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Top 10 Tony-Nominated Shows to See Now

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|by David Sheward |


Don’t miss the best of Broadway!

The 2017-18 Broadway theater season has reached its climax with the announcement of the Tony Award nominations on May 1. If you’ve missed any of the shows that are in the running, you have lots of time. The awards will be presented on June 10 at Radio City Music Hall in a ceremony hosted by Josh Groban and Sara Bareilles broadcast on CBS. Between now and the big night, you can see most of the top-nominated shows which are still playing. Seeing as many of the nominees as possible will make watching the Tonys much more exciting, and you’ll have the advantage if you’re in a betting pool to pick the winners. Here’s a rundown of the top ten Tony-nominated shows to see now.

Erika Henningsen as Cady, Ashley Park as Gretchen, Taylor Louderman as Regina and Kate Rockwell as Karen in 'Mean Girls' (Photo: Joan Marcus)

Erika Henningsen as Cady, Ashley Park as Gretchen, Taylor Louderman as Regina and Kate Rockwell as Karen in 'Mean Girls' (Photo: Joan Marcus)

Mean Girls
Nominated for 12 Tony Awards including Best Musical
With this stage version of her hit 2004 film comedy, Tina Fey adds a Tony nomination and conquering Broadway to her list of accomplishments which already includes six Emmys and two Golden Globes. Fey adapted her original screenplay about misfit high school student Cady Heron (Erika Henningsen) plotting to topple queen bee Regina George (Tony nominee Taylor Louderman). The score by Fey’s husband Jeff Richmond and lyricist Nell Benjamin is also nominated.

SpongeBob SquarePants
Nominated for 12 Tony Awards including Best Musical
From the moment you enter the Palace Theater for this delightfully goofy tuner based on the long-running Nickelodeon cartoon series, you know you’re in for a treat. David Zinn’s Tony-nominated set is like a giant amusement park ride recreating the weird and wacky world of Bikini Bottom, the undersea home of the bubbly hero SpongeBob and his aquatic pals. Zinn is also nominated for his out-of-this-world costumes which miraculously transform the actors into lobsters, whales, squirrels, the microscopic villain Plankton and his computer wife Karen.

Angels in America
Nominated for 11 Tony Awards including Best Revival of a Play
Tony Kushner’s far-reaching two-part drama addresses a variety of vital issues as a group of diverse characters faces life-and-death challenges in 1980s New York. Tony nominees Andrew Garfield, Nathan Lane, Denise Gough and Susan Brown repeat their London performances as the reluctant gay prophet Prior Walter, venomous closeted power broker Roy Cohn, desperate pill-addicted housewife Harper Pitt and the ghost of radical accused spy Ethel Rosenberg.

The Band’s Visit
Nominated for 11 Tony Awards including Best Musical
This intimate and heartwarming show was a smash when it ran Off-Broadway last season in a limited run at the Atlantic Theater Company, winning the Best Musical Award from the New York Drama Critics Circle, the Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Off-Broadway Musical and three Drama Desk Awards. Based on the award-winning film of the same name, the deceptively simple story focuses on an Egyptian police band winding up in the wrong Israeli town for a concert. With no hotels and no bus until the next morning, the band stays with various locals and all learn lessons in love, companionship and loyalty.

Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel
Nominated for 11 Tony Awards including Best Revival of a Musical
Tony nominees Joshua Henry and Jessie Mueller give passionate performances as the struggling couple Billy Bigelow and Julie Jourdan whose troubled marriage is the center of this beloved Rodgers and Hammerstein classic. Set in a New England seaside town in the late 1890s, the musical follows them from their first excited ride on the carousel to their realization that love is stronger than anything, even death. Also Tony-nominated are opera legend Renee Fleming as the practical Nettie, Lindsay Mendez as the somewhat flighty Carrie and Alexander Gemignani as her stuffy fiancé Mr. Snow.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Nominated for 10 Tony Awards include Best Play
JK Rowlings’ mystical world of wizardry comes to the Broadway stage in a two-part saga after a smash run in London. Harry is now grown up, Hermione is the head of the Ministry of Magic and Ron runs a joke shop. All their kids are now at Hogwarts and Harry’s trouble son takes after his dad on a dangerous mission. You’ll be amazed as ghostly spirits fly through the theater, characters transform into each other, and wizards stage epic battles.

My Fair Lady
Nominated for 10 Tony Awards including Best Revival of a Musical
Tony-nominated director Bartlett Sher’s re-imagining of Lerner and Loewe’s sparkling classic gives a whole new twist to the familiar story of the arrogant speech teacher Henry Higgins and the Cockney flower girl Eliza Doolittle. Both Harry Hadden-Patton (Downton Abbey) and Lauren Ambrose (Six Feet Under) are nominated for their leading performances as are Norbert Leo Butz as Eliza’s boisterous father and Dame Diana Rigg as Higgins’ regal mother.

The Iceman Cometh
Nominated for 8 Tony Awards including Best Revival of a Play
Eugene O’Neill’s massive drama of unrealized dreams and the lies we tell ourselves receives a bracing new production from Tony winner George C. Wolfe (original Angels in America). Two-time Oscar winner Denzel Washington is nominated for Best Actor in a Play for his powerful performance as Hickey, the charismatic salesman attempting to rid the alcoholic drifters in Harry Hope’s dive bar of their pipe dreams. David Morse as the cynical Larry Slade is nominated for Best Featured Actor in a Play.

Once on This Island
Nominated for 8 Tony Awards including Best Revival of a Musical
Tony-nominated director Michael Arden places this mystical tale of love and redemption on a hurricane-devastated island complete with live animals and pools of water onstage. Hailey Kilgore receives her first Tony nomination for her Broadway debut as the resilient Ti Moune, who defies death to be with her beloved.

Frozen
Nominated for 3 Tony Awards including Best Musical

Disney’s latest animated-film-to-stage transfer transforms the St. James Theater into a winter wonderland as two sisters struggle to find their own voice against great odds. 

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