Broadway’s biggest night is just around the corner: The Tony Awards. The 67th Annual Tony Awards will be held, as usual, at Radio City Music Hall at 8 PM EST on Sunday, June 9th. Hosting for the fourth time will be the hilarious and entertaining Neil Patrick Harris meaning the night is sure to be filled with amazing theatrical numbers and, of course, NPH’s wit and charm. Below you can find synopses of some of our favorite nominated plays and musicals in preparation for the big night. Share some of your favorites with us in the comments!
Starring the one and only Tom Hanks in his Broadway debut, Lucky Guy tells the story of Mike McAlary, a tabloid columnist. Based on a true story, recently deceased Oscar nominated writer Nora Ephron (When Harry Met Sally…, Sleepless in Seattle) dramatizes the rise and fall and rise again of McAlary and follows the many stories he covered including New York police corruption and the 1997 Abner Louima case. Ending its 3 month run July 3rd, this 6 time Tony nominated show – including Best Play, is a must see. Tickets are still available for sale on TickPick.
While inspired by the 2000 film and subsequent franchise of the same name, this musical features an original story by Jeff Whitty (Avenue Q) and an original score by Lin-Manuel Miranda (In the Heights), Tom Kitt (Next to Normal), and Amanda Green (Hands on a Hardbody). Bring it On spotlights the world of high school cheerleading, particularly focusing on a senior slated to be squad captain who is forced to transfer to her rival school. This two time Tony nominated show, including Best Musical, is no longer open on the Great White Way but can be caught on its national tour set to kick-off in January of 2014 – tickets are already available.
Based on the true story behind the 2005 film of the same title, Kinky Boots tells the story of Charlie Price who inherited his father’s nearly bankrupt shoe factory. With music and lyrics written by 80’s super star Cyndi Lauper and book by Harvey Fierstein (La Cage aux Folles, Newsies), this musical follows Charlie as he tries to save the family business alongside his business partner – who happens to be a drag queen. Nominated for 13 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Kinky Boots is running at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre. While tickets are a bit pricey, this spectacular is definitely worth it.
Based on the children’s book by Roald Dahl, Matilda The Musical tells the story of a gifted little girl who has been dealt a rough hand. A Broadway debut for both composer/lyricist Tim Minchin and book writer Dennis Kelly, Matilda is sure to charm any audience through the wit and imagination of a young child who refuses to let her unfortunate circumstance get her down. Nominated for 12 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, this New York Times deemed “glorious” show can be seen at the Shubert Theatre. Matilda tickets sell out quickly, so be sure to get them far in advance.
A Broadway classic, Annie features favorites like “It’s the Hard Knock Life” and “Tomorrow,” a heartwarming story, and a performance by Jane Lynch (Glee) as Miss Hannigan. Based on the comic strip “Little Orphan Annie” and winner of seven Tony Awards when it originally debuted on Broadway in 1977, Annie tells the story of an orphan girl who, despite her hardships, goes through life with a smile on her face. Currently running at the Palace Theatre, this Tony Nominated Best Revival of a Musical is a great show for theater-goers of all ages so get tickets for the whole family.
One of Broadway’s favorites, Pippin follows the title character (a royal heir) as he searches for the meaning of his existence while on a journey with a performance troupe. With music and lyrics written by the talented Stephen Schwartz (Godspell, Wicked) and book by Roger O. Hirson, this coming of age tale originally debuted on Broadway in 1972 and received 5 Tony Awards under the direction of Bob Fosse. This revival of Pippin has been nominated for 10 Tony Awards, including Best Revival of a Musical, and is currently running at the Music Box Theatre. This extravaganza isn’t suitable for young children, so call a sitter and grab a pair of tickets for a fun night out.
Debuted as a live CBS broadcast staring Julie Andrews in 1957, this production of Rodger’s + Hammerstein’s Cinderella, while a revival of the musical, is the show’s Broadway debut. Based on the classic fairytale of the same name, Cinderella, written by the infamous American musical theatre duo, Rodgers and Hammerstein (The Sound of Music, South Pacific), is billed as an “outrageously fun Broadway musical for dreamers of all ages.” Nominated for 9 Tony Awards, including Best Revival of a Musical, Cinderella is currently running at the Broadway Theatre. While Cinderella runs long at a bit over two and a half hours, it’s an entertaining show for both adults and children so getting tickets for the whole family is a must.