The Tony Awards celebrate the best of live Broadway theatre each year

In 2017, the Tonys occur on June 11. This year’s ceremony celebrates the wide variety of Broadway offerings from the classic to the latest. According to the Huffington Post, there are 8 Broadway shows that theatre fans should know (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/8-things-every-broadway-fan-should-watch-read-or-see-before-the-tonys_us_59399d80e4b006105480c51d).

1) Dear Evan Hansen
Nominated for Best Musical, “Dear Evan Hansen” is musical created by songwriters Justin Paul and Benj Pasek – the team behind the critically acclaimed movie “La-La-Land”. Dear Evan Hanson stars Ben Platt.

2) Sweat
Pulitzer Prize winner “Sweat”, written by Lynn Nottage, is nominated for Best Play. Sweat is a story that examines the lives of a group of factory workers living and working in a small town in Pennsylvania.

3) The Little Foxes
“The Little Foxes” is nominated for Best Revival of a Play. Little Foxes is a period piece that takes place in small Alabama town during the 1900’s. It stars Laura Linney and Cynthia Nixon who exchanged roles during the play’s run.

4) Falsettos
Nominated for Best Revival of a Musical, “Falsettos” tells the story about the impact of divorce and a father professing his homosexuality on a family that struggles to stay together.

5) Hello Dolly
“Hello Dolly” is a classic nominated for Best Revival of a Musical. Broadway actress Bette Midler makes her comeback in the role of Dolly Gallagher Levi.

6) Jitney
Written by playwright August Wilson, “Jitney” is nominated for Best Revival of a Play. Jitney tells the story of unofficial taxi drivers in the 1970’s who transported working class African Americans in the Pittsburgh Hill District when others refused them transportation.

7) Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812
Nominated for Best Musical, this complex, interactive show is based on a section of “War & Peace” and stars Josh Groban.

8) The Present
Actress Cate Blanchette is nominated for Best Actress in this play based on an unfinished Chekhov title.

Ben Platt Wins First Tony For ‘Dear Evan Hansen’

In 2012, Ben Platt stole every scene he was in during his movie debut in Pitch Perfect. While movie audiences were being introduced to Platt and the world of a capella through the voice of Anna Kendrick though, Platt was busy working on the stage in The Book of Mormon, which made its move to Broadway, taking him with it, in 2014. Just three years later, Platt has earned his first Tony Award for his work in his second Broadway show, Dear Evan Hansen.

Dear Evan Hansen follows Platt as a high school student with social anxiety who accidentally makes himself popular after the tragic loss of another student. Evan’s therapy assignment accidentally becomes another student’s suicide not, propelling him into the spotlight and prompting him to spin a story of friendship that never was. The play has received tons of critical acclaim and award nominations, and for Platt, who has loved the theater since he was a young boy, the recognition is all the sweeter.

Nominated for nine Tony Awards at this year’s ceremony, the musical won six of them, including Best Actor in a Musical for Platt, Best Score, and Best Musical. Platt had previously won the Drama League’s Distinguished Performance Award for his role, and at 23, he was the youngest to ever get it, but during Sunday’s Tony Awards, the live audience got to see just what the show means to Platt as he attended the Awards with his mother, mouthing, “Oh my God,” to her before coming on stage to accept his award.

At a rapid pace where he fought back tears, Platt thanked the team behind the show and his family but also detailed falling in love with musical theater at the age of six when he played the prince in Cinderella. He closed his acceptance speech by reminding everyone watching, “not to change a thing about yourself because the things that make you strange are the things that make you powerful.”

Platt will continue his run in Dear Evan Hansen at the Music Box Theater on Broadway. A touring cast will begin a US tour in 2018.

Cher Will Produce an Autobiographical Broadway Musical

Cher has had an amazing career that has spanned more than 50 years. She has been a success in music and in acting. She even won the Oscar for Best Actress. There is really nothing she has not accomplished. However, she is not ready to fade away into the sunset at age 71. In fact, there will be a Broadway musical about Cher’s life that will debut in 2018. She recently made the official announcement. However, she did not reveal any other substantial details about the show. It will feature many of Cher’s most famous songs. The show will be directed by Jason Moore and written by Rick Elice.

 

The musical will be unique because it will not simply have one actress portraying Cher. There will be three actresses playing Cher at different ages. The casting process is currently underway. Cher did not reveal any info regarding any of the actresses who might be playing her. She also did not say if any casting decisions were final as of yet. There was also no official announcement about the theater on Broadway where the show will be performed. That detail is most likely still be booked at the present time.

 

Cher has talked on several occasions about producing a musical about her life. However, it has never come to fruition until now. She said that she was too busy earlier in her life to commit the time that was needed to personally oversee the project from start to finish. She has said that she wanted to be directly involved because the show is about her life story. Therefore, there is nobody better to tell it than her. Now she is older and she does not have as many irons in the fire. She has the time to sit through auditions and rehearsals for the show and give her input. She said that she can’t wait for opening night so an audience can see all the hard work that has gone into the show.