It’s the biggest night of the year in the theater world – the Tony’s! The 2012 Tony nominees will be announced this year on May 1 by musical theater veteran Kristin Chenoweth and The Big Bang Theory’s Jim Parsons.
Last year, War Horse (the inspiration for the 2011 film) and the Book of Mormon took home the big prizes for best play and best musical, respectively.
This year, the front runners for best musical represent a wide range of shows, from the film adaptations, like “Newsies” (originally a mid-90’s musical starring Christian Bale that tanked at the box office, but has somehow managed to have an extremely successful post-cinema afterlife) and “Once”, the Academy Award winning movie about a couple who falls in love through music. Other contenders include “Nice Work If You Can Get It”, a Gershwin style 1920’s feel good musical starring Matthew Broderick and of course, “Spiderman: Turn off the Dark”, the one show that despite torments from the critics for its outrageous budget and number of on and off stage mishaps, has somehow managed to be quite a hit.
Best play frontrunners include Clybourne Park, a Pulitzer Prize winning play that examines two real estate transactions 50 years apart from one another and tackles issues such as racism. On a different end, there is “Peter and the Starcatcher”, a show somewhat reminiscent of Wicked in its spin on a classic story. In this show’s case, the story is how Peter Pan first met Captain Hook.
The 2012 Tony Awards are being broadcast on CBS on June 10 at 8 p.m.