The nominees will be at Radio City Music Hall on Sunday, June 9, for the Tony Awards. But we couldn’t wait that long. So on May 6, Times Events (#timesevents) gathered representatives of nominated shows at the Times Center to sing songs and tell stories. We hope you enjoy the performances as much as we did.
The cher show
Stephanie J. Block Sings ‘The Way of Love’
“Hadestown,” a new musical retelling of the Orpheus and Eurydice myth, is nominated for 14 Tony Awards — the most of any show this season. Amber Gray, a downtown theater artist who has been with the show since 2014, is nominated for playing Persephone, the Greek goddess who spends half of each year above ground, and half down below with her husband, Hades.
Brooks Ashmanskas Sings ‘Barry Is Going to Prom’
“The Prom,” about a group of narcissistic New York actors who decide to try to help an Indiana teenager overcome local opposition to her bringing a girlfriend to the school prom, has been nominated for seven Tony Awards, including best new musical. Brooks Ashmanskas is nominated for playing one of those actors, Barry Glickman, who in this song shares his unbridled excitement about finally getting to attend the big high school dance. His first nomination was for “Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me.”
“Tootsie,” adapted from the 1982 film comedy about an actor who pretends to be a woman in an effort to find work, is nominated for 11 Tony Awards, including best new musical. Here, Sarah Stiles, nominated for portraying the actress Sandy Lester, sings about her frustration as she anticipates another unsuccessful audition. Ms. Stiles was previously nominated in 2015 for “Hand to God.”
Mary Testa Sings ‘Out of My Dreams’
“Oklahoma!,” of course, is a musical theater classic, but the current revival offers a different, and darker, take on the 1943 show. The new version has been nominated for 8 Tony Awards; among the nominees is Mary Testa, for her portrayal of Aunt Eller. Ms. Testa has been nominated twice before, for “On the Town” and “42nd Street.”
The jukebox musical “Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of the Temptations” tells the story of one of Motown’s most successful groups, and has been nominated for 12 Tony Awards, including best new musical. Rashidra Scott has a small part in the show as Josephine, the neglected wife of Otis Williams, but she makes the most of it, singing a small portion of this song. For our concert, we asked her to deliver the full number; she is accompanied by much of the show’s ensemble.
Be more chill
George Salazar Sings ‘Michael in the Bathroom’
“Be More Chill,” a sci-fi musical adapted from a young adult novel, is the first show propelled to Broadway by the intensity of its online fan base, and much of that was fueled by this poignant number sung by George Salazar portraying a teenager who feels so isolated at a Halloween party that he shuts himself in a bathroom. Joe Iconis, who wrote the music and lyrics, is nominated for a Tony for best original score.
Videos produced by Ben Cawiezell and Dave Horn. The concert was produced by Elizabeth Weinstein of New York Times Subscriber Events, introduced by Scott Heller, and hosted by Michael Paulson. You can watch the full event here.