The Broadway Shows to See Before the 2020 Tony Awards
The Tony Awards are to the theater world what the Emmys are to TV and the Oscars are to movies, with winners often going on to enjoy massive commercial and critical success. In advance of the 2020 ceremony, this coming June, here is an introduction to some of the Broadway musicals and plays that have garnered significant awards buzz.
Flying Over Sunset
“Flying Over Sunset” is a musical that imagines a fictional encounter between three 1950s visionaries who historically experimented with LSD: actor Cary Grant, writer and ambassador Clare Boothe Luce, and author and philosopher Aldous Huxley. Debuting in March, this one is already creating garnering buzz for its contributions by James Lapine (“Into the Woods,” “Falsettos”) and stars like Tony Yazbeck (“On the Town”).
“Six” is a concert starring the six wives of Henry VII, as they vie to become a fictional pop group’s lead singer based on who suffered the most during their marriage. It cruised to Broadway just months after its London debut and has received glowing reviews from Vogue, The New York Times, and the London Evening Standard.
Jagged Little Pill
“Jagged Little Pill” is a new jukebox musical that builds on the music of Alanis Morisette to explore drug addiction and sexuality in a contemporary suburban family. It has received a unique amount of buzz thanks to its unexpected take on the famed rock and pop anthems, as well as its book, by Diablo Cody, writer of the films “Juno” and “Young Adult.”
The three acting performances at the center of “Lehman Trilogy” have been described by the New York Times as “three of the most virtuosic performances you’re ever likely to see.” Directed by Hollywood’s Sam Mendes (“Revolutionary Road”), this show travels from the docks of nineteenth-century New York to the penthouse floor of gleaming Manhattan office buildings, to evoke the rise and fall of Lehman Brothers.
West Side Story
The latest “West Side Story” revival sets the story in present-day Manhattan and radically revisits the iconic musical’s choreography and music while staying true to its themes. Contributions from avant-garde legends such as Ivo van Hove and Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker make this a truly unexpected and inventive production that the New Yorker magazine has described as “unlike anything America has known before.”
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