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Last updated : 10th June 2013

The winners in this year's Tony Awards were very much as forecast. Kinky Boots took 6, including Musical, Score - Cyndi Lauper, Actor (Musical) - Billy Porter, and Choreography - Jerry Mitchell; Matilda The Musical took 4, including Book - Dennis Kelly; Pippin took 4, including Musical Revival, Leading Actress (Musical) - Patina Miller and Director (Musical) - Diane Paulus; Vanya And Sonia And Masha And Spike took Play; Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf? took Play Revival, Leading Actor (Play) - Tracy Letts, and Director (Play) - Pam MacKinnon; and Cicily Tyson took Leading Actress (Play) - The Trip To Beautiful. The full list of winners can be found on the Tony Awards web site, via the link from Organisations in the Links section of New York TheatreNet.

The musical The Bridges Of Madison County, book by Marsha Norman, music and lyrics by Jason Robert Brown, adapted from the novel by Robert James Waller, about a brief love affair between a National Geographic photographer and an Italian-American housewife in 1965 Iowa, directed by Bartlett Sher, will preview from January 13th at the Schonfeld Theatre, with an official opening in February. The design team comprises scenery by Michael Yeargan, costumes by Catherine Zuber, lighting by Donald Holder, and sound by Jon Weston. The show will play a pre Broadway season at the Williamstown Theatre Festival in August, featuring Steven Pasquale and Elena Shaddow. The producers are Jeffrey Richards, Stacey Mindich and Jerry Frankel.

The London Shakespeare's Globe original practices all male productions of Twelfth Night, telling stories of unrequited love, hailed as Shakespeare's greatest comedy, and Richard III, the history play charting ruthless ambition in the pursuit of power, with Mark Rylance, Stephen Fry and Samuel Barnett, directed by Tim Carroll, will be remounted on Broadway, playing in repertoire, previewing from October 15th at the Belasco Theatre, with an official opening on 10th November. The scenery and costume designs are by Jenny Tiramani.

The New Victory Theater has announced its 2013/2014 season of acclaimed family friendly shows from around the world, which will include from Milan, Italy, Carlo Colla & Sons Marionette Company with Sleeping Beauty, featuring 150 handmade marionettes, each with its own complete wardrobe of costumes, interpreting Charles Perrault's original 1697 fairy tale; from Aarhus, Denmark, Teater Refleksion & Teater My with Mette Rosleff's Songs From Above, using delicate puppetry and object animation to reveal gentle moments of innocent discovery, directed by Bjarne Sandborg; from Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, Circus Der Sinne (Circus of Joy) with Mother Africa, mixing modern circus arts with traditional African dance and music, directed by Winston Ruddle; from Brisbane, Australia, Casus with Knee Deep, contemporary circus tinged with humour and set to an evocative score; and from Amsterdam, The Netherlands, ISH with Hyperish, fusing dance styles born from the Dutch street scene and club circuit with themes of youthful self-expression, choreographed by Marco Gerris. The New Victory Theatre is located at 209 West 42nd Street, between 7th and 8th Avenues.

On The Casting Couch: Stephanie J Block and Will Chase will head the cast of the James Lapine-William Finn musical Little Miss Sunshine, at Second Stage Theatre from October 15th.

Wonderlist Productions and Neighborhood Productions will stage Lila Rose Kaplan's Bureau Of Missing Persons, charting a woman's quest from her apartment on the Upper West Side to a cave in Moscow in a search for someone who is missing, with Maren Bush, Lucy DeVito, Jason Liebman, Ryan McCarthy and Pamela Shaw, directed by Sarah Rasmussen, previewing from June 14th at the Fourth Street Theatre, opening June 19th. The Fourth Street Theatre is located at 83 East 4th Street, between 2nd Avenue and Bowery.

The Vineyard Theatre has confirmed that its 2013/2014 season will include the premiere of the musical The Landing, book and lyrics by Greg Pierce, music by John Kander, a 4 handed musical in 3 acts, telling 3 different stories of people confronting what it means to get what they want, with David Hyde Pierce, Julia Murney and Paul Anthony Stewart, directed by Walter Bobbie, opening in October; the musical Arlington, book and lyrics by Victor Lodato, music by Polly Pen, about a young wife who struggles when her husband is away at war, opening in February; and the premiere of Nicky Silver's Too Much Sun, in which, following a breakdown, an actress descends upon her married daughter for a summer by the sea, directed by Mark Brokaw, opening in May. The Vineyard Theatre is located at 108 East 15th Street, between Union Square East and Irving Place.

Make Music New York will hold its 7th annual festival of over 1,000 free concerts, featuring music of all genres and styles, throughout the 5 boroughs of New York City on June 21st, the summer solstice, from 10am to 10pm. The festival is modelled on France's Fete de la Musique, first held in 1982 in Paris, and an annual event throughout the country ever since. The idea has been picked up in 514 cities around the world, including London, Beijing, Tokyo and Sydney. In New York hundreds of individual artists, both amateurs and professionals, have signed on to produce free concerts on sidewalks, parks, closed streets and community gardens in 57 neighbourhoods from Astoria to Williamsburg. Further information about taking part or attending an event can be found on the MMNY web site, via the link from Festivals & Events in the Links section of New York TheatreNet.

The Shakespeare Forum will stage Love's Labour's Lost, the comedy in which a king and his three companions foreswear the company of women for three years in order to immerse themselves in study - and fail, with Matt Bernhard, Maxon Davis, Whitney Egbert, Jake Elitzer, David Friedlander, Tracy Hostmyer, Kate Kenney, Daniel Krstyen, Francis Mateo, Tyler Moss, Tyrien Obahnjoko, Hannah Rose Goalstone, Filipe Valle Costa, Tai Verley, Nate Washburn and Jessika D Williams, directed by Andrew Borthwick-Leslie and Sybille Bruun, at The Gym at Judson Memorial Church from June 13th. The Gym at Judson Memorial Church is located at 55 Washington Square South, at Thompson Street.