Tony Awards 2019: All the Musicals Up for Best New Musical
Ain't Too Proud to Beg—The Life and Times of the Temptations
After bringing Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons' story to Broadway (with Jersey Boys), as well as Donna Summer's (with Summer: The Donna Summer Musical), director Des McAnuff has turned his bio-musical sights on Motown R&B vocal superstars The Temptations. With 42 top 10 hits under their belt (including "My Girl," "Just My Imagination," "Get Ready," and "Papa Was a Rolling Stone") and a rotating roster of band members, there's plenty of music and drama packed into the show. Plus performances from Ephriam Sykes, Jeremy Pope, Jawan M. Jackson, James Harkness and Derrick Baskin will leave you dancing in the aisles.
Tickets for Ain't Too Proud—The Life and Times of the Temptations, at the Imperial Theatre, are on sale now.
Tim Burton’s 1988 cult classic is reborn in this deliciously dark and hilarious new musical, with a catchy score by Eddie Perfect and a witty book by Scott Brown and Anthony King. Tony nominee Alex Brightman (School of Rock) steps into Michael Keaton’s shoes as the title role of everyone’s favorite Ghost with the Most, while Sophia Anne Caruso stars as as Lydia Deetz — the death-obsessed teen played by Winona Ryder on screen. Many of the fans' favorite film moments are recreated, including the iconic dance sequence set to Harry Belafonte’s “Day-o (Banana Boat Song)." It's a show about death that'll give you life.
Tickets for Beetlejuice, at the Winter Garden Theatre, are on sale now.
After a series of acclaimed runs — including one at the New York Theater Workshop in 2016 and one at London's National Theatre in 2018 — director Rachel Chavkin (Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812) has finally brought her innovative and moving production of Hadestown to Broadway. The musical, a folk-operatic retelling of the Orpheus and Eurydice myth, comes from singer-songerwriter Anais Mitchell. Actors Reeve Carney, Eva Noblezada, Patrick Page, Amber Gray and Andre De Shields lead a superb cast. All in all, it's a beautiful, touching, and thrilling piece of art.
Tickets for Hadestown, at the Walter Kerr Theatre, are on sale now.
It's hard not to smile during the joyful new musical comedy The Prom. The show tells the story of four out of work Broadway actors (the hilarious Beth Leavel, Brooks Ashmanskas, Christopher Sieber, and Angie Schworer) who travel from the Big Apple to small town Indiana, where a high school PTA is trying to stop a lesbian student from bringing her girlfriend to prom (Caitlin Kinnunen and Isabelle McCalla). The performances are great, the jokes delightful, and the music catchy (composer Matthew Skylar and lyricist Chad Beguelin have crafted one of the more memorable new scores in recent years). But The Prom is really all about the sweet message at the story's center. It makes for one of the more uplifting nights of theater around.
Tickets for The Prom, at the Longacre Theatre, are on sale now.
Being a woman is no job for a man, but that doesn't stop disgraced actor Michael Dorsey (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend's Santino Fontana) from reinventing himself as up-and-coming actress Dorothy Michaels in order to land a dream role. That's the premise of Tootsie, the musical adaptation of the classic 1982 Dustin Hoffman comedy. Much of the action has been updated for a 2019 audience, with book writer Robert Horn and composer David Yazbeck fully acknowledging the #TimesUp territory. And though much of the movement's frustrations are left unexplored, the show still manages a strong takedown of the male ego — all while delivering consistant laughs and solid performances.
Tickets for Tootsie, at the Marquis Theatre, are on sale now.