The 2018 Tony award nominations were announced May 1 by Katharine McPhee and Leslie Odom Jr. See below for the full list!
The Children, by Lucy Kirkwood
Farinelli and The King, by Claire van Kampen
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two, by Jack Thorne
Junk, by Ayad Akhtar
Latin History for Morons, by John Leguizamo
The Band’s Visit
SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical
Best Revival of a Play
Angels in America
Edward Albee’s Three Tall Women
Eugene O’Neill’s The Iceman Cometh
Best Revival of a Musical
My Fair Lady
Once On This Island
Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel
Best Book of a Musical
The Band’s Visit, Itamar Moses
Frozen, Jennifer Lee
Mean Girls, Tina Fey
SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical, Kyle Jarrow
Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre
Angels in America, Adrian Sutton
The Band’s Visit, David Yazbek
Frozen, Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez
Mean Girls, Jeff Richmond and Nell Benjamin
SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical, Music & Lyrics: Yolanda Adams, Steven Tyler & Joe Perry of Aerosmith, Sara Bareilles, Jonathan Coulton, Alex Ebert of Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, The Flaming Lips, Lady Antebellum, Cyndi Lauper & Rob Hyman, John Legend, Panic! at the Disco, Plain White T’s, They Might Be Giants, T.I., and Domani & Lil’C
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play
Andrew Garfield, Angels in America
Tom Hollander, Travesties
Jamie Parker, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two
Mark Rylance, Farinelli and The King
Denzel Washington, Eugene O’Neill’s The Iceman Cometh
Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play
Glenda Jackson, Edward Albee’s Three Tall Women
Condola Rashad, Saint Joan
Lauren Ridloff, Children of a Lesser God
Amy Schumer, Meteor Shower
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical
Harry Hadden-Paton, My Fair Lady
Joshua Henry, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel
Tony Shalhoub, The Band’s Visit
Ethan Slater, SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical
Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical
Lauren Ambrose, My Fair Lady
Hailey Kilgore, Once On This Island
LaChanze, Summer: The Donna Summer Musical
Katrina Lenk, The Band’s Visit
Taylor Louderman, Mean Girls
Jessie Mueller, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel
Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play
Anthony Boyle, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two
Michael Cera, Lobby Hero
Brian Tyree Henry, Lobby Hero
Nathan Lane, Angels in America
David Morse, Eugene O’Neill’s The Iceman Cometh
Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play
Susan Brown, Angels in America
Noma Dumezweni, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two
Deborah Findlay, The Children
Denise Gough, Angels in America
Laurie Metcalf, Edward Albee’s Three Tall Women
Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical
Norbert Leo Butz, My Fair Lady
Alexander Gemignani, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel
Grey Henson, Mean Girls
Gavin Lee, SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical
Ari’el Stachel, The Band’s Visit
Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical
Ariana DeBose, Summer: The Donna Summer Musical
Renée Fleming, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel
Lindsay Mendez, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel
Ashley Park, Mean Girls
Diana Rigg, My Fair Lady
Best Scenic Design of a Play
Miriam Buether, Edward Albee’s Three Tall Women
Jonathan Fensom, Farinelli and The King
Christine Jones, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two
Santo Loquasto, Eugene O’Neill’s The Iceman Cometh
Ian MacNeil and Edward Pierce, Angels in America
Best Scenic Design of a Musical
Dane Laffrey, Once On This Island
Scott Pask, The Band’s Visit
Scott Pask, Finn Ross & Adam Young, Mean Girls
Michael Yeargan, My Fair Lady
David Zinn, SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical
Best Costume Design of a Play
Jonathan Fensom, Farinelli and The King
Nicky Gillibrand, Angels in America
Katrina Lindsay, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two
Ann Roth, Edward Albee’s Three Tall Women
Ann Roth, Eugene O’Neill’s The Iceman Cometh
Best Costume Design of a Musical
Gregg Barnes, Mean Girls
Clint Ramos, Once On This Island
Ann Roth, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel
David Zinn, SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical
Catherine Zuber, My Fair Lady
Best Lighting Design of a Play
Neil Austin, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two
Paule Constable, Angels in America
Jules Fisher + Peggy Eisenhauer, Eugene O’Neill’s The Iceman Cometh
Paul Russell, Farinelli and The King
Ben Stanton, Junk
Best Lighting Design of a Musical
Kevin Adams, SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical
Jules Fisher + Peggy Eisenhauer, Once On This Island
Donald Holder, My Fair Lady
Brian MacDevitt, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel
Tyler Micoleau, The Band’s Visit
Best Sound Design of a Play
Adam Cork, Travesties
Ian Dickinson for Autograph, Angels in America
Gareth Fry, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two
Tom Gibbons, 1984
Dan Moses Schreier, Eugene O’Neill’s The Iceman Cometh
Best Sound Design of a Musical
Kai Harada, The Band’s Visit
Peter Hylenski, Once On This Island
Scott Lehrer, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel
Brian Ronan, Mean Girls
Walter Trarbach and Mike Dobson, SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical
Best Direction of a Play
Marianne Elliott, Angels in America
Joe Mantello, Edward Albee’s Three Tall Women
Patrick Marber, Travesties
John Tiffany, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two
George C. Wolfe, Eugene O’Neill’s The Iceman Cometh
Best Direction of a Musical
Michael Arden, Once On This Island
David Cromer, The Band’s Visit
Tina Landau, SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical
Casey Nicholaw, Mean Girls
Bartlett Sher, My Fair Lady
Christopher Gattelli, My Fair Lady
Christopher Gattelli, SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical
Steven Hoggett, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two
Casey Nicholaw, Mean Girls
Justin Peck, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel
John Clancy, Mean Girls
Tom Kitt, SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical
Annmarie Milazzo & Michael Starobin, Once On This Island
Jamshied Sharifi, The Band’s Visit
Jonathan Tunick, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel
- Eat at Sardis
Sardis is a restaurant in the Theater District that is famous for the hundreds of caricatures of ‘show-biz’ celebrities. When you eat here you can play guess who will all the people on the walls.
- Visit Alexander Hamilton
If you have listened to Hamilton you will know that Alexander Hamilton was buried in the Trinity Church Cemetery and if you visit this cemetery, Angelica and Eliza are also there. If you are a big Hamilton fan this might make for an interesting day trip.
Bake a pie while listening to the entire Waitress album. To get the full experience, you should invent a new pie and give it a Jenna approved name.
A lot of Broadway shows are actually based on books! If you are in a Broadway mood but don’t want to leave your bed, you can pick up a book that inspired your favorite show. Some of these books could be Wicked by Gregory Maguire, Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow, or My Love, My Love by Rosa Guy.
- Triton Gallery
Triton Gallery is a gallery dedicated to theatrical art and posters. Come here to check out all of the art, past and present, and maybe treat yourself to a poster or two.
- Lincoln Center Library
Also known as the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, this library is full of everything a theater lover could ever want including the Theatre on Film and Tape Archive. You could spend hours here.
- Drama Bookshop
This bookshop is not any ordinary bookshop! It was founded by the Drama League and stocks over 8,000 plays. This is the perfect place for you to find your new favorite show.
- Shubert Alley
Get your photoshoot on in Shubert Alley! Shubert Alley is in the heart of the theater district and is covered in posters for currently running Broadway shows.
Have a good old fashioned dance party to your favorite show tunes.
Schmackary’s is a Broadway staple. Come here at the end of the day to treat yourself with a delicious cookie… or two.
If you are like me, you love listening to cast albums and are always looking for the next show to obsess over (you can only listen to Hamilton so many times). So here are some Musical Theatre songs you might not know that are worth a listen or two.
“Like It Here” (The Hinterlands)
This song is from The Hinterlands, a six part musical miniseries that you can find online here, and this song is just so moving that you will have to listen to it again immediately.
“Lost in the Brass” (Band Geeks)
If you were ever in the band, you will like this song.
“Leave Luanne” (35MM)
35MM is a ‘musical exhibition’ by Ryan Scott Oliver where each song is based on a different photograph. This entire album is definitely worth a listen, but if you only have time for one song, this is it!
“Michael in the Bathroom” (Be More Chill)
This show has gotten much more popular in the last year, and for good reason! Be More Chill is what happens when you mix Little Shop of Horrors and 13. And “Michael in the Bathroom” is the show stopping number that we can all relate to, who hasn’t felt awkward at a party before?
“Stroke by Stroke” (Jasper in Deadland)
This is the song that you will still be singing in the shower three days later.
“Way Down Hadestown” (Hadestown)
This musical adaptation of the Greek Orpheus and Eurydice myth was recorded live and you will fall in love with the music.
Going to see a Broadway show is an incredible experience, but it can also be very expensive. So here are 6 ways you can see a Broadway show without breaking the bank.
Many shows will sell rush tickets the day of the show for a discounted rate. These tickets are great, and usually under $60! However, to get these tickets you will have to be at the box office when they open in the morning. Here is a list of all Broadway shows that sell rush tickets.
Shows will often also do both digital and in person lotteries. These are great ways to get cheap tickets and the seats are usually good. But it is not a guarantee that you will get any tickets, so this method is better for someone who will be in the area anyway. For a list of all Broadway lotteries and how to enter, click here.
There are many special discounts out there if you are under a certain age. If you sign up for HIPTIX you have access to $25 tickets to Roundabout productions. With a LincTix membership you can get $32 tickets to Lincoln Center Poductions. The Manhattan Theatre Club also has a 30 under 30 deal, where if you are under 30 years old you can get tickets for $30.
These are all websites that you can get discounted tickets on.
- TKTS Booth
There are multiple TKTS Booths around the city, but the most notable one is in Times Square. At the booth you can easily get discounted tickets!
Often you can get significant discounts on tickets if you buy them in bulk. So get a gaggle of friends and go enjoy a show!
Stephen Sondheim’s impact on theater is incalculable. Every theater kid has at least one Sondheim song in their back pocket at all times, and many can cite a Sondheim piece having some sort of significant impact on their lives.
So, in honor of Sondheim’s birthday, here are 10 of Sondheim’s best songs and our favorite lines from each.
Finishing the Hat
And how you’re always turning back too late / From the grass or the stick / Or the dog or the light
Somebody, sit in my chair / And ruin my sleep / And make me aware / Of being alive
The Ballad of Sweeney Todd
Attend the tale of Sweeney Todd
No more giants waging war / Can’t we just pursue our lives, with our children and our wives / ‘Til that happy day arrives, how do you ignore / All the witches, all the curses/ All the wolves, all the lies, the false hopes, the good-bye’s, the reverses
I rewrote the rewrite
The Ladies Who Lunch
Keeping house but clutching a copy of Life / Just to keep in touch
Send in the Clowns
Isn’t it rich? / Isn’t it queer? / Losing my timing this late in my career
The Glamorous Life
Ordinary mothers needn’t meet committees / But ordinary mothers don’t get keys to cities / No, ordinary mothers merely see their children all year / Which is lovely, I hear
Children Will Listen
Careful the wish you make / Wishes are children / Careful the path they take / Wishes come true / Not free
Every Day a Little Death
He smiles sweetly / Strokes my hair, says he misses me / I would murder him right there / But first I die
We have all had experiences with an annoying audience member. Unfortunately, it’s a common occurrence. But most of these ‘bad audience members’ don’t understand how they are disrupting the experience for other audience members.
Since NO ONE wants to be the bad seed, here are five easy steps to turn you into the model audience member.
1. Turn off your phone:
Like off off… or airplane mode. And please don’t just switch your phone to vibrate and then think you’re good, we can still hear it when you get a notification.
2. Put your phone away:
Put it away! In a pocket or a bag or your shoe, just get it out of your sight because if it’s in your lap you will be tempted to check it. Also if it lights up, it will disturb everyone around you.
3. Don’t sing along:
You will be tempted, the music is amazing and I am sure that you sound great, but the audience came to see and hear the actors perform the material. So please keep quiet, and then once you get out of the theater, please sing away.
4. Please don’t talk:
Just don’t. And yes, talking through the overture does count! The overture is the time for the orchestra to show off, so enjoy it… but quietly.
5. Be a respectful snacker:
We can all agree that snacks are amazing. But please, when you are at a show, try to snack quietly. There is nothing more distracting than the crinkling of candy wrappers.
Follow these steps and you will never again be called a bad audience member!
After a successful run at Second Stage’s Off-Broadway theatre, Harvey Fiersten’s TORCH SONG returns to its original home on Broadway for a limited engagement! Returning to this production are stars Michael Urie and Mercedes Ruehl. Fiercely funny and heart wrenching TORCH SONG follows Arnold Beckoff’s odyssey to find happiness in New York. All he wants is a husband, a child and a pair of bunny slippers that fit, but a visit from his overbearing mother reminds him that he needs one thing more: respect. TORCH SONG begins previews on October 9, with an official opening night of November 1.
Who doesn’t adore Bernadette Peters?
She has been amazing Broadway audiences for 59 years starting with her 1959 Broadway debut in The Most Happy Fella. She has one of the most recognizable names, voices, and hair in Broadway and she turned 70 yesterday!
To celebrate Bernadette Peters’s Birthday, let’s take a look at some of our favorite Bernadette moments.
This song has been sung by many many different and amazing performers, but Bernadette’s version really brings out the water works.
If you are a Broadway fan you really should watch all of the Sondheim Birthday Concert. In the meantime, take in the awesomeness that is this performance.
It’s crazy to look back on Peters receiving her first Tony award in 1986 for Song and Dance.
Carol Burnett AND Bernadette Peters in a sketch together? What could be better?
This performance is pure magic.
We are so excited to have Bernadette ‘back where she belongs’ in Hello Dolly! Get tickets here if you want to see this legend in action!
It has been a busy week on Broadway, full of star-studded casting announcements!
Katherine McPhee to make Broadway debut in Waitress: American Idol and Smash star Katherine McPhee will make her Broadway debut as the lead role of Jenna in Waitress from April 10 through June 17. She will take over the role from the show’s songwriter, Sara Bareilles, who is set to depart the show on March 11.
David Cook to join the cast of Kinky Boots: American Idol winner David Cook is set to strap on those red heels in the cast of Kinky Boots from April 3 to May 5. He will take over the role of Charlie Price from Scissor Sisters singer Jake Shears, who’s final performance is set for April 1.
Harry Connick Jr. sets his sights on Broadway: Last seen on Broadway in The Pajama Game, Connick Jr. has joined the upcoming out-of-town tryout of The Sting, a musical adaptation of the 1973 Oscar-winning film.
Hello, Betty Buckley!: The upcoming tour of the Tony-winning revival Hello, Dolly! has been announced, with Betty Buckley at the helm as Dolly Gallagher Levi. The first national tour will begin on October 12 at Playhouse Square in Cleveland, OH, with more dates and cities to be announced.
Is one day dedicated to love just not enough for you?
Want to keep the Valentine’s day magic going?
Well, there’s no better way to celebrate love than enjoying some of the best Broadway love songs!
So grab your headphones or your speaker, sit back and revisit some of the classics with “On the Street Where You Live” and “Some Enchanted Evening”, and join Eliza in falling for
Lin-Manuel Miranda Alexander while listening to “Helpless”.