The Tonys are tonight, and, unlike many years, this one is chock full of worthy winners (particularly in the musical category).
To get you warmed up, here’s a short with nominee Tony Yazbeck singing “Lucky to be Me” on the streets of New York from On the Town, the great show by Bernstein, Comden, & Green. (How many sights can you recognize?)
Another nominee is On the Twentieth Century, a revival of the 1978 show, which is getting raves, and which features a role Kristin Chenoweth was born to play. (This show was also written by Betty Comden and Adolph Green, with a glorious score by the much-missed Cy Coleman.)
Also worth noting: Fun Home, based on the moving coming-of-age memoir written & drawn by Alison Bechdel. I loved the book but would not have predicted that it would translate effectively to the stage, much less a musical. It has, and features an extraordinary performance by Sydney Lucas as the young Alison.
Check her out in a NYTimes Tony preview:
(Another nominee is an even less likely book to stage transition, Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.)
The Times is the place to go for more info on the rundown on the broadcast of what is sometimes called “The Gay Superbowl.”
Happy Theater Sunday!