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See these Broadway shows nominated for Tony Awards in 2022

More than a dozen Tony-nominated shows are currently running.

Gillian Russo
Gillian Russo

The 2022 Tony nominations are here, recognizing the best and the brightest of the 2021-22 Broadway season. Lots of shows got to have their long-awaited, triumphant openings after being postponed by the pandemic, and many more fully new plays and musicals hit the Broadway stage for the first time. Multiple 2022 Tony nominees finished their runs in the fall, but with so many show openings this spring, there are still plenty of Tony-nominated Broadway shows you can catch on stage right now.

Now, before the 2022 Tony Awards ceremony on June 12, is the best time to get your seats, before these shows become Tony Award winners and become even hotter tickets. Here are all the Tony Award-nominated shows you can see on Broadway right now.

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A Strange Loop

With a host of Off-Broadway trophies and a Pulitzer Prize under its belt already, it's no wonder that A Strange Loop now leads the pack of Tony nominees with 11 nods. Michael R. Jackson wrote this musical about the process of writing this musical, swapping himself out for a main character named Usher. The young, Black, gay musical writer grapples with his own self-destructive thoughts as he tries to succeed in an unforgiving world. Among a A Strange Loop's nominations are Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical, Best Original Score, and three acting nominations: for Broadway newcomer Jaquel Spivey as Usher, and two of the Thoughts: L Morgan Lee (the first openly transgender performer to get a Tony nomination for acting) and John-Andrew Morrison.

MJ The Musical

Trailing Michael R. Jackson in nominations is, well, Michael Jackson. MJ The Musical, the bio-musical about the life and songs of the King of Pop, snagged 10, including Best Musical. Christopher Wheeldon was nominated for both Best Direction of a Musical and Best Choreography, becoming one of only a few people to receive multiple nominations this year. And Myles Frost, in his Broadway debut, got a Best Leading Actor nomination for transforming into Jackson as he rehearsed rigorously for his 1992 Dangerous World Tour.

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Paradise Square

With a 40-person ensemble and plenty of high-stepping dancing, Paradise Square brought a little slice of mega-musical paradise to Broadway and earned 10 Tony nominations for doing so. This show about the Irish immigrants and free Blacks that lived in harmony at a Lower Manhattan tavern in 1863, and the Draft Riots that threatened to tear their relationships apart, was nominated for Best Musical, Best Choreography, Best Book, Best Score, and more. Leading lady Joaquina Kalukango also got a nod for her fiery performance; the New York Theatre Guide review praised her voice as "an embarrassment of riches."


Phone rings, door chimes, in comes Company with nine 2022 Tony nominations! Tony-nominated director Marianne Elliott reimagined Stephen Sondheim's classic musical about a 35-year-old bachelor with a bachelorette instead, and she saw the rewards: The show got a Best Musical Revival nomination and lots of design nominations. Plus, Matt Doyle is nominated for Best Featured Actor, and two actresses are in the running for Best Featured Actress: two-time Tony winner Patti LuPone as Joanne (who previously won an Olivier Award for playing her role in Company in London) and Jennifer Simard as Sarah.


This "one of a kind, no category" musical got eight Tony nominations for bringing an infectious blend of pop and feminism to Broadway. This show reimagines Henry VIII's six wives as a pop girl group who are competing to be the lead singer. But right now, Six is competing to be Best Musical, a great feat for a musical written by two then-college students! Toby Marlow and Lucy Moss also got a nomination for Best Score, and Moss — one of the youngest female directors in Broadway history — jointly got a Best Direction nomination with Jamie Armitage.

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for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf

Ntozake Shange's for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf, a series of poems and dances about the Black female experience, was groundbreaking when it premiered in 1976. The seven 2022 Tony nominations for its first Broadway revival prove the show has stood the test of time. Director/choreographer Camille A. Brown got doubly nominated in both those categories, and she's also the first Black female director/choreographer on Broadway in nearly 70 years. for colored girls also got nominated for Best Play, and it's only running through May 22, so now's the time to catch it.

Girl From The North Country

Girl From The North Country has a tight connection to the Tony Award voters' hearts, as the show earned seven nominations. Conor McPherson got a nomination for directing, and for writing the original story that accompanies a lush score of Bob Dylan's music. The poignant Girl From The North Country — a Best Musical nominee — centers on the owners and patrons at a Duluth, Minnesota inn and the ways they change each other's lives when their paths cross in unexpected ways. Girl From The North Country is playing a limited run on Broadway through June 11.

The Music Man

Sound the seventy-six trombones to celebrate The Music Man's six Tony nominations in 2022! Stars Hugh Jackman and Sutton Foster got Best Lead Actor and Actress nods, respectively, and the show also got a Best Musical Revival nomination. The story of a con man whose plan to swindle an Iowa town gets complicated when he falls in love with the local librarian (who falls for him back) has been revived on Broadway more than once, but The Music Man's nominations show that the musical is timeless, especially with stars like Jackman and Foster leading the big parade.

The Skin of Our Teeth

The Skin of Our Teeth barreled onto Broadway with the force of a biblical flood, and this experimental, convention-breaking production earned six nods under the direction of Tony nominee Lileana Blain-Cruz. Thornton Wilder's Pulitzer Prize-winning play follows the Antrobus family as they persevere through an ice age, a flood, and a war over the course of many centuries — and in a testament to human endurance, they're still here. As the Antrobuses's maid Sabina, Gabby Beans earned a Best Leading Actress in a play nomination.


The Broadway bow of Hangmen looked like it was dead back in 2020, but it came back in 2022 and got five nominations. Oscar winner Martin McDonagh's dark comedy follows Britain's second-best hangman, Harry, who's running a pub now that hanging has been abolished. He has to deal with cub reporters and locals who want to hear his reaction — and Mooney, a mysterious Londoner with a different motive. Hangmen got a Best Play nomination, and David Threlfall (as Harry) and Game of Thrones star Alfie Allen (as Mooney) both got acting nods.

Mr. Saturday Night

Live from New York, it's Billy Crystal in Mr. Saturday Night! He got a Tony nomination for reprising his role as Buddy Young Jr. in the stage adaptation of his 1992 film, and the show itself rounds out the Best Musical nominees. Mr. Saturday Night sees Buddy decades past his prime, when he gets one sudden, final chance at fame and at rebuilding his strained relationships with his loved ones. See this show for some good old-fashioned musical comedy, featuring plenty of Crystal in his stand-up element.

American Buffalo

Oscar winner Sam Rockwell is adding more to his awards resume, as he just got a Tony nomination for starring in David Mamet's American Buffalo. He, Laurence Fishburne, and Darren Criss play three small-time hustlers who scheme to steal a buffalo nickel that Fishburne's character sold for less than it was worth. This third revival of the show got nominations for Best Play Revival and Best Direction of a Play, for Neil Pepe.

Take Me Out

Take Me Out hit a home run with its casting, as three of the stars in its roster got Best Featured Actor in a play nominations. Grey's Anatomy star Jesse Williams was nominated for playing Darren Lemming, a biracial Major League Baseball player who comes out as gay to the public. Modern Family star Jesse Tyler Ferguson was nominated for playing Darren's gay, supportive business manager Mason Marzac, a role that won Denis O'Hare a Tony nearly 20 years ago. And Michael Oberholtzer was nominated for playing Shane Mungitt, the team's new pitcher who doesn't take kindly to Darren's race or sexuality. On top of all that, Take Me Out got nominated for Best Play Revival, and the show is up to bat for the last time on June 11.

How I Learned to Drive

For driving onto Broadway 25 years after its Off-Broadway premiere, How I Learned to Drive (on Broadway through May 29) earned three Tony Award nominations. In addition to Best Play Revival, two-time Tony winner Mary-Louise Parker was nominated for playing a troubled woman named Li'l Bit looking back on memories of her uncle, and David Morse was nominated for playing Peck, Li'l Bit's uncle who molested her as a girl. The pair previously starred in the show off Broadway in 1997 and received accolades then, too.


In Macbeth, the witches come in threes, and so do Tony nominations. Passing and Loving star Ruth Negga was nominated for Best Leading Actress in a Play for playing Lady Macbeth opposite Daniel Craig's Macbeth, and the lighting and sound designers also snagged nominations. Sam Gold, who previously directed King Lear on Broadway with Glenda Jackson, is also at the helm of this latest revival of Shakespeare's famous tragedy about a power-hungry couple who go to murderous lengths to make a witches' prophecy come true.

POTUS: Or, Behind Every Great Dumbass are Seven Women Trying to Keep Him Alive

Broadway-debut playwright Selina Fillinger's farce POTUS got three Tony nominations and countless laughs this year. Two of the seven women mentioned in the title got nominated for Best Featured Actress: Saturday Night Live star Rachel Dratch as the POTUS's secretary and Tony Award winner Julie White as his chief of staff. The entire ensemble — which also includes Vanessa Williams, Lea DeLaria, Julianne Hough, Suzy Nakamura, and Lilli Cooper — is formidable, though, as the inner circle of a problematic president who have to clean up his messes and get into mayhem of their own.

Plaza Suite

Plaza Suite just got a costume design nomination this year, but that doesn't mean there isn't plenty more to love about Neil Simon's farce. You can see Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick — a real-life married couple — play three separate couples navigating relationship issues in a strikingly perfect rendition of the Plaza Hotel's Suite 719. Laughs abound as they play a long-married couple on the decline, two high school sweethearts clumsily rekindling their romance, and the frantic parents of a bride who's suddenly gotten cold feet.

The Minutes

The Minutes only got one nomination, but it's a big one: Best Play. And there's a stacked roster of talent to be seen on stage. Pulitzer Prize winner Tracy Letts wrote and starred in this show about long-hidden secrets that get revealed when a man asks the wrong questions at a small-town council meeting. The council also includes Schitt's Creek star Noah Reid, Waitress star Jessie Mueller, and Tony nominee Austin Pendleton.

Mrs. Doubtfire

Mrs. Doubtfire is a Tony Award nominee, poppets! Rob McClure got a Best Leading Actor nomination for taking on a role made famous by Robin Williams in 1993. In this kid-friendly musical comedy, he plays Daniel Hillard, an out-of-work actor and divorced dad who disguises himself as Mrs. Doubtfire, a nanny, in order to spend more time with his kids. This Tony-nominated show is a great one for the whole family to enjoy.

Funny Girl

Hello, gorgeous! Funny Girl is back on Broadway for the first time since Barbra Streisand, and Jared Grimes got a Best Featured Actor Tony nomination for playing tip-top tap dancer Eddie Ryan in the revival. But he's not the only greatest star you'll see on the Funny Girl stage: Catch Beanie Feldstein stepping into the shoes of Ziegfeld Follies showgirl Fanny Brice, alongside Ramin Karimloo as her gambling husband, Nick Arnstein, and Glee star Jane Lynch as her mother, Mrs. Rosie Brice.

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