April 23, 2021

Tony Awards 2015

Families just may have to draw straws this Sunday to see who gets to use the big television screen; sports enthusiasts who want to watch Game 2 of the NBA Finals or theater buffs so they can catch the 2015 Tony Awards hosted by Alan Cumming and Kristen Chenoweth.

It has been ages since I saw something on Broadway so I have to experience the current New York theater season vicariously. Watching clips from the nominated shows on the Tony Awards site is the next best thing to being there.

The four shows up for best new musical are: “Fun Home,” a contemporary musical about seeing your parents through grown-up eyes, based on a best-selling graphic memoir by Alison Bechel, musical book and lyrics by Lisa  Kron, music by Jeanine Tesori, starring Broadway stalwart Michael Cerveris; “An American In Paris,” a musical/ballet based on the iconic movie with the well-loved Gershwin score and a new book by Craig Lucas; “The Visit,” a Kander and Ebb score with a Terrence McNally book and a star turn by the fabulous Chita Rivera (some of you may have seen this at the Chicago Goodman Theater in 2001); “Something Rotten,” a musical comedy with the co-director of  “The Book of Mormon” and the producer of “Avenue Q,” starring Northwestern grad Brian d’Arcy James.

There are also video clips of the three nominees for Best Revival of a Musical; “The King and I” with Kelli O’Hara, Leonard Bernstein’s “On the Town” and “On the Twentieth Century” with Kristin Chenoweth and Peter Gallagher. “The Last Ship” with music and lyrics by Sting, did not get a best original musical nod, but it is a nominee for Best Original Score.

Is there still time to fly to New York and see all of the nominated shows before Sunday? Nah. But that big screen on Sunday is MINE.  

The Tony Award nominees and selected clips:

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