3-Fold Emmy Nominee Robert Dickinson on How the Oscars, Grammys and Tonys Differ

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This story about Robert Dickinson first appeared in the Down to the Wire issue of TheWrap’s Emmy magazine.

It’s no surprise that Robert A. Dickinson has three of the five nominations in the Outstanding Lighting Design/Lighting Direction for a Variety Special category: one for the Oscars, one for the Grammys and one for the Tonys.

After all, Dickinson, a premier lighting designer for awards shows and live events, had three of the five nominations last year, one the year before, two the year before that, three the year before that… The last time he wasn’t nominated was 1990, and he’s won eight times in his 46 total nominations.

Of his three nominations this year (where he and his team are also competing against “Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert” and the Super Bowl halftime show), the one for the Tony Awards is the biggest surprise.

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It’s Dickinson’s third nomination for the Tonys, a show that typically does very well at the Emmys. But because last year’s show was hosted by the since-disgraced Kevin Spacey, CBS and the show’s producers decided to sit out the competition this year.

Still, Television Academy rules allow anyone who’s eligible for an Emmy to submit an entry, which one of the members of Dickinson’s team, lighting director Noah Mitz, did.

“I do find it sad that I’m the lone representative for such an important production,” Dickinson said. “The Tonys are without question one of the most difficult productions mounted for television, and I can’t speak to why no one but the lighting department felt it represented their best work.”

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His three nominations this year, he said, represent significantly different challenges. At the Oscars, he said, “everyone who steps up to the microphone needs to look like a movie star, and everyone in the audience needs to look like a movie star.”

At the Grammys: “We’re usually trying to interpret musical content from scratch. We’re not trying to mimic any other performance or presentation of that music, we’re creating something new.”

And at the Tonys, he said, “we’re trying to replicate the audience’s experience in the theater and make it successful on television, which requires a lot of nuance.”

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Gary Beach, Tony-Winning Star of Broadway’s ‘The Producers,’ Dies at 70

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Gary Beach, who earned a Tony Award in 2001 for Mel Brooks’ Broadway musical “The Producers,” died Monday in Palm Springs, Calif., his agent Steven Unger confirmed. No cause of death was given.

Beach also earned Tony nominations for playing Lumiere in Disney’s 1994 Broadway adaptation of “Beauty and the Beast” and the drag star Albin in the 2004 revival of Jerry Herman’s “La Cage aux Folles.”

But he is best remembered for his turn as the flamboyantly gay director Roger de Bris who tries to stage the musical-within-a-musical “Springtime for Hitler” in Brooks’ musical comedy “The Producers.”

He won wide acclaim — and one of the show’s record-breaking 12 Tony Awards — for the role, first played by Christopher Hewett in Brooks’ 1967 film of the same name. “I am the happiest boy in the fifth grade,” he said on accepting the award on the stage of Radio City Music Hall.

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Beach’s other Broadway credits include Thenardier in the 2006 revival of “Les Miserables” as well as “Annie,” “Doonesbury,” “The Moony Shapiro Songbook” and “1776.”

The Baruch Frankel Routh Viertel Group, the producers of “The Producers,” said in a statement, “Gary Beach, an actor of consummate skill and artistry, was a glorious human being; a gifted, generous and incredibly funny actor whose presence in a rehearsal room or on the stage lifted everyone’s spirit and inspired them to be the best they could be  His joyous, Tony Award winning performance as Roger DeBris will remain forever in our minds and hearts as the personification of the joyous spirit of Mel Brooks’ ‘The Producers.’”

He is survived by his husband, Jeffrey Barnett.

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Neil Patrick Harris Apologizes to Rachel Bloom for Tonys Tweet

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Neil Patrick Harris has formally (read: Twitter) apologized to Rachel Bloom for his tweet about her during the Tony Awards. We can all go back to thinking about the global drinking-water crisis now.

“Sincere apologies to @Racheldoesstuff for my Tony tweet,” Harris wrote on the social media website Wednesday.

“I failed to research her before pressing ‘send,’ and what I thought was a funny comment in our living room must have been far from funny to read, backstage, mid show,” he said. “As a performer and a parent, I should have know [sic] better.”

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Bloom accepted the “How I Met Your Mother” alum’s apology. See their most recent exchange here:

Hi, thank you for this! Apology accepted.

— Rachel Bloom (@Racheldoesstuff) June 13, 2018

That wasn’t the first back-and-forth in this very public saga.

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The since-settled Twitter spat started Sunday during the Tony Awards when Harris posted that he was “confused” by Bloom’s performance as the CBS special’s backstage correspondent. He referred to the “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” star and creator as “the woman in the top hat.”

Bloom told GQ that she was “kind of devastated” by the fact that Harris, whom she has met “numerous times,” didn’t seem to recognize her. Her husband, Dan Gregor, was a writer on his “How I Met Your Mother” sitcom for years.

“Look. I’ve met him a couple times,” Bloom told the men’s magazine. “Very recently, backstage in the dressing room of a Broadway show. And we hung out for a solid 15 minutes with the star of this Broadway show. It was just bizarre to me that it wouldn’t ring a bell. And also, that he wouldn’t Google it.”

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In the interview, Bloom also commented on Harris’ overall Twitter presence, saying that having 27 million followers has distorted his idea of what makes for an interesting tweet.

“He’s not a writer, so his version of a Twitter joke is to just kind of… live-comment to Twitter followers with kind of random, unformed thoughts,” she said. “And fame does that to you — where you think every kind of random, unformed thought is a gem, because you get 10,000 likes from it.”

“I really, really hope that I can surround myself with people who will call me out on my s—, so that-even if I ever were to have 27 million Twitter followers-I would be just kind of … a person first, and a famous person second,” Bloom continued.

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Andrew Garfield Sends Adorable Message to Sick Fan After Meeting His Mom (Video)

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“Silence” star Andrew Garfield had plenty to say to a fan after bumping into his mother over lunch on Monday.

“Hi Ian, you have a very sweet mother who doesn’t mind crossing boundaries over lunch tables,” Garfield said in an adorable video message shot on a smartphone. “I hear you’re sick and you didn’t get to go out last night. Get better, sending love.”

And just in case there was any confusion over who’s mug was in the camera, the proper English gentleman politely added: “This is Andrew Garfield, by the way.”

My mom had lunch in the same restaurant as Andrew Garfield today and this is what followed pic.twitter.com/C55MB7fDg8

– Ian Palmer (@itsianpalmer) June 11, 2018

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The video was posted on Twitter by Ian Palmer, with the caption: “My mom had lunch in the same restaurant as Andrew Garfield today and this is what followed.”

His sister, Emily, went on to comment, “Andrew Garfield politely throwing shade at my mother 12 hours after winning a Tony is my favorite part of today so far.”

The cute interaction came after the “Hackshaw Ridge” actor won the award for Leading Actor in a Play at the 72nd annual Tony Awards Sunday for his performance as AIDS patient Prior Walter in a hit revival of Tony Kushner’s epic play “Angels in America.”

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During his acceptance speech, Garfield showed his support for the LGBTQ community by calling out the Supreme Court’s recent ruling in favor of a Colorado baker who refused to bake a cake for a same-sex couple for religious reasons.

“We are all sacred and we all belong,” he said. “So let’s just bake a cake for everyone who wants a cake to be baked.”

Garfield dedicated his award to the “countless LGBTQ people who have fought and died for the right to live and love as we are created to.”

The cake reference was aimed at the Supreme Court’s ruling last Monday in favor of Masterpiece Cakeshop owner Jake Phillips, who made a claim of religious freedom  to justify his decision to refuse to bake a wedding cake for a same-sex couple.

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Neil Patrick Harris Forgot Who Rachel Bloom Was During the Tonys – and She Didn’t Let It Slide

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While “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” star Rachel Bloom was busy interviewing performers and winners behind the curtain at the Tony Awards Sunday, Neil Patrick Harris was at home trying to figure out who she was.

Harris — who hosted Broadway’s biggest night in 2009, 2011, 2012 and 2013 — didn’t attend this year’s show at Radio City Music Hall in New York City, but kept up with the events by live-tweeting. One of these tweets got him in trouble with Bloom, as he critiqued her hosting while forgetting that they apparently know each other.

“Who is the woman in the top hat backstage at @TheTonyAwards?” Harris tweeted. “Gideon remarked that she says ‘like’ and ‘oh my god’ a lot. I’m confused…” he added, referencing his 7-year-old son.

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Bloom wasn’t having any of that, firing back with a tweet that read, “I’m a big fan of yours. We’ve met numerous times and my husband, Dan Gregor, wrote for How I Met Your Mother for 5 years. Notably, he wrote the episode where your character finally meets his father.” This is Bloom’s second consecutive year interviewing winners backstage.

The awkwardness continued when Harris replied an hour later with this message: “Indeed! Well said. Thanks for the reminder. How was backstage?”

So far, Bloom has yet to respond.

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See their tweets below.

I’m a big fan of yours. We’ve met numerous times and my husband, Dan Gregor, wrote for “How I Met Your Mother” for 5 years. Notably, he wrote the episode where your character finally meets his father.

— Rachel Bloom (@Racheldoesstuff) June 11, 2018

Indeed! Well said. Thanks for the reminder. How was backstage?

— Neil Patrick Harris (@ActuallyNPH) June 11, 2018

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