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Theater News Puts a "Spotlight On" This Year's Contenders will launch its new "Spotlight On" web program this week to get theater fans excited about Tony season. logo

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Watching the Tony Awards with a group of theater fans is like watching the Super Bowl with…sports fans. Part of the tradition is becoming inappropriately emotionally involved with the successes and failures of your favorite (and least favorite) contenders. Thanks to's collaboration with IBM, its new web program, "Spotlight On," will nurture these emotions and allow them to soar to new heights.

Set to launch this week, "Spotlight On" will feature content from over 20 of this season's Broadway plays and musicals that are in Tony contention. Plot summaries, production history, trivia, cast albums, scripts, links to productions' social media, downloadable music, and more will all be available to theater fans hoping to learn more about the shows that will be represented at the 67th Annual Tony Awards ceremony this June. Content will be available for: Ann, Annie, Breakfast at Tiffany's, Bring It On The Musical, Chaplin, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, A Christmas Story The Musical, Cyrano de Bergerac, Dead Accounts, An Enemy of the People, Glengarry Glen Ross, Golden Boy, Grace, Hands on a Hardbody, Harvey, Kinky Boots, Picnic, Rogers and Hammerstein's Cinderella, Scandalous, The Anarchist, The Heiress, The Other Place, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, and Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, with additional materials from new shows added each day.

"As the Broadway season unfolds, the list of eligible productions for the Tony Awards continues to grow," said Charlotte St. Martin, Executive Director of The Broadway League. "This new platform will help theatre-goers keep track of all of the plays and musicals that are contenders for this year's Tony nominations."

"The more our fans know about each new show that opens on Broadway, the more excited they will be to watch the nominees and winners at the Tony Awards on June 9th and to see the show on stage," stated Heather Hitchens, Executive Director of the American Theatre Wing.

The 2013 Tony Award nominees will be announced on Tuesday, April 30 from New York City. The highly anticipated awards ceremony will then air on CBS Television Network live from New York City's Radio City Music Hall on Sunday, June 9. Until then, soak up the "Spotlight" and gather all the information you can in preparation for the big day. You may even be able to trick all your friends into thinking you can afford to see every show on Broadway.

To visit "Spotlight On," click here.