Yet another amazing season on Broadway in 2018. Tony Awards will be held on June 10th 2018. Let’s take a quick look at the 2018 nominees.
Best Musical Nominees
The Band’s Visit
The Band’s Visit Broadway opened to rave reviews and has been one of the most popular Broadway musicals of the 2018 season.
The Band’s Visit synopsis:
Dina, a café owner in an Israeli desert town, had long resigned her desires for romance to daydreaming about exotic films and music from her youth. When a band of Egyptian musicians show up lost at her café, she and her fellow locals take them in for the night. As their lives intertwine in unexpected ways, this once sleepy town begins to wake up.
Is the Band’s Visit based on a true story? The town of Beit Hatikva where the band ends up and where the events portrayed in the show take place, is not a real town. Petah Tikva, the town where the band was heading, is a real city in Israel.
Frozen the musical opened on Broadway in February 2018 and has immediately become one of the most talked about shows, with tickets sold out for months in advance. Disney has produced yet another amazing show, and it is definitely worth seeing, especially if your own little princesses are begging to see it. When you St. James Theater in New York, you will be amazed by how many girls in the audience are wearing princess costumes, so cute!
Frozen comes to life on Broadway in an all-new production created for the stage by an award-winning team. Featuring twice as many songs as the original film, the show’s expanded score is written by Academy Award® winner Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Tony Award® and Oscar winner Robert Lopez, and the book is by Oscar winner Jennifer Lee. The sound design is by Tony nominee Peter Hylenski, with video design by Tony winner Finn Ross. The scenic and costume designs are by Tony winner Christopher Oram, the lighting design is by Tony winner Natasha Katz, music supervision and arrangements are by Tony winner Stephen Oremus, and the choreography is by Tony winner Rob Ashford. The production is directed by Tony Award winner Michael Grandage.
This is the timeless tale of two sisters, pulled apart by a mysterious secret. As one young woman struggles to find her voice and harness her powers within the other embarks on an epic adventure to bring her family together once and for all. Both are searching for love. They just don’t know where to find it.
Another show that opened on Broadway to great reviews is Mean Girls. And no wonder why. Mean Girls is now a ferociously funny new Broadway musical from director Casey Nicholaw (Aladdin, The Book of Mormon), composer Jeff Richmond (30 Rock, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt), lyricist Nell Benjamin (Legally Blonde) and book writer Tina Fey (30 Rock, Bossypants).
What is Mean Girls Broadway about? Cady Heron may have grown up on an African savanna, but nothing prepared her for the wild and vicious ways of her strange new home: suburban Illinois. How will this naïve newbie rise to the top of the popularity pecking order? By taking on The Plastics, a trio of lionized frenemies led by the charming but ruthless Regina George. But when Cady devises a plan to end Regina’s reign, she learns the hard way that you can’t cross a Queen Bee without getting stung.
Produced by Lorne Michaels, Stuart Thompson, Sonia Friedman, and Paramount Pictures, Mean Girls gets to the hilarious heart of what it means to be a true friend, a worthy nemesis, and above all, a human being.
Mean Girls received the biggest number of Tony nominations, 12!
Don’t miss Mean Girls on Broadway, buy tickets online.
SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical
Another show to score the top number of Tony nominations is SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical. The show has received 12 nominations, just like Mean Girls.
A legendary roster of Grammy Award winners. A visionary director and Tony Award®-winning design team. One of the world’s most beloved and unforgettable characters. Turn them all loose on Broadway and what do you get? SpongeBob SquarePants!
Stakes are higher than ever before as SpongeBob and all of Bikini Bottom face the total annihilation of their undersea world. Chaos erupts. Lives hang in the balance. And just when all hope seems lost, a most unexpected hero rises up and takes center stage.
Get ready to dive to all-new depths of theatrical innovation at SpongeBob SquarePants, where the power of optimism really can save the world!
Best Play Nominees
- The Children
- Farinelli and The King
- Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two
- Latin History for Morons
Best Revival of a Play Nominees
Angels in America
Three Tall Women
The Iceman Cometh
Denzel Washington, two-time Academy Award® winner and Tony Award® winner, returns to Broadway in one of the signal roles in the American theatre in Eugene O’Neill’s The Iceman Cometh, for 14 weeks only.
Frank Rich of The New York Times raved, “the word ‘masterwork’ is not invoked lightly. Eugene O’Neill’s tragic vision remains undiminished by time. The Iceman Cometh is a ferocious American classic that has lost none of its power to send one shaking into the middle of the night.” Beginning March 22, 2018, Denzel Washington, fresh off his extraordinary sell-out runs in both Fences and A Raisin in the Sun, comes back to the Main Stem in “the greatest American play” (New York Magazine) by “the greatest American playwright” (The Washington Post).
Five-time Tony winner George C. Wolfe directs this strictly limited engagement.
The Iceman Cometh starring Denzel Washington is at Broadway’s Bernard B Jacobs Theatre until July 1st 2018. The show is 3 hours 50 minutes, with 2 intermissions.
Best Revival of a Musical Nominees
My Fair Lady
Lincoln Center Theater-Vivian Beaumont has become home for My Fair Lady Broadway musical, the version of 2018.
Lerner & Loewe’s My Fair Lady has returned to Broadway and The New York Times calls it “thrilling, glorious and better than it ever was.” It’s been nominated for 10 Tony Awards including Best Musical Revival. “Bartlett Sher’s glowing production is enthralling,” raves New York Magazine. “Every so often a revival comes along that reminds you how indispensable great theater can be” (NY1). Tony nominee Lauren Ambrose is “a revelation” (The New York Times) and Tony nominee Harry Hadden-Paton is “absolutely marvelous” (New York Magazine) as they lead a stellar cast that includes Tony nominees Diana Rigg and Norbert Leo Butz. Entertainment Weekly cheers, “this My Fair Lady is a thing of beauty, a sumptuous new production of the most perfect musical of all time.”
Boasting such classic songs as “I Could Have Danced All Night,” “The Rain in Spain,” “Wouldn’t It Be Loverly” and “On the Street Where You Live,” My Fair Lady tells the story of Eliza Doolittle, a young Cockney flower seller, and Henry Higgins, a linguistics professor who is determined to transform her into his idea of a “proper lady.” But who is really being transformed? In Lincoln Center Theater’s “jubilant revival, this beloved musical comes alive in all its glory” (Variety).
Once On This Island
Broadway’s Once On This Island has been nominated for 8 Tony Awards including Best Musical Revival.
Once on This Island reviews include “What a delight it is to enter the world of Once On This Island!” raves The New York Times. Time Out New York cheers, “After seeing this imaginative and dynamic musical, you may feel once is not enough!”
This is the sweeping theatrical power of Once On This Island - the universal tale of Ti Moune (2018 Tony Award® nominee Hailey Kilgore), a fearless peasant girl in search of her place in the world, and ready to risk it all for love. Guided by the mighty island gods (played by Tony Award® winner Lea Salonga, Glee’s Alex Newell, American Idol’s Tamyra Gray, and Cats’ Quentin Early Darrington), Ti Moune sets out on a remarkable journey to reunite with the man who has captured her heart.
2018 revival of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel has a stellar cast, starring Tony nominee Joshua Henry, Tony winner Jessie Mueller and four-time Grammy® winner Renée Fleming (her Broadway debut), with choreography by New York City Ballet’s Justin Peck, “this ravishing Carousel tingles with the rapture of life in all its contradictions” (The New York Times).
NPR says “The best musical of the season, by far.” Three-time Tony Award® winner Jack O’Brien’s “sumptuous revival is a high-water mark of classic American musical theater” (Time Out).
Carousel Broadway synopsis: set in a small New England factory town, Carousel describes the tragic romance between a troubled carnival barker and the woman who gives up everything for him. With a score full of “the theater’s most beautiful and enduring songs” (Variety), brought to life through “choreography that would send Rodgers & Hammerstein themselves into waves of happy shivers” (The Washington Post), this incandescently staged story of passion, loss and redemption is “one of the most moving experiences in all of musical theater” (New York Magazine).
See the complete list of 2018 nominations at the official Tony Awards website.
See New York Online website for the list of Broadway shows.