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PlayBlog Tony Winners John Benjamin Hickey and Ellen Barkin Talk The Normal Heart on CBS (Video) John Benjamin Hickey and Ellen Barkin, who both took home 2011 Tony Awards for their performances in The Normal Heart, sat down with CBS news anchor Seth Doane from "The Early Show" to talk about Larry Kramer's play, and how its message still is important today.

Kramer also sat down on "The Early Show" to talk about the themes of his play and the HIV/AIDS crisis—an issue that our society still faces.

The production opened April 27 at the Golden Theatre and is described as "the story of a city in denial." The Normal Heart "unfolds like a real-life political thriller—as a tight-knit group of friends refuses to let doctors, politicians and the press bury the truth of an unspoken epidemic behind a wall of silence. A quarter-century after it was written, this outrageous, unflinching, and totally unforgettable look at the sexual politics of New York during the AIDS crisis remains one of the theatre's most powerful evenings ever."

The cast also features Patrick Breen, Mark Harelik, Joe Mantello, Luke Macfarlane, Lee Pace, Jim Parsons, Richard Topol and Wayne Alan Wilcox and will only play 96 performances.

The limited engagement runs until July 10.

To watch the interviews, click here.

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