Top Musical Picks: 2013 Tony Awards

Posted by Monica on May 20, 2013

Get your fill of Broadway’s cream of the crop for musical theater in 2013. Ranging from blockbuster fan favorites to high-profile revivals, the following musicals, seen in New York’s theater district, earned nods at the Tony Awards, considered as the highest honor in American theater. Catch one of these nominees before the winners are declared on June 9.

Kinky Boots

Kinky Boots

KINKY BOOTS – Al Hirschfeld Theatre
13 Tony Nominations including Best Musical, Best Original Score, Leading Actor, Featured Actress, Best Direction, Best Costume Design
What’s it about: A son inherits his dad’s soon-to-be bankrupt shoe factory. To save it, he teams up with an entertainer who is looking for some ladies footwear…for men.
What to expect: The most Tony nominated show of 2013 boasts knockout dancing and an uplifting story that proves that sometimes, the best way is to stand out.
Trivia: Grammy award winning pop icon, Cyndi Lauper, composed the score while four-time Tony award winning actor and playwright Harvey Fierstein wrote the book. The musical is also based on a true story that provided the inspiration for a 2005 comedy movie of the same name.

Matilda

Matilda. Photo by Manuel Harlan.

MATILDA – Shubert Theatre
12 Tony Nominations including Best Musical, Best Original Score, Leading Actor, Featured Actor/Actress, Best Direction, Best Choreography
What’s it about: An extraordinary girl, armed with a vivid imagination and a sharp mind, who still believes in a better life, despite her neglectful family and a school ruled by a cruel headmistress.
What to expect: Solid performances, inventive choreography, catchy songs by British comedian, Tim Minchin.
Trivia: Based on the children’s classic by Roald Dahl and presented by the Royal Shakespeare Company, the musical holds the Guinness World Record for the most number of Oliviers (the London equivalent of the Tony) with seven awards all-in-all. In 2012, the four girls playing Matilda in London shared the best actress triumph. Similarly for the Tonys, the girls playing Matilda will be receiving special honors.

Pippin

Pippin

PIPPIN – Music Box Theatre
10 Tony Nominations including Best Revival of a Musical, Leading Actress, Featured Actor/Actress, Best Direction, Best Choreography
What’s it about: A young prince on a death-defying journey to find meaning in his existence. Will he choose a happy but simple life? Or will he risk everything for a singular flash of glory?
What to expect: Sizzling choreography in the style of the legendary Bob Fosse and breathtaking acrobatics by Les 7 Doigts de la Main.
Trivia: From the same composer of “Godspell” and “Wicked” as well as Disney movies like “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” and “Enchanted”. Pippin first made its waves in Broadway in 1972, where it scooped up 5 Tony awards. A movie adaptation is said to be in the works from the producers of “Chicago”.

Cinderella

Cinderella

CINDERELLA – Broadway Theatre
9 Tony Nominations including Best Revival, Leading Actor/Actress, Featured Actress, Best Costume Design
What’s it about: A young lady with a heart of gold dreams of escaping a life of chores and rags imposed by her tyrant stepmother. Little does she know that her life is about to change when she chances upon a homeless woman and later, a prince.
What to expect: A revamped take of the beloved fairy tale with classic elements and new twists. Discover Cinderella’s sassier side and re-discover some Rodgers and Hammerstein favorites.
Trivia: This version by master composers Rodgers and Hammerstein was created for television, headlined by Julie Andrews. It was remade for a second time in 1965 and a third time in 1997 with Whitney Houston, Bernadette Peters, Whoopi Goldberg and Brandy as Cinderella. The musical adaptation makes its Broadway debut for the first time ever in January 2013.

Motown

Motown

MOTOWN: THE MUSICAL – Lunt-Fontanne Theatre
4 Tony Nominations – Leading Actress, Featured Actor, Best Orchestrations and Best Sound Design
What’s it about:  The real story of the one-of-a-kind sound that hit the airwaves in 1959. It charts the journey of Motown founder Berry Gordy from featherweight boxer to a heavyweight music mogul.
What to expect: Motown classics and the story behind the hits as Diana, Smokey, Berry and the whole Motown family fight against the odds to create the soundtrack that changed America.
Trivia: Berry Gordy launched the careers of Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye and so many more.

Annie

Annie. Photo by Joan Marcus

ANNIE – Palace Theatre
1 Tony Nomination – Best Revival of a Musical
What’s it about: A little orphan who charms everyone’s hearts, despite a next-to-nothing start in 1930s New York City.
What to expect: The timeless story. The classic characters. The unforgettable songs with new choreography.
Trivia: An all-new production of one of the most acclaimed musicals of the past 35 years, based on a popular comic strip by Harold Gray. Besides delighting millions of audiences around the world on stage and on screen, the musical is spreading awareness about animal rescue and welfare. The two dogs playing Sandy, Annie signature pal, were rescued from animal shelters.

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