The Top 5 Tony-Nominated Shows to See Now with the Family

Tony Awards Sunday is fast approaching! Broadway’s grandest night happens at Radio City Music Hall on Sunday, June 9, with the festivities broadcast on CBS starting at 8:00 p.m. ET, and hosted by none other than Tony Winner and late night TV star James Corden. (We’re not promising anything, but there will most likely be a Carpool Karaoke involving your favorite Broadway stars.) Why not take in a show now before it all happens to see what all the buzz is about? Here are five shows up for various awards that are fun for the whole family.

Beetlejuice
8 Tony nominations, including Best Musical
Recommended for ages 10 and up
A relatively late entry to the Broadway season, this high-energy musical snagged an impressive number of nods, including Best Actor (Alex Brightman) and the big one, Best Musical, of course. Based on the beloved film, it’s the story of a goth girl who moves to a small-town house haunted by the couple who used to live there. The dead duo wants back in. And if you say the show’s title three times, a crazed demon appears, and he’s only willing to lend a hand. We would chiefly recommend this show for families with teens, who will love the show’s irreverent humor and stage mischief. Adults will eat it up because they howled at the movie. And who doesn’t smile at a good Harry Belafonte tune?

King Kong
3 Tony nominations, including Best Scenic Design
Recommended for ages 8 and up
One of the most spectacular entries in this season’s Broadway field, this mega-musical tells the tale adults will remember well from the classic film: A young actress comes to New York City just as the Empire State Building has been completed. The city is in chaos, and the Great Depression has taken hold. Soon, she is whisked away by a film director to Skull Island, where they discover Kong, a massive ape. Should she help bring him back to the big city, where can be put on display? And what’s this sense of affection she feels for the beast? Kids will go crazy for Kong, a tremendous puppet maneuvered by 10 puppeteers and suspended by a 17-ton crane above the stage.

The Prom
7 Tony nominations, including Best Musical
Recommended for ages 8 and up
In a small Midwestern town, a young high school student wants to bring her girlfriend to the prom. When the school’s head honchos say “no way,” a group of Broadway stars head to town to make everyone see that love leads the way…as long as they don’t block one another’s spotlight. New York Magazine calls it “a smart, big-hearted musical.” And that’s why the whole family will enjoy the show. It’s got a sly, socially conscious message that both young and old can relate to, and above all, it’s funny. No wonder Billboard dubbed it “Hairspray meets Dear Evan Hansen.

To Kill a Mockingbird
9 Tony nominations, including Best Actor in  Leading Role in a Play for Jeff Daniels
Recommended for ages 12 and up
Based on the perennial bestselling novel by Harper Lee, this new Broadway adaptation comes from the pen of none other than Academy Award winner Aaron Sorkin (The West Wing). Set in Alabama in the 1930s, it’s the complicated story of a young girl named Scout, who watches her world turn upside down as her lawyer father, Atticus Finch, defends a black man accused of a terrible crime against a young white woman. With its mix of childhood innocence and real-world pain, the book has been read by almost every student in America. And that’s why slightly older kids and their parents will want to see it portrayed onstage. In a brilliant coup, the children in the production are played by actors many years older than their characters – and believably so.

Tootsie
11 Tony nominations, including Best Musical
Recommended for ages 10 and up
Brilliantly updated from the film of the same name, this new musical is the story of Michael Dorsey, an actor who will do anything to get the part…even if it means becoming Dorothy Michaels. Tony nominee Santino Fontana stars (the younger and older set alike will know him from the popular TV series Crazy Ex-Girlfriend). And aside from its slew of Tony nominations, it’s earned some pretty mighty raves. Rolling Stone says Fontana’s star turn is “one of the best performances ever seen on a musical stage.” And The Washington Post raves that this is “the winner Broadway has been waiting for.” Now that’s an act the whole family can enjoy.

 

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