Awards season is in full swing, and Broadway’s biggest night is ready to make a grand entrance. To help you honor the best and the brightest of Broadway, we’ve got your guide to the 2019 Tony Awards best musical nominees. The 73rd Tony Awards airs on June 9, 2019.
Ain’t Too Proud
Jukebox musicals have been big on Broadway recently, so it’s no surprise that this spectacular show was nominated. Based on the story of 1960’s group The Temptations, the musical features many of the band’s most famous tunes, like “My Girl” and “Get Ready,” as well as some of their lesser-known hits.
Based on the 1988 film by the same name, this comedic musical follows a family who’s haunted by the recently deceased, former owners of their home. The ghosts are eager to rid themselves of the new homeowners, so they employ the help of a bio-exorcist ghost named Beetlejuice. His devious and crude demeanor wreak havoc on the household in increasingly hilarious ways.
Garnering the most nominations of any production this season, Hadestown puts a modern spin on the ancient Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice. Orpheus’ journey to the underworld to save his fiancée is underscored by folk and jazz tunes in this stunning new musical.
Fun for the whole family, this musical features high-energy numbers with big dance breaks that will have everyone dancing in their seats. This nominee is heart-warming and hilarious, as it tells a story of four washed-up Broadway actors who help a teenage girl have the prom of her dreams.
When he’s passed over for a role in a musical due to his bad reputation, actor Michael takes on the persona of Dorothy to land the role. Another musical adaptation of a classic film, Tootsie stars Santino Fontana in the leading role of Michael, and it’s a performance you won’t want to miss.
Best Revival of a Musical
This guide to the 2019 Tony Award nominees for Best Revival of a Musical helps you navigate the classic musicals that were expertly reimagined this season on the Great White Way.
Kiss Me, Kate
In its third Broadway revival, Kiss Me, Kate has been updated to include minor feminist undertones and stars Kelli O’Hara as the leading actress in the role of Kate. This musical shows all the mayhem and madness that goes on behind the curtain of a Broadway musical in hilarious scenes that are all too familiar to theatre aficionados.
The 2019 revival of Oklahoma! puts a modern twist on the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic musical. This musical stars Rebecca Naomi Jones, a black woman, as Laurey, and Ali Stroker, the first actress to use a wheelchair on Broadway, as Ado Annie, and they flip previous notions of this show upside-down. This updated classic also features new choreography and new musical arrangements, performed onstage by a seven-piece band.