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Beware the Undulating Curve of (Tony Season) Shifting Expectations!

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If a Broadway show grabs a bushel of Tony nominations, does that make you more or less likely to see it? More important, does it make you more or less likely to enjoy it? Find out after Tuesday, when the Tony nominations are announced. What’s already clear is that hype cuts both ways, as some audiences have recently learned, having wandered out from The Lieutenant of Inishmore wondering what all the fuss (and blood) was about. Meanwhile, early word hints that, with the forthcoming animated feature Cars, Pixar’s record will improve to seven-for-seven; haiku-blogger Rosie O’Donnell earns back some public love by apparently toppling detestable View co-host Star Jones, and as for another prime-time special for magician/choke artist/human raisin David Blaine—well, don’t hold your breath.


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