For a tepid year with no blockbusters among the 35 Broadway shows, the Tony Award Nominations list only inspires me to think of seeing two shows/plays that I've yet to see: Angela Lansbury in Deuce (up for best performance by a leading actress in a play) and Tom Stoppard's Coast of Utopia, a three-part trilogy in 8 1/2 hours, up for Best Play.
Grey Gardens is up for Best Musical and Journey's End is up for Best Revival of a Play. I've written about Grey Gardens but not about Journey's End which my husband especially enjoyed. It is set in the trenches of WWI and seems very apropos with an unpopular war raging at the moment.
Friends up to visit recently have gone to see Mary Poppins. Disney on Broadway is becoming quite a machine to contend with... The Little Mermaid is the next show up and previous Disney releases include Tarzan, Beauty and the Beast and The Lion King. When 80 percent of Broadway shows not recouping their investments, perhaps the Disney machine will recycle old stories on a new stage and we will reimagine Broadway as a continuum of the Disney story machines.
Also coming next season: Grease and Young Frankenstein. My top recommend is still Wicked.
The Off Broadway Lucille Lortel nominations are out if you want to check for more theatre ideas.
Also, American Idol Winner Fantasia is making her Broadway debut in The Color Purple.