An extravaganza celebrating the magic of the theatre, the 65th Annual Tony Awards will be hosted by Neil Patrick Harris on CBS at 8:00 p.m. ET/7:00 p.m. CT.
The awards show will feature live performances of some of the nominated musicals and plays. Some of these musicals include the joy-inspiring Sister Act, the cheeky Cole Porter classic, Anything Goes, and the revived version of How To Succeed In Business Without Trying starring Daniel Radcliffe of Harry Potter fame. For all the latest info on the Tony Awards, including nominations, news, and even Mark Sanchez’s predictions, visit our friends at CBS New York.
If you aren’t acquainted with these musicals (or the Tony Awards), we’ve made a list of Eleven Musical Highlights From The 2011 Tony Award Nominees.
The Book of Mormon- Nominated for 14 Tonys including Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical, and Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre
Written by the creators of South Park and the co-composer/lyricist of Avenue Q, The Book Of Mormon is about a pair of odd couple Mormon lads who are sent on a Mormon mission far from home. Hilarity ensues.
Catch Me If You Can–Nominated for 4 Tonys including Best Musical and Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical.
You might have seen the movie version of this amazing true story of Frank Abagnale, Jr., a con artist in the ’60s who passes himself off as numerous professions before he is even of legal drinking age.
The Scottsboro Boys-Nominated for 12 Tonys including Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical, and Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre.
In the 1930s, the Scottsboro Boys were nine African-American men unfairly accused of attacking two white women in Alabama, convicted by an all-white jury and serving time in jail despite innocence.
Sister Act–Nominated for 5 Tonys including Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical, and Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre
Based on the movie of the same name, feisty Deloris witnesses a crime, is hidden in a convent,and teaches the sisters to “raise their voice,” while subsequently finding her own.
Woman On The Verge Of Having A Nervous Breakdown-Nominated for 3 Tonys including Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written For The Theatre and Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical
Based on the Pedro Almodovar film of the same name, A group of women in Madrid lead intertwining romantic lives. The audience witnesses 48 hours with them, where, of course, drama happens.
Anything Goes–Nominated for 9 Tonys including Best Revival Of A Musical, Best Choreography, and Best Direction of a Musical
A classic Cole Porter musical, Anything Goes is about a fancy cruise ship going out to sea and love happening while surrounded by sailors and sin.
How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying-Nominated for 8 Tony Awards including: Best Revival of a Musical, Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical and Best Direction of a Musical
Starring Harry Potter‘s Daniel Radcliffe, this classic musicals tells the story of a small time mailroom clerk and his rise to be the Vice President of Advertising at the World-Wide Wicket Company.
Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson–Nominated for 2 Tony Awards: Best Book of a Musical and Best Scenic Design of a Musical
A rock musical that is an amalgamation of actual history and fantasy, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson tells the story of the seventh president of the United States.
Priscilla Queen of The Desert–Nominated for 2 Tony Awards:Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical and Best Costume Design of a Musical
Produced by Bette Midler, three glamorous individuals convert a bus into a disco caravan, name it Priscilla, drive around the Australian outback, inspiring pathos and partying.
Baby It’s You–Nominated for 1 Tony Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical
A musical about Florence Greenberg, the woman discovered The Shirelles and created Scepter Records, becoming the music industry’s first female powerhouse. The show features doo-wop, pop and rock ‘n’ roll classics.
The People In The Picture –Nominated for 1 Tony Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical
A story about a once glamorous actress in the “old country,” Yiddish theater queen,Bubbie, is now living in New York City and struggling to convey the majesty of her past to the newer generations.