Tony! Tony! Tony!

The Tony Awards are Sunday night and although PBS is not airing the ceremony (I believe we carried the first hour for a few years around the turn of the century) a drama geek like me will always find a connection. As I peruse the nominees for this year’s Antoinette Perry Awards for Excellence in Broadway Theatre, I am taken by the names I recognize from series I’ve seen on public broadcasting. No surprise, really, as Broadway attracts some of the best actors. The same can be said for the shows on UNC-TV.

So I thought I’d look over a few of the nominees (acting categories only). Consider this a sort of Where Do I Know That Actor (Tony Edition).

Let’s start with Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical. Two names stand out: Renée Fleming (nominated for Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel) and Diana Rigg (nominated for My Fair Lady). Fleming is a world-renowned soprano who has appeared in many operas and other musical performances we’ve shown. She’s been seen on Great Performances and The Metropolitan Opera Presents in numerous roles. Rigg, who’s had a longer career, has been a presence on our airwaves for decades. Currently, she’s the Duchess of Buccleuch on Victoria. She’s also played Adela Bradley in The Mrs. Bradley Mysteries, Mrs. Danvers in Rebecca, Mrs. Golightly in Moll Flanders and Lady Honoria Dedlock in Bleak House. For years, she was the host of Mystery! and, of course, she was Emma Peel on the 1960s spy series The Avengers. Continue reading

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Calling All Kids!

If you’re in or near Hickory this weekend, drop by our Read-A-Roo Block Party Live event! I could tell you all the awesome reasons why you should but this flier will do the job for me. See you there!

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Could You Be Mine?

Mister Rogers Day continues so I thought I’d share some articles as folks around the country celebrate the man, the show, the legend.

The New York Times shares Five Memorable Moments from Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.

Today Contributor Terri Peters gives us Six Touching Stories About Mister Rogers.

The New York Daily News present The Life and Legacy of Mister Rogers in Photographs.

Lastly, CNN allows one woman to tell us What America Needs Now Is Mister Rogers.

More Mister Rogers thoughts and shares later.

Since We’re Together We Might As Well Say

Mister Rogers Day continues hereabout the halls of UNC-TV. To show our love for the television icon who championed our industry his entire adult life, we’re taking a group photo and recording a video to share on social media (more about that later).

Right now – have you ever wondered why sweaters and sneakers were so important in Mister Rogers’ NeighborhoodREWIRE discussed the wardrobe choice last year on Roger’s birthday.