The spring frenzy of Tony-hopeful openings is nearly over, because to be considered for a Tony Award, a Broadway show must open by April 25.
The 2019 Tony Awards show will be hosted by James Corden on June 9 — save the date if you’re one of those people who hosts a party and keeps score on the accuracy of your predictions.
In addition to the zillion shows I mentioned in my last roundup, here are two more of much interest that are about to open in time for consideration:
Stepping off Broadway but staying on 42nd Street, you’ll come to the Pershing Square Signature Center (480 W. 42nd St.), where three plays are about to start previews.
If you don’t already know this Frank Gehry venue with its multiple small, comfortable theaters (all with perfect sight-lines), pleasant, brightly-lighted lobby, cafe, and bookstore, you should get to know it.
Its policy of cheap tickets is an additional feature. Here’s what you’ll find there later this month:
And while we’re on the topic of remarkable theatrical venues, here’s the newest: the Shed, on 30th St. between 10th and 11th Avenues in the much-buzzed-about Hudson Yards neighborhood (firstname.lastname@example.org). The building is adjacent to the northern leg of the High Line, the elevated park with wonderful views that change with the seasons.
The Shed has commissioned Norma Jeane Baker of Troy, which opened Saturday (through May 19) and which is a combination of pop culture, drag, opera, and ancient Greek scholarship.
The show is about our culture’s obsession with female beauty, with the great soprano Renee Fleming singing the role of Helen and Ben Wishaw (recently of Mary Poppins Returns) in the role of Marilyn Monroe. Part sung, part spoken, it was written by poet and classics scholar Anne Carson and is helmed by Katie Mitchell, London’s powerhouse director.
Morrissey will play a Broadway house, the Lunt-Fontanne Theater (205 W. 46th St.), from May 2 to 11 in advance of his new album California Son.
After that, composer and multi-instrumentalist Yanni will take the stage from May 28 to June 2. The show will feature a live Q&A with the audience.