Tony Award fever has arrived in New York City and the Broadway world is buzzing with excitement and anticipation. Theatre lovers from across the country are counting down the hours to see live performances of record breaking shows such as Hamilton (the most Tony nominations, ever!) and Waitress (the first all-female creative team, #GirlPower!). Meanwhile, Broadway fans are attempting to get last minute tickets to catch this season’s shows before a Tony Award makes them even harder to see.
Named after a co-founder of the American Theatre Wing, the Tony Award is formally known as the Antoinette Perry Award, and is presented once a year by the Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing to recognize achievement in the past season of live Broadway Theatre, generally ranging from May to April. For some shows, a Tony win can change their entire trajectory and, thus, their fortunes.
In James Corden’s fantastic carpool karaoke with Lin-Manuel Miranda, creator of Hamilton (video below in case you missed it), Corden asked, “How are you feeling about the Tony Awards?” Miranda replied, “You know it’s funny, I had a show up for Tonys … In The Heights, which won, BUT, we were all unknown, the show was an unknown quantity, we knew we needed to win stuff in order to run. So I was really nervous. Hamilton is selling fine so I don’t feel that kind of pressure.”
Despite the pressure many shows might feel to win a Tony, or even just score a nomination, the Tony Awards remains an evening of celebration for fans and insiders. Millions of people from around the world tune-in to watch Broadway’s finest artists and we here at Jumpstart wish all of the nominees and performers a magical evening.
Now, as promised, the best carpool karaoke: