The Top 5 Tony-Winning Shows to Book Now

The 2019 Tony Awards have come and gone, and many shows of the 2018-2019 Broadway season have now been bestowed with the most distinguished honor in the world of American theater. Now that the Tonys have been awarded, it’s high time for you to see what all the hype is about. We’ve rounded up a list of our five favorite Tony Award-winning shows that you shouldn’t wait to book if you want to catch Broadway’s best and brightest this summer.

Ain’t Too Proud
Ain’t Too Proud (officially titled Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of The Temptations) is the latest in a line of jukebox musicals that follow the lives and careers of hitmakers. Ain’t Too Proud chronicles the history of The Temptations, which many consider to be the greatest R&B vocal group ever. Featuring some of The Temptations’ greatest hits, including “My Girl,” “The Way You Do the Things You Do,” “Get Ready,” “Since I Lost My Baby” and “Don’t Look Back,” Ain’t Too Proud received the Tony Award for Best Choreography, which was given to choreographer Sergio Trujillo.

Anaïs Mitchell’s Hadestown was the biggest winner of this year’s Tony Awards. The show won 8 of their whopping 14 nominations. Based on Mitchell’s concept album of the same name, Hadestown is a modern-day retelling of the Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice that sets the tale of the divinely doomed lovers in a Great Depression-era, post-apocalyptic setting. At the Tonys, the musical won Best Musical, Best Original Score for Mitchell, Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical for André De Shields as Hermes, Best Scenic Design of a Musical for Rachel Hauck, Best Lighting Design of a Musical for Bradley King, Best Sound Design of a Musical for Nevin Steinberg and Jessica Paz, Best Direction of a Musical for Rachel Chavkin and Best Orchestrations for Michael Chorney and Todd Sickafoose. Hadestown is also unique and groundbreaking in that it is the only Best Musical recipient ever to have an all-female writing and directing team.

Oh, what a beautiful Tonys night for Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Oklahoma! Considered to be the first “book musical,” Oklahoma! was the show that, 75 years ago, combined dialogue, music and lyrics together to tell an integrated story with real character motivation and human emotion. This Oklahoma! is an even more authentic, immersive experience than the beloved original. The costumes have been modernized, and the score has been reworked to reflect the modern influence of rock and country genres. Additionally, cornbread and chili are served to audience members at intermission. Oklahoma! garnered two wins at the Tonys: Best Revival of a Musical and Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical for Ali Stroker as Ado Annie Carnes, who is the first actress who uses a wheelchair to win a Tony Award.

The Cher Show
The beat will definitely still go on for The Cher Show. This jukebox musical follows the life of Cher, the girl who went from being a social outcast in childhood to the Goddess of Pop. Taking a cue from last season’s Summer: The Donna Summer Musical, The Cher Show features three actresses in the title role of Cher, each representing her at different points in her life. With a score that includes some of Cher’s most popular songs, such as “If I Could Turn Back Time,” “Believe,” “I Got You Babe,” “The Beat Goes On” and “Gypsys, Tramps & Thieves,” The Cher Show was honored with two awards at this year’s ceremony. Stephanie J. Block won her first Tony, the award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical, for her performance as Star, the oldest of the trio of Chers. Bob Mackie, Cher’s original costume designer, won the Tony for Best Costume Design of a Musical.

Tootsie proved itself to be unstoppable at this year’s Tony Awards. Based on the 1982 film of the same name, which starred Dustin Hoffman, Tootsie is the story of Michael Dorsey, a talented actor who is so hard to work with that he decides to assume a female persona, Dorothy Michaels, in order to stay in the business. Dorsey (in disguise as Michaels) ends up vying for the coveted role of the Nurse in Juliet’s Curse, a Broadway musical serving as a sequel to Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. With a score by David Yazbek (whose musical The Band’s Visit swept the Tonys last year), Tootsie ended the night with two awards: Best Book of a Musical for Robert Horn, and Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical for Santino Fontana, who plays both Michael and Dorothy.

By Mikey Miller

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