Richard Phibbs / Of Mice and Men
Matthew Murphy / Casa Valentina
Evgenia Eliseeva / All the Way
Brigitte Lacombe / A Raisin in the Sun
Joan Marcus / Act One
Johan Persson / The Cripple of Inishmaan
Which Broadway Play Should You See This Season?
If you like writing, New York City, and stories about achieving your dreams, you should see Act One! It's a show about a boy who aspires to become a playwright, and Tony Shalhoub and Santino Fontana will keep you entertained for a solid two hours. You'll get a little insight into what it takes to bring a play to Broadway, and you'll laugh along the way too. Act One has received five Tony nominations, including Best Play.
Set in Chicago’s South Side in the 1950s, this story follows the Younger family and their struggle to achieve their dreams in a time of poverty. Walter Lee, Denzel Washington’s character, is desperate to own his own liquor store, and when the money from his deceased father comes through, he seeks to build the business of his dreams. The entire cast is incredible and you will be beyond impressed with their acting chops. This show has received five Tony nominations, including Best Revival of a Play.
If you like dark comedies, Irish accents, and offensive jokes, you should see this show! Daniel Radcliffe plays Billy Claven, a young Irish boy who lives with a disability. A film is being made on the neighboring island, and Billy makes it his mission to be cast in the movie. He sees this as his opportunity to escape his bleak life and find a way to America, a land he views as tolerant. The play as a whole is about how his decision to try to leave affects the community. This show has received six Tony nominations, including Best Revival of a Play.
If you like powerful plays about social movements and identity crises, you should see Casa Valentina! Set in 1962, this show is about heterosexual men who drive to the Catskill Mountains to escape their lives to dress and act like women. These men would spend their weekends discreetly inhabiting their chosen female alter egos, but when they got the opportunity to share their secret lives with the world, these “self-made women” had to decide whether the freedom they would gain by emerging from hiding was worth the risk of personal ruin. This show has received four Tony nominations, including Best Play.
If you like history, politics, and Breaking Bad's Bryan Cranston, you should see All the Way! The story follows President LBJ and the untold story of his role in the civil rights movement. Cranston is unbelievably brilliant, and you’ll walk away with a new appreciation for theater. This show has received two Tony nominations, including Best Play.
If you like James Franco, Chris O'Dowd, and book-to-play adaptations, you should see Of Mice and Men! Based on John Steinbeck’s novel of the same name, this story follows George and Lennie, migrant ranch workers who move from place to place in search of job opportunities during the Great Depression. Chris O'Dowd delivers one hell of a performance and you'll definitely walk away with a new respect for these comedic actors. This show has received two Tony nominations, including Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play.
Make sure to catch the 2014 Tony Awards on Sunday, June 8, at 8 p.m. on CBS!
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