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Top 10 Tony-Winning Shows to See Now

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|by David Sheward |

Celebrate the best of Broadway

The 2018 Tony Awards have been handed out and theatergoers got a tasty sample of the nominated shows at the dazzling June 10th ceremony at Radio City Musical Hall. Now’s your chance to catch these top shows – here’s our roundup of the Tony-winning shows to see now.

The cast of 'Once On This Island' (Photo: Joan Marcus)

The cast of 'Once On This Island' (Photo: Joan Marcus)

The Band’s Visit
10 Tony Awards including Best Musical

Everyone expected this intimate Off-Broadway transfer to take Best Musical, but not to sweep the evening with ten wins (tying Hello, Dolly and Billy Elliot). Based on a 2007 film, this sweet and moving show focuses on an Egyptian police band mistakenly arriving at a tiny Israeli town and spending the night in local homes. David Cromer’s fluid direction, Dave Yazbek’s eclectic, Middle Eastern-influenced score and Itamar Moses’ compassionate book won, as did the performances of actors Tony Shalhoub, Katrina Lenk and Ar’iel Satchel.

Once On This Island
Best Revival of a Musical

This small-scale production unexpectedly triumphed, nabbing the Best Revival of a Musical Award over Carousel and My Fair Lady. Michael Arden’s innovative restaging of this 1990 tuner transforms the Circle in the Square Theatre into a Caribbean beach. Hurricane survivors enact the tale of Ti Moune, a poor girl who falls in love with a rich boy and implores the gods of the island to help her.

Best Featured Actress in a Musical and Best Choreography

Rodgers and Hammerstein’s beloved classic is given new life in this vital revival directed by three-time Tony winner Jack O’Brien and featuring the Tony-winning choreography of Justin Peck. “Blow High, Blow Low,” the athletic dance celebrating a sailor’s life, was a highlight of the Tony telecast. Lindsay Mendez won her first Tony for her endearing and funny portrayal of Carrie Pipperidge, who sings the enchanting “Mister Snow” about her fisherman fiance.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two
6 Tony Awards including Best Play

This seven-hour sequel to JK Rowling’s immensely popular book series on everyone’s favorite wizard repeated its London success where it won a record nine Oliver Awards at the Tonys, conjuring up six Tony wins including Best Play and a near complete sweep of the design awards. Harry, Hermione and Ron are now grown-up and the second generation of magicians must face new challenges. Tony-winning director John Tiffany creates a miraculous Hogwarts-inspired world where anything is possible.

My Fair Lady
Best Costume Design for a Musical

Catherine Zuber won her seventh Tony Award for her gorgeous costumes in this scintillating revival of the Lerner and Loewe classic about the scrappy Cockney flower seller Eliza Doolittle and the arrogant phonetics professor Henry Higgins. Barlett Sher’s staging won the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Revival and Lauren Ambrose as Eliza and Norbert Leo Butz as her boisterous father took the Outer Critics Circle awards.

Angels in America
Best Revival of a Play, Best Actor in a Play and Best Featured Actor in a Play

Like Harry Potter, the revival of Tony Kushner’s Pulitzer Prize-winning dissection of America during the AIDS crisis originated in London and is presented in two parts. In addition to winning for Best Revival of a Play, Andrew Garfield was named Best Actor for his reluctant gay prophet Prior Walter and Nathan Lane won his third Tony for his shattering performance as Roy Cohn, the real-life closeted power broker who contracts AIDS while supporting homophobic causes.

Three Tall Women
Best Actress in a Play and Best Featured Actress in a Play

Glenda Jackson and Laurie Metcalf won acting honors for their incisive, cutting performances as A and B in Edward Albee’s piercing meditation on life and death through the experiences of his adoptive mother. In the opening scene, Jackson is a demanding, ancient matriarch and Metcalf her middle-aged caregiver. Then they, along with Alison Pill as C, morph into the same woman at different ages.

SpongeBob SquarePants, The Broadway Musical
Best Scenic Design for a Musical

The delightful family musical, based on the popular Nickelodeon cartoon series, was nominated for 10 Tonys and won for David Zinn’s amusement park-inspired set design for the underwater town of Bikini Bottom. Ethan Slater in the title role won both the Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Award, while Gavin Lee as his grouchy octopus neighbor Squidqward stopped the Tony telecast with his eight-legged tap dance.

Dear Evan Hansen
2017 Tony Award for Best Musical

Last season’s Tony-winning Best Musical is still playing at the Music Box Theater and breaking hearts every night. Through a mix-up, lonely high school student Evan Hansen becomes an internet sensation. Can he give up his sudden popularity and new friends? This sensitive musical explores the pain of teenage angst and the joy of finding connections.

Hello, Dolly!
2017 Tony Award for Best Musical Revival

Bernadette Peters continues as the irrepressible Dolly Levi though July 15, then Bette Midler returns to her Tony-winning role on July 17 for only 42 performances.

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