The Jakarta Post
Following the 2017 Tony Awards ceremony that honored Broadway’s best and brightest, it can get a little hard keeping up with which shows are opening and which are closing and which will be making a home on the Great White Way for years to come. (Shutterstock/File)
Following the 2017 Tony Awards ceremony that honored Broadway’s best and brightest, it can get a little hard keeping up with which shows are opening and which are closing and which will be making a home on the Great White Way for years to come.
In case you’ve been having some trouble figuring out which shows to root for and which cast albums to download, here are four musicals that are some of this season’s most impactful.
Dear Evan Hansen
Recognition: 9 Tony Nominations
Dubbed the “new Hamilton” in terms of its popularity, Dear Evan Hansen tells the story of Evan, a high school senior with anxiety, as he finds himself caught up in a lie following the death of one of his classmates.
Dear Evan Hansen has been praised for speaking truthfully about mental illness, family, and death, and actor Ben Platt was recently named the youngest ever recipient of the Distinguished Performance Award by Drama League for his performance as Evan Hansen. The show is composed by Pasek and Paul, better known as the duo behind La La Land.
Recognition: 5 Tony Nominations
The only revival on the list, Falsettos is made up of the second and third parts of the “Marvin Trilogy”, three one-acts that follow Marvin, a man who left his wife and child for his male lover in the late 70s.
Falsettos asks “what will they do for love?” as Marvin tries to navigate his new family dynamic. The revival features an all-star cast of Christian Borle, Andrew Rannells, Stephanie J. Block, and Brandon Uranowitz, all of whom are nominated this year for their performances.
Come From Away
Recognition: 7 Tony Nominations
Described as a “big-hearted” take on 9/11, Come From Away follows the inhabitants of Gander, Newfoundland, a town of 10,000, and their experiences taking in the passengers of the 38 planes that landed unexpectedly on Sept. 11. Its original run in Washington DC was awarded Outstanding Musical at the Helen Hayes Awards.
With a minimalist set and a score filled with folk and country influence, Come From Away is widely considered to be this season’s most unexpected success.
Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812
Recognition: 12 Tony Nominations
Leading the pack for most nominations of the year, Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812 is based on Volume 2, Part 5 of Leo Tolstoy’s War and Peace and focuses on Natasha's relationship with Anatole, as well as Pierre's search for meaning in his life.
Great Comet has been praised for its diverse cast, as it currently features one of Broadway’s only South Asian actors, and will soon star both Denee Benton and Hamilton’s Okieriete Onaodowan in the titular role. (sul/kes)
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