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The Broadway Collection Exceeds Theatrical Expectations

May 13, 2017 Attraction No Comments Email Email

The freshman class of The Broadway Collection has collectively received 44 nominations in advance of the June 11 Antoinette (Tony) Perry Awards ceremony to be held at the iconic Radio City Music Hall; the nods are due to the innovative nature of the new productions and equally impressive quality of the historic revivals. Presented by the Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing, The Tony Awards are the most prestigious accolades in American theater. The Broadway Collection members are projected to sweep the awards, with potential wins including: Best New Musical, Best Revival of a Musical, Best Leading Actor in a Musical, Best Leading Actress in a Musical, Best Original Score, Best Direction and more at the 71st annual awards. 

Hello Dolly! starring Bette Midler has been nominated for 10 total Tony Awards, including the highly coveted Best: Revival of a Musical. Members of the cast are nominated in every possible performance category: Best Performance by both an Actress and Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical and Best Performance by both an Actress and Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical. On the creative side, those behind the magic of the musical have been nominated for Best: Direction, Orchestrations, Scenic Design, Costume Design and Lighting Design.

Josh Groban (L) and Benn Platt (R) Nominees for Best Leading Actor in a Musical, pictured together at “Meet the Nominees Press Junket”

The result of the efforts of all these talented individuals, both in front of and behind the curtain, are unprecedented. Availability is extremely limited and travelers should approach their travel provider far in advance to secure seats to this historic engagement. On May 3, the show announced it “had the best week in the history of the entire Shubert Organization, grossing $2,105,473 over seven performances.”

The Shubert organization is America’s oldest professional theatre company, owns the most Broadway theaters an and is behind the internationally recognized The Broadway Collection. Member musical, The Great Comet, is the most nominated of all current Broadway productions. Now playing in Broadway’s Imperial Theatre, which has been transformed to look and feel like a 19th century nightclub in Moscow, the award for best scenic design seems likely. Internationally acclaimed recording artist Josh Groban stars in the musical in his Broadway debut. With 12 nominations, the show is certain to be a hot ticket in the coming months, and travelers are encouraged to book in advance through a preferred travel provider. 

Another front-runner in the 2017 Tony Awards will be Dear Evan Hansen, with nine total nominations, including one for Best Musical.  Ben Platt is a favorite for Best Leading Actor in a Musical; international film lovers know Platt for his role in Pitch Perfect and Pitch Perfect II. Movie buffs around the globe will also be familiar with Benj Pasek & Justin Paul, who earned Dear Evan Hansen a Best Score nomination, after their Oscar win for Best Song in La La Land. Well suited to multigenerational travelers, families are encouraged to secure tickets now, prior to award announcements, after which availability will likely grow more limited.

Additional nods:

Along with the front runners, the following Broadway Collection members have been acknowledged. Anastasia is nominated for Best Costume Design and Best Featured Actress in a musical. Groundhog Day is up for Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical, and best original score, thanks to beloved Australian musician and lyricist, Tim Minchin. Miss Saigon has a chance at the coveted title of Best Revival of a Musical, and Eva Noblezada, who plays main character Kim, is in the running for Best Leading Actress in a Musical. Holiday Inn, by Roundabout Theater Company, picked up a nomination for Best Choreography, thanks to Denis Jones. Though Holiday Inn is no longer on Broadway, Roundabout Theater Company productions are all included in The Broadway Collection’s offerings.

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