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By Rich Heldenfels Published: April 29, 2014

The Tony Award nominations are out. Neil Patrick Harris! Sutton Foster! I have no idea about their nominated work, but come on: Neil Patrick Harris! Sutton Foster!

Joan Rivers has made enemies outside Northeast Ohio -- including among writers whom she should consider colleagues. Especially interesting that Rivers, supposedly so fearless, would not back her writers when Chelsea Handler and Joel McHale supported theirs.

PlayhouseSquare has free tours on Saturday. The official word:

The first-Saturday, free PlayhouseSquare Theater Tours, where guests will be able to see the world’s largest outdoor chandelier, PlayhouseSquare’s iconic new GE Chandelier, take place Saturday, May 3. The tours commence in the State Theatre Lobby at 10 am, and leave from that location at 15-minute intervals until 11:30 am. (Tour guests are invited to walk through the PlayhouseSquare neighborhood following the tours to see not only the GE Chandelier, but the four welcoming gateways, our upgraded lighting and extensive new signage,)

Peeks backstage andfrom the stage, along with fascinating facts and anecdotes from the past 90-plus years, make PlayhouseSquare’s Free Theater Tours an engaging morning for theater buffs, students of art or architecture and children of all ages. All that is required is a good pair of walking shoes and approximately two hours.

No reservations are needed for individual participants, but groups of 10-or-more are asked to call ahead at 216.640.8531 so arrangements can be made for their group. Private tours for companies, social organizations or high school reunion groups may be arranged for other days and hours by calling 216.640.8531.

(Attendees who wish to learn more about becoming a PlayhouseSquare Red Coat volunteer, may also receive that information before or after the tour, or may visit the website at

Summer Tour Schedule:The next free theater tours for the summer months are scheduled for Saturdays on June 7, July 12 (delayed a week for the Independence Day holiday) and Aug. 2.

SundanceTV has ordered more "Red Road." The official word:

SundanceTV announced today the renewal of the network’s second wholly owned original scripted series “The Red Road.” The tense drama revolves around two clashing communities – a small town and the neighboring mountains, home to a Native American tribe - and two dynamic men on a collision course – played by Jason Momoa and Martin Henderson.  It will return for another six episodes in 2015.

Sarah Barnett, SundanceTV President, stated, “’The Red Road’ tells the tale of a shocking conflict which plays out in a very specific place - the land that the Native Americans live on literally oozes danger.  It’s a show about what happens when you try to bury the truth, and the devastating impact of that. We’re proud of this tremendously talented cast and can’t wait to see where creator Aaron Guzikowski takes this story in season two.” ...

Today’s news underscores SundanceTV’s commitment to the expansion of its original scripted programming slate. The network has a robust lineup of upcoming scripted originals including the second season of critical hit “Rectify” from the producers of “Breaking Bad” which will premiere on June 19th.  Its highly anticipated original mini-series, “The Honorable Woman” starring Maggie Gyllenhaal, will premiere later this summer, and recently announced “One Child” will premiere in 2014.

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