Monday, May 19, 2014

What's New on Broadway? Spotlight on 7 Tony-Nominated Broadway Revivals

Public service announcement! The Tony Awards are exactly three weeks from yesterday, so this is the time to ditch those noble aspirations of having a full grasp of everything that's playing on Broadway and just skip right to the Tony nominees. And if you're like me, this means quickly cramming by furiously skimming some reviews and trying to be able to at least recognize the posters so you can appear to be the ultimate Broadway nerd scholar at your Tony Awards party. I've already written some short summaries of the new plays and new musicals, so as promised, here are some quick notes about the revivals! I'm only including the Tony nominees, because when you're cramming, you really need the shortest list possible. You're welcome.

Revivals are Broadway productions of shows that have been performed on Broadway before (sometimes they don't actually have to have been on Broadway, but usually they have at least played Off-Broadway).

Tony Award Nominees for Best Revival of a Play 

The Cripple of Inishmaan April 20-July 20, 2014 (limited run)
Playwright: Martin McDonagh
Stars: Daniel Radcliffe (only nominated for a Drama Desk award), Sarah Greene (who's already won a Theatre World Award for her role)
Skit name: Harry Potter's Back on Broadway- This Time with Pants!
And no, that double-"a" business in the title is not a typo.
The Glass Menagerie September 26, 2013-February 23, 2014
Playwright: Tennessee Williams
Stars: Cherry Jones, Zachary Quinto, Celia Keenan-Bolger, Brian J. Smith
Skit name: (I'm sorry, I got nothing, because all I can think of is how creepy Zachary Quinto was in the TV show Heroes back in the day)

A Raisin in the Sun April 3-June 15, 2014 (limited run)
Playwright: Lorraine Hansberry
Stars: All the cool kids (no really, we've got Denzel Washington, Anika Noni Rose, Sophie Okenedo, and LaTanya Richardson Jackson, all of whom are Tony nominated for their roles, except Denzel... awkward...)
Skit name: Not Even Almost About Dried Fruit

Twelfth Night November 10, 2013-February 16, 2014
Playwright: Bill Shakespeare
Stars: Mark Rylance, Stephen Fry, Samuel Barnett, Paul Chahidi (all of whom are Tony nominated for their performances)
Skit name: The Tranny SkitTony Nominees for Best Revival of a Musical 

Les Misérables March 23-now
Music: Claude-Michel Schonberg
Lyrics: Herbert Kretzmer
Book: Alain Boublil and Schonberg
Stars: Ramin Karimloo (Tony nom), Will Swenson, Cassie Levy, Nikki M. James, Andy Meintus, Samantha Hill
Skit name: The Most Beautiful Les Mis Cast of All Time (seriously, Karimloo and Swenson playing opposite each other must be incredibly distracting)
On another note, it's only nominated for 3 Tonys. Count 'em: 3: Best Revival, Best Actor, and Best Sound Design. Although, this is sadly better than the last revival which, in a word, tanked and got 0 Tony noms.

Hedwig and the Angry Inch
PlaybillVault.com told me that this was an original musical, so I mistakenly included it in the list of new musicals a couple weeks ago, so read about it here!
ETIQUETTE ADVISORY: To save you from a totally awkward party foul as you try to impress your more experienced theatre friends at your Tony Awards party, I must warn you that it's pronounced "Hedvig" with a V (think a German version of Harry Potter's owl). That information should save you from being on the receiving end of one of those condescending looks that theatre people are prone to bestow upon ignorant fools who have the audacity to crash a sophisticated theatre conversation when they know nothing (think Laura Benanti's epic shade in The Sound of Music).

Violet

Again, PlaybillVault.com and I are still at odds over this one which they claimed was an original musical so read about it in my previous article  here!
Let's take a moment to remember that Sutton Foster and Idina Menzel (2 of the best Broadway divas right now) are nominated against each other. How does this even happen?! #bestseasonever #yaybroadway

I often wonder who exactly is nominated for plays/musicals themselves, like who's entitled to the statue if the show wins? While everyone involved in a show can take credit for the win, I believe the actual winners are the producers... Because money. And that's your fun Tony Awards fact for the week!

Now memorize this list, and you'll be pro enough for even the purest of Broadway purists!

Sally Henry www.BroadwayWorld.com/author/Sally-Henry // Twitter: www.twitter.com/bwayginger // Facebook: www.facebook.com/singularsensationbway

Read More:
All about the new plays on Broadway
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All about the Tony Awards

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