June 6, 2006

Boys Look Like Big Tony Contenders!

June 6th, 2006

Michael Kuchwara of the Associated Press asks if this will be a big Tony Award year for the Boys? It appears likely, particularly for The History Boys, Alan Bennett’s spirited examination of the joys of learning and the leading contender for best play. Then there are those lads from the Garden State, the Jersey Boys, telling the story of pop icons Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. It squares off most prominently against The Drowsy Chaperone in the best-musical category–one of the more competitive races for Broadway’s highest honor.

Jersey Boys, besides demonstrating potent box-office appeal, has redeemed the honor of the much-maligned jukebox musical, while The Drowsy Chaperone has surprised and entranced audiences, for one thing, by not being based on a movie, book, TV series, comic strip or pop-tune catalog.

But look for the most prominent of those Jersey Boys–John Lloyd Young, Broadway’s astounding Frankie Valli–to take home the prize.

Winners will be announced Sunday in a three-hour CBS telecast from Radio City Music Hall with no host but 60 different stars–including Julia Roberts and Oprah Winfrey–attempting to keep things moving. The traffic patterns could be interesting.

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