuPaul’s Drag Race”
“The Voice”

Best comedic performance

Will Arnett – “The Lego Batman Movie”
Adam Devine – “Workaholics”
Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson – “Broad City”
Lil Rel Howery – “Get Out”
Seth MacFarlane – “Family Guy”
Seth Rogen – “Sausage Party”

Best hero

Stephen Amell – “Arrow”
Millie Bobby Brown – “Stranger Things”
Mike Colter – “Luke Cage”
Grant Gustin – “The Flash”
Taraji P. Henson – “Hidden Figures”
Felicity Jones – “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story”
Best tearjerker

“Game of Thrones” – death of Hodor (Kristian Nairn)
“Grey’s Anatomy” – Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) telling her children about Derek’s death
“Me Before You” – Will (Sam Claflin) telling Louisa (Emilia Clarke) he can’t stay with her
“Moonlight” – Paula (Naomie Harris) telling Chiron (Trevante Rhodes) that she loves him
“This Is Us” – Jack (Milo Ventimiglia) and Randall (Lonnie Chavis) at karate

Next generation

Riz Ahmed
Daniel Kaluuya
Chrissy Metz
Issa Rae
Yara Shahidi
Best duo

Luke Evans and Josh Gad – “Beauty and the Beast”
Brian Tyree Henry and Lakeith Stanfield – “Atlanta”
Lil Rel Howery and Daniel Kaluuya – “Get Out”
Hugh Jackman and Dafne Keen – “Logan”
Adam Levine and Blake Shelton – “The Voice”
Snoop Dogg and Martha Stewart – “Martha & Snoop’s Potluck Dinner Party”

Best American story

“Black-ish”
“Fresh Off the Boat”
“Jane the Virgin”
“Moonlight”
“Transparent”

Best fight against the system

“Get Out”
“Hidden Figures”
“Loving”
“Luke Cage”
“Mr. Robot”

Rex Tillerson’s Visit To Russia

Trump-Russian theorists are going to have to twist themselves into more contortions as Secretary Of State visits Putin to confront him with evidence that Russia conspired with Assad on the chemical attack on Syrians the other day/ His evidence is backed by US and UK authorities/ It definitely doesn’t fit within the Putin’s puppet theme unless you think they had a post-election lover’s quarrel. I’m not pro-Trump and I still think the airstrike was wrong, but I’m glad to see this insipid Russian bromance blowing up in what can only be called a political witch hunt. I don’t like when either side does it and I especially hate seeing the public manipulated by the media so easily. You might catch one or two bad actors in the web of connect the dots, but you’re not going to get the big enchilada, which is what really is wanted because of impeachment. But this investigation could last for longer than Trump’s whole term. So we’re kind of stuck with him from 2020. Keep your eye on the GOP agenda. Donald Trump is the distraction.

Thought Salad: February 16, 2017

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* This is an actual headline and story from the Associated Press: #Unbelievable: “Lindsay Lohan says Americans need to come together in support of President Donald Trump.”

* Then why all the salacious and hysterical headlines? The media trying to gain readers and profits. The bottom line.: “Tom Winter: NBC’s Pete Williams reports (as we all along) that investigators have found no collusion between Trump campaign and contacts in Russia.”

Kid Rock thinking of running for the Senate. In another day and time that would have been shocking!

* The lesson apparently is: Deep State leaks about Clinton were bad, but Deep State leaks about Trump are good. Because #nothingmattersDavid Sirota, journalist

* I’m in love with Susan Sarandon because she irritates all the right people! #Resist

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Thought Salad: January 29, 2017

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All hell broke loose yesterday when Trump’s Muslim ban went immediately into effect for refugees and people flying in from countries that were on the ban with even visas and green cards leaving many to be detained at the airports in the US upon arrival.

The countries and people effected were from  Iran, Iraq, Syria, Libya, Somalia, and Sudan.  It didn’t take long for protesters to show up at major airports around the country. New York‘s airport attracted thousands by nightfall.

By late afternoon, the ACLU was involved and had federal courts saying the ban was unconstitutional for the time being. However, the stay only applies to the people in the airports now and not future arrivals. All in all, a total mess right now.

Trump Banned Refugees From Mainly Countries We’ve Bombed

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Refugees from 7 Muslim countries will be barred & a religious test will be given to those seeking asylum “with Christians granted priority.”

That the President of the United States would order on Holocaust Memorial Day the banning of a people due to their religion is reprehensible

Donald Trump’s Inaugaral Address

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Trump’s Inauguration speech

President Donald Trump was sworn in Friday, January 20, 2017 as our 45th President.

His speech was one of the shortest in history coming in at approximately 16 minutes. The speech was very much like one of his campaign speeches and painted a very dark, dystopian view of America. One full of carnage, crime, and riddled with drug addiction. It also was a very pppulist, nationalistic speech that really didn’t tow neither a Democratic nor Republican party line. In fact, it attacked the Washington and corporate elite with no apologies. There really was nothing substantive about it, just rhetoric and hyperbole restating his slogan of “Making America Great Again.” And unlike other Presidential addresses there was no humility, graciousness, talk of unity, or inspirational goals. It was mostly aimed at his base and no one else. You can read the full text below:

 

“Chief Justice Roberts, President Carter, President Clinton, President Bush, President Obama, fellow Americans and people of the world, thank you.

We, the citizens of America, are now joined in a great national effort to rebuild our country and restore its promise for all of our people. Together we will determine the course of America and the world for many, many years to come. We will face challenges. We will confront hardships, but we will get the job done. Every four years we gather on these steps to carry out the orderly and peaceful transfer of power and we are grateful to President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama for their gracious aid throughout this transition. They have been magnificent. Thank you.

Today’s ceremony, however, has very special meaning because, today, we are not merely transferring power from one administration to another or from one party to another, but we are transferring power from Washington, D.C., and giving it back to you, the people.

For too long, a small group in our nation’s capital has reaped the rewards of government while the people have born the cost. Washington flourished, but the people did not share in its wealth. Politicians prospered, but the jobs left and the factories closed. The establishment protected itself, but not the citizens of our country. Their victories have not been your victories. Their triumphs have not been your triumphs and, while they celebrated in our nation’s capital, there was little to celebrate for struggling families all across our land.

That all changes starting right here and right now because this moment is your moment. It belongs to you. It belongs to everyone gathered here today and everyone watching all across America. This is your day. This is your celebration, and this, the United States of America, is your country.

What truly matters is not which party controls our government, but whether our government is controlled by the people. January 20th, 2017, will be remembered as the day the people became the rulers of this nation again. The forgotten men and women of our country will be forgotten no longer.

Everyone is listening to you now. You came by the tens of millions to become part of an historic movement, the likes of which the world has never seen before. At the center of this movement is a crucial conviction that a nation exists to serve its citizens. Americans want great schools for their children, safe neighborhoods for their families, and good jobs for themselves. These are just and reasonable demands of righteous people and a righteous public, but for too many of our citizens, a different reality exists.

Mothers and children trapped in poverty in our inner cities, rusted out factories scattered like tombstones across the landscape of our nation, an education system flush with cash, but which leaves our young and beautiful students deprived of all knowledge and the crime and the gangs and the drugs that have stolen too many lives and robbed our country of so much unrealized potential. This American carnage stops right here and stops right now.

We are one nation and their pain is our pain. Their dreams are our dreams and their success will be our success. We share one heart, one home and one glorious destiny. The oath of office I take today is an oath of allegiance to all Americans. For many decades, we’ve enriched foreign industry at the expense of American industry, subsidized the armies of other countries, while allowing for the very sad depletion of our military.

We’ve defended other nations’ borders, while refusing to defend our own, and spent trillions and trillions of dollars overseas, while America’s infrastructure has fallen into disrepair and decay. We’ve made other countries rich while the wealth, strength and confidence of our country has dissipated over the horizon. One by one, the factories shuttered and left our shores with not even a thought about the millions and millions of American workers that were left behind. The wealth of our middle class has been ripped from their homes and then redistributed all across the world.

But, that is the past and now we are looking only to the future. We assembled here today, are issuing a new decree to be heard in every city, in every foreign capital, and in every hall of power. From this day forward, a new vision will govern our land. From this day forward, it’s going to be only America first. America first. Every decision on trade, on taxes, on immigration, on foreign affairs will be made to benefit American workers and American families.

We must protect our borders from the ravages of other countries making our products, stealing our companies and destroying our jobs. Protection will lead to great prosperity and strength. I will fight for you with every breath in my body and I will never, ever let you down.

America will start winning again. Winning like never before. We will bring back our jobs. We will bring back our borders. We will bring back our wealth. And we will bring back our dreams. We will build new roads and highways and bridges and airports and tunnels and railways all across our wonderful nation. We will get our people off of welfare and back to work rebuilding our country with American hands and American labor. We will follow two simple rules: buy American and hire American. We will seek friendship and goodwill with the nations of the world, but we do so with the understanding that it is the right of all nations to put their own interests first.

We do not seek to impose our way of life on anyone, but rather to let it shine as an example. We will shine for everyone to follow. We will reinforce old alliances and form new ones and unite the civilized world against radical Islamic terrorism, which we will eradicate completely from the face of the earth. At the bedrock of our politics will be a total allegiance to the United States of America and, through our loyalty to our country, we will rediscover our loyalty to each other. When you open your heart to patriotism, there is no room for prejudice.

The bible tells us how good and pleasant it is when god’s people live together in unity. We must speak our minds openly, debate our disagreements honestly, but always pursue solidarity. When America is united, America is totally unstoppable. There should be no fear. We are protected and we will always be protected. We will be protected by the great men and women of our military and law enforcement and most importantly, we will be protected by God.

Finally, we must think big and dream even bigger. In America, we understand that a nation is only living as long as it is striving. We will no longer accept politicians who are all talk and no action constantly complaining, but never doing anything about it. The time for empty talk is over. Now arrives the hour of action. Do not allow anyone to tell you that it cannot be done. No challenge can match the heart and fight and spirit of America. We will not fail. Our country will thrive and prosper again.

We stand at the birth of a new millennium ready to unlock the histories of space, to free the earth from the miseries of disease and to harness the energies, industries, and technologies of tomorrow. A new national pride will lift our sights and heal our divisions. It’s time to remember that old wisdom our soldiers will never forget, that whether we are black or brown or white, we all bleed the same red blood of patriots. We all enjoy the same glorious freedoms, and we all salute the same great American flag.

And whether a child is born in the urban sprawl of Detroit or the windswept plains of Nebraska, they look up at the same night sky. They fill their heart with the same dreams and they are infused with the breath of life by the same almighty creator. So, to all Americans in every city near and far, small and large, from mountain to mountain, from ocean to ocean, hear these words: You will never be ignored again. Your voice, your hopes and your dreams will define our American destiny. And your courage and goodness and love will forever guide us along the way.

Together we will make America strong again. We will make America wealthy again. We will make America proud again. We will make America safe again. And, yes, together, we will make America great again. Thank you. God bless you and god bless America. Thank you. God bless America.”

Senate Confirmation Hearing Today For Rick Perry For Secretary Of Energy

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Former Governor of Texas, Rick Perry

Today, former governor Rick Perry of Texas goes on the Senate confirmation block as Trump’s pick for Energy Secretary. There’s already been a snafu in that Gov. Perry misunderstood what the job entailed. In his mind it meant he was going to be the global ambassador for the oil and gas industry of which he has very much championed in his state of Texas. OOPS!

He found out he would be heading the vast national security complex (nuclear arsenals)…a job he knows nothing about. During his 2012 run for President, he had actually called for the elimination of this very complex. So it’s an odd and scary pairing at the same time.

What we might look forward to is not a gutting of the department, but cutbacks in research and development and the relaxing of regulations. This is something conservatives would rally around. They find the regulations cumbersome.

The outgoing secretary is Ernest J. Moniz, who was chairman of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology physics department and directed the linear accelerator at M.I.T.’s Laboratory for Nuclear Science.

Mr. Perry, as stated above was the former Governor of Texas. A graduate of Texas A & M, he majored in animal husbandry and led cheers on the football team.

The Complete 2016 Tony Awards Nominations

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Hamilton leads the race with a historic 16 nominations, followed by Shuffle Along with ten and She Loves Me with eight. Long Day’s Journey Into Night nabbed seven nominations, making it the most nominated play.

Honoring the best of the Broadway season, the awards will be handed out in a June 12 ceremony at 8 p.m., airing live on CBS (tape-delayed on the West Coast) from New York City’s Beacon Theatre.

James Corden will make his debut as the annual event’s emcee.

See the list nominees below.

Best Play

Eclipsed
The Father
The Humans
King Charles III

Best Musical

Hamilton
Shuffle Along, Or the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed
Waitress
School of Rock – The Musical
Bright Star

Best Revival of a Play

Arthur Miller’s The Crucible
Arthur Miller’s A View From the Bridge
Blackbird
Long Day’s Journey Into Night
Noises Off

Best Revival of a Musical

The Color Purple
Fiddler on the Roof
She Loves Me
Spring Awakening
Dames at Sea

Best Book of a Musical

Bright Star, Steve Martin
Hamilton, Lin-Manuel Miranda
School of Rock—The Musical, Julian Fellowes
Shuffle Along, Or the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed, George C. Wolfe

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

Bright Star
Music: Steve Martin and Edie Brickell
Lyrics: Edie Brickell

Hamilton
Music & Lyrics: Lin-Manuel Miranda

School of Rock—The Musical
Music: Andrew Lloyd Webber
Lyrics: Glenn Slater

Waitress
Music & Lyrics: Sara Bareilles

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

Gabriel Byrne, Long Day’s Journey Into Night
Jeff Daniels, Blackbird
Frank Langella, The Father
Tim Pigott-Smith, King Charles III
Mark Strong, Arthur Miller’s A View from the Bridge

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

Jessica Lange, Long Day’s Journey Into Night
Laurie Metcalf, Misery
Lupita Nyong’o, Eclipsed
Sophie Okonedo, Arthur Miller’s The Crucible
Michelle Williams, Blackbird

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

Alex Brightman, School of Rock—The Musical
Danny Burstein, Fiddler on the Roof
Zachary Levi, She Loves Me
Lin-Manuel Miranda, Hamilton
Leslie Odom, Jr., Hamilton

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

Laura Benanti, She Loves Me
Carmen Cusack, Bright Star
Cynthia Erivo, The Color Purple
Jessie Mueller, Waitress
Phillipa Soo, Hamilton

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

Reed Birney, The Humans
Bill Camp, Arthur Miller’s The Crucible
David Furr, Noises Off
Richard Goulding, King Charles III
Michael Shannon, Long Day’s Journey Into Night

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

Pascale Armand, Eclipsed
Megan Hilty, Noises Off
Jayne Houdyshell, The Humans
Andrea Martin, Noises Off
Saycon Sengbloh, Eclipsed

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

Daveed Diggs, Hamilton
Brandon Victor Dixon, Shuffle Along, Or the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed
Christopher Fitzgerald, Waitress
Jonathan Groff, Hamilton
Christopher Jackson, Hamilton

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

Danielle Brooks, The Color Purple
Renée Elise Goldsberry, Hamilton
Jane Krakowski, She Loves Me
Jennifer Simard, Disaster!
Adrienne Warren, Shuffle Along, Or the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed

Best Scenic Design of a Play

Beowulf Boritt, Thérèse Raquin
Christopher Oram, Hughie
Jan Versweyveld, Arthur Miller’s A View from the Bridge
David Zinn, The Humans

Best Scenic Design of a Musical

Es Devlin & Finn Ross, American Psycho
David Korins, Hamilton
Santo Loquasto, Shuffle Along, Or the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed
David Rockwell, She Loves Me

Best Costume Design of a Play

Jane Greenwood, Long Day’s Journey Into Night
Michael Krass, Noises Off
Clint Ramos, Eclipsed
Tom Scutt, King Charles III

Best Costume Design of a Musical

Gregg Barnes, Tuck Everlasting
Jeff Mahshie, She Loves Me
Ann Roth, Shuffle Along, Or the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed
Paul Tazewell, Hamilton

Best Lighting Design of a Play

Natasha Katz, Long Day’s Journey Into Night
Justin Townsend, The Humans
Jan Versweyveld, Arthur Miller’s The Crucible
Jan Versweyveld, Arthur Miller’s A View from the Bridge

Best Lighting Design of a Musical

Howell Binkley, Hamilton
Jules Fisher & Peggy Eisenhauer, Shuffle Along, Or the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed
Ben Stanton, Spring Awakening
Justin Townsend, American Psycho

Best Direction of a Play

Rupert Goold, King Charles III
Jonathan Kent, Long Day’s Journey Into Night
Joe Mantello, The Humans
Liesl Tommy, Eclipsed
Ivo Van Hove, Arthur Miller’s A View from the Bridge

Best Direction of a Musical

Michael Arden, Spring Awakening
John Doyle, The Color Purple
Scott Ellis, She Loves Me
Thomas Kail, Hamilton
George C. Wolfe, Shuffle Along, Or the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed

Best Choreography

Andy Blankenbuehler, Hamilton
Savion Glover, Shuffle Along, Or the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed
Hofesh Shechter, Fiddler on the Roof
Randy Skinner, Dames at Sea
Sergio Trujillo, On Your Feet! The Story of Emilio and Gloria Estefan

Best Orchestrations

August Eriksmoen, Bright Star
Larry Hochman, She Loves Me
Alex Lacamoire, Hamilton
Daryl Waters, Shuffle Along, Or the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed

Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre

Sheldon Harnick
Marshall W. Mason

Special Tony Award

National Endowment for the Arts
Miles Wilkin

Regional Theatre Tony Award

Paper Mill Playhouse; Millburn, NJ

Isabelle Stevenson Tony Award

Brian Stokes Mitchell

Tony Honors for Excellence in the Theatre

Seth Gelblum
Joan Lader
Sally Ann Parsons