June is bustin’ out all over, which means it’s Tony season! Each year, only a handful of musicals are selected by a committee of 50 for the coveted honor of being nominated for Best Musical. Here’s a roundup of nine shows now playing on Broadway that have been nominated for Best Musical, including the four up for the award this year.
Come From Away
This true story was nominated for seven Tony Awards in 2017. The show tells a touching story surrounding September 11, 2001: Thirty-eight planes carrying more than 6,500 passengers were stranded in the remote Canadian town of Gander when airports shut down. The locals not only opened their homes to international strangers, but they opened their hearts to them as well. To create the musical, Canadian writers Irene Sankoff and David Hein collected hundreds of hours of interviews that turned into this 100-minute production. Christopher Ashley (Escape to Margaritaville) won a Tony Award for directing Come From Away, currently playing at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre. For more information and tickets, click HERE.
On Wednesdays, they wear pink. Nominated for 12 Tony Awards this season, Mean Girls is based off the 2004 movie starring Lindsay Lohan and Rachel McAdams. With a book by Tina Fey (Saturday Night Live, 30 Rock), the musical, playing at the August Wilson Theatre, is sure to make you laugh from all those recognizable phrases that are now part of pop culture, including “Whatever, I’m getting cheese fries” and “You go, Glenn Coco.” The show is about a transfer student from Africa who tries to fit in at school in suburban Illinois. Mean Girls stars Erika Henningson (Les Misérables) as Cady Heron and Taylor Louderman (Kinky Boots) as Regina George, both of whom are nominated for lead actress in a musical. Tony winner Casey Nicholaw (Aladdin) directs and choreographs Mean Girls, one of four of his shows on Broadway right now — and it includes a big tap number. So fetch! For more information and tickets, click HERE.
The Band’s Visit
Based on a 2007 film of the same name, The Band’s Visit is nominated for 11 Tony Awards this season. Also nominated are Katrina Lenk (Indecent) and Tony Shalhoub (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel), who star in this 90-minute show at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre. It tells the story of a group of lost Egyptian band members who, after a mix-up at the border, are welcomed by friendly strangers in the middle of a remote Israeli desert village. The music is written five-time Tony Award nominee David Yazbek (The Full Monty) and centers around themes of human connection and how music can bring people together. Some band members play their own instruments on the stage during the show. For more information and tickets, click HERE.
SpongeBob SquarePants: The Broadway Musical
Head under the sea for Viacom’s elaborately produced and theatrically innovative new musical based on the Nickelodeon cartoon. Conceived and directed by Tina Landau, with songs written by a talented pool of music artists including Aerosmith, Cyndi Lauper, and John Legend, SpongeBob is nominated for 12 Tony Awards. The plot centers around the title character, played by newcomer and best actor nominee Ethan Slater, and all of his Bikini Bottom friends and foes as they face catastrophe. Audiences will be wowed upon entering the Palace Theatre — the intricate contraptions and colorful set design splash out into the house. There’s even a one-man-operated sound effects machine on stage. For more information and tickets, click HERE.
Olaf won’t melt this summer upon your visit to Frozen, which is nominated for three Tony Awards. But watching the captivating set transform into an ice castle on stage will help you cool off in the warm months. Disney’s biggest animated blockbuster of all time comes to life in this Broadway adaptation at the newly renovated St. James Theatre. The story, based on The Snow Queen, is a timeless tale about two sisters pulled apart by a mysterious secret as they both search for love. Broadway’s Caissie Levy (Les Misérables) and Patti Murin (Lysistrata Jones) play the two leading ladies, Elsa and Anna, respectively. Double EGOT winner Robert Lopez and his collaborator and wife, Kristen Anderson-Lopez, wrote the music and lyrics, direction is by Michael Grandage, and choreography is by Rob Ashford. For more information and tickets, click HERE.
Former star of NBC’s Smash and American Idol alum Katharine McPhee is currently headlining Waitress, nominated for four Tony Awards in 2016. The show, playing at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre, is based on the 2007 film that follows Jenna Hunterson, a pregnant waitress trapped in an abusive marriage and looking for a happy ending. The show made history for being the first with an all-female team in the four main creative positions. It is directed by Diana Paulus and written by Jessie Nelson, with music and lyrics by Sara Bareilles and choreography by Lorin Latarro. You’ll leave the theatre for an appetite for pie! For more information and tickets, click HERE.
Beautiful: The Carole King Musical
You’ll feel the earth move under your feet during this jukebox musical. The biographical show, playing at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre, is about the early life and career of singer/songwriter Carole King. It was nominated for seven Tony Awards in 2014; Jessie Mueller (Carousel), who originated King on stage, won for her performance. It’s now starring Supergirl’s Melissa Benoist in the lead role. The musical includes some of King’s most famous songs, including “One Fine Day” and “Will You Love Me Tomorrow.” For more information and tickets, click HERE.
Tap your troubles away in Agrabah, where you’ll be dazzled by the spectacle of Aladdin. The 1992 Disney animated film came to life on stage at the New Amsterdam Theatre. Nominated for five Tony Awards in 2014, it tells the story of a poor boy named Aladdin (Telly Leung) who’s granted three wishes by a genie (Major Attaway) in a magic lamp. Bring the whole family to enjoy famous tunes including “A Whole New World” and “Prince Ali,” with music by Alan Menken and lyrics by Tim Rice and Howard Ashman. Jonathan Freeman, who plays Jafar in this production, was also the voice of the villain in the movie. Casey Nicholaw directed and choreographed the production. For more information and tickets, click HERE.
Dear Evan Hansen
Ben Platt won best leading actor for playing Evan Hansen in his breakout role. The show, which opened on Broadway at the Music Box Theatre in 2016 and was nominated for nine Tony Awards, won six, including Best Musical The story centers around a letter Evan writes that was never meant to be seen by anyone but is found, and it leads him to tell a string of lies. The original story was written by Steven Levenson, with music and lyrics by the Oscar-winning duo Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (La La Land). Alex Lacamoire (Hamilton) wrote the orchestrations. Bring tissues. For more information and tickets, click HERE.