A look at all the Broadway shows eligible for 2023 Tony Awards
The Tonys honor the best of Broadway theatre from the past year.
It's Tony Awards season once again. The 2023 Tony Awards ceremony will take place Sunday, June 11 at the United Palace, an entirely new venue for the awards. An hour of pre-show content, called The Tony Awards: Act One, will broadcast on Pluto TV at 7 p.m., followed by the main ceremony at 8 p.m., watchable on CBS and Paramount+.
Any show that opened between May 5, 2022 and April 27, 2023, with some exceptions, will be eligible for this year’s awards. This date range accommodates all shows that opened since last year's Tony Awards.
Nominees will be announced on May 2, 2023. The Tony Awards administration committee will meet in the spring to rule on which shows are eligible before nominations are announced. As such, the eligible shows listed below are subject to change, and this article will be updated as new rulings are made. Here’s a look at what we know so far about the contenders for this year’s Tony Awards.
What Broadway shows are eligible for 2023 Tony Awards?
There are 38 shows currently eligible for 2023 Tony Awards. There are 15 musicals and 23 plays, all of which opened between before April 27, 2023.
Here are all of the shows that are eligible for 2023 Tony Awards.
- Into the Woods — Opened July 10, 2022
- The Kite Runner — Opened July 21, 2022
- Leopoldstadt — Opened October 2, 2022
- Cost of Living — Opened October 3, 2022
- 1776 — Opened October 6, 2022
- Death of a Salesman — Opened October 9, 2022
- The Piano Lesson — Opened October 13, 2022
- Topdog/Underdog — Opened October 20, 2022
- Walking With Ghosts — Opened October 27, 2022
- Almost Famous — Opened November 3, 2022
- Kimberly Akimbo — Opened November 10, 2022
- Mike Birbiglia: The Old Man and the Pool — Opened November 13, 2022
- & Juliet — Opened November 17, 2022
- KPOP - Opened November 20, 2022
- A Christmas Carol — Opened November 20, 2022
- Ain't No Mo' — Opened December 1, 2022
- A Beautiful Noise, The Neil Diamond Musical — Opened December 4, 2022
- Ohio State Murders — Opened December 8, 2022
- Some Like It Hot — Opened December 11, 2022
- Between Riverside and Crazy — Opened December 19, 2022
- The Collaboration — Opened December 20, 2022
- Pictures From Home — Opened February 9, 2023
- A Doll's House — Opened March 9, 2023
- Parade — Opened March 16, 2023
- Bob Fosse's Dancin' — Opened March 19, 2023
- Bad Cinderella — Opened March 23, 2023
- Sweeney Todd — Opened March 26, 2023
- Life of Pi — Opened March 30, 2023
- Shucked — Opened April 4, 2023
- Fat Ham — Opened April 12, 2023
- Camelot — Opened April 13, 2023
- Peter Pan Goes Wrong — Opened April 19, 2023
- The Thanksgiving Play — Opened April 20, 2023
- Prima Facie — Opened April 23, 2023
- Good Night, Oscar — Opened April 24, 2023
- Summer, 1976 — Opened April 25, 2023
- New York, New York — Opened April 26, 2023
- The Sign in Sidney Brustein's Window - Opened April 27, 2023
What shows are eligible for Best Musical at the 2023 Tony Awards?
Nine new musicals opened during the 2022-2023 Broadway season. Two of the productions featured a score of existing popular music, with songs by the likes of Neil Diamond and contemporary pop stars. However, the remaining seven have fully original scores, so these will be eligible for the Best Score category as well. Here are the new musicals that are eligible for 2022 Tony Awards.
Cameron Crowe adapted his Oscar-winning screenplay from the hit Almost Famous movie into a Broadway musical. The show follows William Miller, an aspiring rock journalist who goes on tour with a band and gets swept up in the wild rock and roll scene of the 1970s.
The musical adaptation of David Lindsay-Abaire's play, with songs by Jeanine Tesori, transferred to Broadway in 2022 after a hit Off-Broadway premiere. The title character is a teenage girl with an aging condition that makes her look 70, and she's trying to fit in and find happiness with the limited time she has.
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This larger-than-life musical features 30 pop hits from the Backstreet Boys, Britney Spears, Bon Jovi, Katy Perry, and more. These modern tunes are set to a Shakespeare-era story that reimagines what would happen if Juliet didn't die at the end of Romeo and Juliet.
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Real-life stars from the Korean music world lead the KPOP musical, which pulls back the curtain on the highly competitive industry. The show is set at a concert, though, so there is plenty of high-energy choreography and original K-pop music by Helen Park and Max Vernon.
A Beautiful Noise, The Neil Diamond Musical
The story of globally bestselling musician Neil Diamond comes to life in A Beautiful Noise. One actor plays Diamond in the early, budding stages of his career, and another plays his older self, looking back on formative moments and all he's accomplished. The show is set to all his major hits, like "Sweet Caroline."
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Some Like It Hot
Some Like It Hot is adapted from the 1959 Marilyn Monroe film of the same name. Now set in the 1930s instead of the Roaring 20s, the show follows two jazz musicians who run away — undercover — with a traveling band to escape the mob, and look for love and themselves along the way.
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Andrew Lloyd Webber's latest musical, with a book by Oscar winner Emerald Fennell, puts a fresh twist on the classic fairytale. In Bad Cinderella, the title character is an outcast in a town that values looks over everything, and she learns inner beauty is most important of all.
New York, New York
Martin Scorsese's 1977 film of the same name is the loose basis for this new musical. The show features a completely new plotline about the rich variety of life in the city, with new songs by John Kander and Lin-Manuel Miranda joining existing Kander and Ebb hits, like "New York, New York."
This corny new show is, yes, about corn. Tony-winning Tootsie writer Robert Horn and country songwriters Shane McAnally and Brandy Clark penned an original musical about a small town put in peril by the loss of their cash crop. Hairspray director Jack O'Brien directs.
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What shows are eligible for Best Play at the 2023 Tony Awards?
A total of 18 plays, just under half the total shows eligible, are up for a nomination. Here are all the contenders for Best Play in 2023.
The Kite Runner
In the stage adaptation of Khaled Hosseini's bestselling novel, a man named Amir makes a dangerous journey back to his homeland of Afghanistan, which is war-torn and under Taliban rule, to make amends for a friendship he ruined decades before.
Six-time Tony-winning playwright Tom Stoppard returned to Broadway with Leopoldstadt, the story of a Jewish family in Vienna whose comfortable existence is rocked by the Holocaust. Though not autobiographical, the show is inspired by his own family history.
Cost of Living
Martyna Majok's Pulitzer-winning play made its Broadway debut in 2022 after premiering off Broadway in 2017. The show centers on two disabled people and their caretakers, who discover the different ways they all need care from each other.
Walking With Ghosts
Renowned stage and screen actor Gabriel Byrne adapted his memoir, Walking With Ghosts, into a stage show of the same name about his childhood in Ireland, his rise to fame, and the "ghosts" of past people and places that continue to shape him as he goes through life.
Mike Birbiglia: The Old Man and the Pool
The Old Man and the Pool is comedian Mike Birbiglia's second Broadway show after The New One. That show was about the milestone of becoming a dad, and this one is about a different milestone: "coming of middle age" and facing fears of life, death, and the YMCA pool.
A Christmas Carol
Jefferson Mays premiered his one-man version of A Christmas Carol on Broadway in 2022. He played every character in the classic Charles Dickens story of a miser who learns the meaning of Christmas, from Ebenezer Scrooge to all the ghosts to Tiny Tim and more.
Ain't No Mo'
Jordan E. Cooper wrote and starred in this satirical play about what would happen if almost all Black Americans took up an offer from the government to take a one-way trip to Africa. With Ain't No Mo', Cooper became the youngest Black American playwright in Broadway history at 27 years old.
Paul Bettany played Andy Warhol and Jeremy Pope played Jean-Michel Basquiat in Anthony McCarten's The Collaboration. The play focuses on their creative and personal partnership leading up to their infamous joint exhibit in the 1980s, imagining the conversations about art and life they had in the studio.
Pictures From Home
Nathan Lane, Danny Burstein, and Zoë Wanamaker star in this new play by Sharr White. Based on the same-named memoir by photographer Larry Sultan, Pictures From Home is about one of his most personal and unconventional projects: photographing and interviewing his parents, which uncovered the truth behind the family's perfect facade.
Good Night, Oscar
Sean Hayes stars in this new play as Oscar Levant, an actor and musician known for his singular and subversive wit. The play is set during his guest spot on the Jack Paar show, when he proves his comedy chops but sends the media censors into a frenzy.
Life of Pi
Yann Martel's bestselling 2001 novel, which became an Oscar-winning film in 2012, is now a play, adapted by Lolita Chakrabarti. Life of Pi centers on a teenage boy and four animals who are the sole survivors of a shipwreck, and fight to remain alive while stranded at sea. The stage adaptation premiered in London, where it won five Olivier Awards including Best New Play.
Peter Pan Goes Wrong
This funny fairytale spoof is a follow-up to the critically acclaimed The Play That Goes Wrong. As in that show, a theatre troupe tries to put on a show — this time J. M. Barrie's Peter Pan — and comedy ensues as they encounter mishaps at every turn. The show premieres on Broadway 10 years after its world premiere in London.
This Pulitzer Prize-winning play transferred to Broadway following a hit Off-Broadway run. In James Ijames's send-up of Hamlet, the tragedy becomes a comedy. Black, queer college student Juicy is tasked with avenging his father at a family barbecue, but he wonders whether violence is the only way.
Emmy Award winner Jodie Comer stars in this one-woman legal drama that played to rave reviews in London. Tessa, a brilliant defense lawyer who's skilled at exploiting her opponents' weaknesses, sees her profession from the other side after becoming a victim of a crime herself.
Laura Linney and Jessica Hecht star in this new play by Pulitzer Prize winner David Auburn. During one summer in Ohio, a free-spirited housewife and an eccentric artist develop an unlikely friendship that helps each other find true independence.
The Thanksgiving Play
Larissa FastHorse becomes the first female Native American Broadway playwright with The Thanksgiving Play. A troupe of amateur actors are tasked with putting on a culturally conscious Thanksgiving pageant for an elementary school, but with no Indigenous actors, a whole feast of issues arises.
What shows are eligible for Best Revival of a Musical at the 2023 Tony Awards?
Into the Woods was the first show of the 2022-2023 season to open, and it was the first of multiple musical revivals. Here are all the shows eligible for Best Revival of a Musical at the 2023 Tony Awards.
Into the Woods
The latest revival of Stephen Sondheim's Into the Woods, a fairytale mashup musical about what happens after happily ever after, began with a two-week Off-Broadway production at New York City Center. The show transferred to Broadway and extended multiple times, and its starry cast members included Sara Bareilles, Stephanie J. Block, Gavin Creel, and Patina Miller.
This 1969 Best Musical winner centers on the debates, feuds, and struggles of the Founding Fathers that led up to the Declaration of Independence being signed. In this revival, a cast of female, non-binary, and transgender performers played the historically white male characters.
Josh Groban and Annaleigh Ashford star in this Stephen Sondheim revival. They play Sweeney Todd and Mrs. Lovett, who team up on a murderous revenge plot in London. This is the first Sweeney Todd production since the Broadway premiere to feature the full 26-piece orchestra the show was written for.
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For this revival, Oscar winner Aaron Sorkin rewrote the book of the classic Lerner and Loewe musical. The fundamental story of Camelot remains the same, though: The show is based on the legends of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table, and sees Arthur choose between love and duty.
Bob Fosse's Dancin'
This dance revue celebrates the best of legendary nine-time Tony-winning choreographer Bob Fosse. Wayne Cilento, a dancer in the show's original 1978 production, directs this revival, keeping Fosse's iconic choreography intact with some modern updates that incorporate all kinds of dance styles.
Ben Platt and Micaela Diamond star in the first revival of this musical by Alfred Uhry (bookwriter) and Jason Robert Brown (composer/lyricist). The show won Tony Awards for Best Book and Best Score in 1999, and the 2023 production, with Platt and Diamond, first received critical acclaim for its premiere at New York City Center in 2022. The show is based on the true story of Leo Frank, who gets accused of a crime and becomes the target of anti-Semitism in 1913 Georgia.
What shows are eligible for Best Revival of a Play at the 2023 Tony Awards?
Five play revivals opened during the season. Here’s a look at the 2023 Best Revival of a Play contenders.
Death of a Salesman
Wendell Pierce and Sharon D Clarke starred in the sixth Broadway revival of Arthur Miller's play and the first with a Black cast as the Loman family. The show, which has won Best Play Revival multiple times in the past, centers on an aging salesman coming to terms with his life's failures, and how his decline affects his family.
The Piano Lesson
The first Broadway revival of August Wilson's The Piano Lesson starred Samuel L. Jackson, Danielle Brooks, and John David Washington as the members of a Depression-era family feuding over a family heirloom piano. Which is the best way to honor their family history, they debate: selling or keeping it?
Suzan-Lori Parks's Pulitzer-winning play had a 20th-anniversary Broadway revival in 2022. Corey Hawkins and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II starred as Lincoln and Booth, two brothers hustling to get by and in an epic power struggle with one another for survival.
Ohio State Murders
Audra McDonald starred in the Broadway premiere of Adrienne Kennedy's crime thriller. She played Suzanne Alexander, a writer who, when visiting her alma mater, faces the truth about a crime committed during her time at college. The show marked Kennedy's Broadway debut at 91 years old. Though the show had never before been on Broadway, the Tonys committee deemed Ohio State Murders eligible as a revival since it has been around since 1992 and produced extensively elsewhere.
Between Riverside and Crazy
Stephen Adly Guirgis's Pulitzer-winning play received its Broadway premiere with Second Stage Theater, which also mounted its last Off-Broadway production. Most of the Off-Broadway Between Riverside and Crazy cast returned for this iteration of the show, about down-and-outs looking for redemption and survival in a rent-controlled Manhattan apartment. Because the cast, director, and production remain the same from off Broadway, Between Riverside and Crazy is eligible as a revival despite not having appeared on Broadway before.
A Doll's House
Oscar winner Jessica Chastain stars in the latest revival of A Doll's House, directed by Jamie Lloyd. Pulitzer Prize finalist Amy Herzog adapts Henrik Ibsen's classic script about a 19th-century housewife who feels stifled in her marriage and longs to break free.
The Sign in Sidney Brustein's Window
Oscar Isaac (Star Wars, Scenes From a Marriage) and Rachel Brosnahan (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel) star in the first Broadway revival of Lorraine Hansberry’s drama in 50 years, following an Off-Broadway run earlier this year. They play Sidney and Iris Brustein, a couple with progressive yet impractical political ideals, which threaten the downfall of their marriage.
What Broadway shows are not eligible for 2023 Tony Awards?
No shows were designated ineligible in 2023. This list is regularly updated each year with the Broadway shows that will not be eligible for the Tony Awards as the eligibility committee makes these determinations.
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