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The Top Tony-Winning Shows to See Now

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|by Mark Robinson |

Don’t wait to book these award-winning shows

The 2019 Tony Awards have come and gone, and the best of Broadway has been crowned. Coming off Broadway’s big night, what are the plays and musicals that we will want to rush out and secure tickets for? Here is what the Tony Awards have revealed to be the hottest tickets going forward:

‘Oklahoma!,’ ‘Tootsie’ and ‘Hadestown’ (Photos: Little Fang Photo; Matthew Murphy; Joan Marcus)

‘Oklahoma!,’ ‘Tootsie’ and ‘Hadestown’ (Photos: Little Fang Photo; Matthew Murphy; Joan Marcus)

The winner of Best Book of a Musical (Robert Horn) and Best Actor in a Musical (Santino Fontana), Tootsie is, of course, based on the popular 1982 film comedy of the same name that starred Dustin Hoffman. Following the story of a difficult actor who must reinvent himself as a woman in order to save his flailing career, this production is full of some of Broadway’s funniest moments. The score is by David Yazbek, who won the Tony Award in 2018 for The Band’s Visit.

Winner of Best Revival of a Musical, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Oklahoma! may be 76 years old, but Daniel Fish’s production breathes with a fresh and contemporary take on the classic. Also having a big night was Ali Stroker, who plays the libidinous Ado Annie Carnes, who took home an award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical. Oklahoma! is a testament to how the great musicals keep coming back, and continue to live on.

Bertie Carvel took home a Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play for his turn as Rupert Murdoch in James Graham’s Ink. The play takes us on Murdoch’s real-life story, acquiring the struggling paper The Sun, and using it to build a news empire (even if his approach is occasionally shady). Neil Austin also dazzled with his lighting design for the show, winning in that category.

To Kill a Mockingbird
This year’s award for Best Featured Actress in a Play went to Celia Keenan-Bolger, and for excellent reason. In Aaron Sorkin’s new adaptation of Harper Lee’s classic novel, the 41-year-old actress plays the plucky school-age protagonist, Scout, to completely believable effect. Complemented by equally acclaimed turns from Jeff Daniels (as Atticus Finch) and Gideon Glick (as Dill Harris), Keenan-Bolger’s performance is not to be missed.

The Ferryman
Where non-musical plays are concerned, Jez Butterworth’s The Ferryman was a big winner of the evening, taking home the award for Best Play. The compelling production transferred to Broadway last fall from across the pond, its London cast intact. The show’s director, Sam Mendes, was awarded Best Director, and costume and scenic designer Rob Howell scored trophies in both categories.

The Cher Show
For a musical that didn’t receive a Best Musical nomination, The Cher Show fared well at the Tony Awards, with its star Stephanie J. Block taking home a (long-deserved) trophy for Best Actress in a Musical, as well a Best Costumes in a Musical win for iconic costume designer Bob Mackie. The jukebox bio-musical takes audiences through the story of the titular pop music icon, employing three actresses to represent her at different points in her eventful and illustrious career.

Ain’t Too Proud – The Life and Times of the Temptations
One thing many of us look for in a Broadway musical is impressive and relentless choreography, which Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of the Temptations delivers in spades. Sergio Trujillo took home a well-deserved Tony for Best Choreography for this jukebox musical that tells the tale of the popular band of the ‘60s and ‘70s.

King Kong
Though it didn’t take home any of the competitive Tony Awards, King Kong was unique and clever enough to be awarded a special Tony for the Creature Technology Company and Sonny Tilders, who together designed the 2,500-pound ape puppet that is at the center of the production.

Of course, the night’s most anticipated award is typically the Best Musical Tony. Hadestown was the victor in this category, and it also took home awards for Best Score (Anaïs Mitchell), Best Direction of a Musical (Rachel Chavkin), Best Featured Actor in a Musical (André DeShields), Best Scenic Design (Rachel Hauck), Best Lighting Design (Bradley King) and Best Orchestrations (Todd Sickafoose and Michael Chorney). This unconventional music – which utilizes New Orleans-style blues and jazz married to a more contemporary pop sound – reimagines the Greek myths of Orpheus and Eurydice, as well as Persephone, in a journey to the Underworld where they come face-to-face with the almighty Hades.

For more of the best deals on Tony-winning shows, check out the full list of 2019 Tony Award winners

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