Click through to find out more about each production, including its principal cast and creative team, and how many Tony nods it earned. We've also linked in previous Playbill.com coverage.
Best Musical Nominations
Show: After Midnight
Nominations Earned: 7 for Best Musical, Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical (Adriane Lenox), Best Costume Design of a Musical (Isabel Toledo), Best Lighting Design of a Musical (Howell Binkley), Best Sound Design of a Musical (Peter Hylenski), Best Direction of a Musical (Warren Carlyle), Best Choreography (Warren Carlyle).
Theatre: Brooks Atkinson Theatre
Preview: Oct. 18, 2013
Opening: Nov. 3, 2013
Creators: Concept by Jack Viertel. Direction and choreography by Warren Carlyle.
Original Principal Cast: Fantasia Barrino as Special Guest Star, Adriane Lenox, Dulé Hill.
Synopsis: Here's how producers bill the production: "Jazz is a state of mind. It's a structure for innovation, forward momentum and freedom. The evocative new musical After Midnight will take the sexy, smoky glamour of the original Jazz Age and catapult it into a whole new era of heart-pounding, mind-blowing entertainment for modern Broadway audiences. Refracted through a contemporary lens, After Midnight will celebrate Duke Ellington's years at the Cotton Club using his original arrangements and performed by a world-class big band of 17 musicians hand-picked by living jazz legend, Wynton Marsalis. The timeless tunes set against a narrative of Langston Hughes poetry will provide an authentic backdrop for an array of cutting-edge performances by 25 sensational vocalists and dancers, including special guest stars, whose interpretations will shatter everything you think you know about music, nightlife and Broadway. Welcome to the new Jazz Age."
Read the Playbill magazine feature with Scott Sanders and Adriane Lenox. Watch Playbill Video's preview of After Midnight with Barrino:
Nominations Earned: 5 for Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical (Chad Beguelin), Best Original Score (music Alan Menken; lyrics Howard Ashman, Tim Rice and Chad Beguelin), Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical (James Monroe Iglehart) and Best Choreography (Casey Nicholaw).
Theatre: New Amsterdam Theatre
Preview: Feb. 26
Opening: March 20
Creators: Book by Chad Beguelin. Music by Alan Menken. Lyrics by Howard Ashman and Tim Rice. New lyrics by Chad Beguelin. Direction and choreography by Casey Nicholaw.
Original Principal Cast: Adam Jacobs as Aladdin, Jonathan Freeman as Jafar, James Monroe Iglehart as Genie, Courtney Reed as Jasmine, Brian Gonzales as Babkak, Brandon O'Neill as Kassim, Jonathan Schwartz as Omar, Clifton Davis as Sultan, Don Darryl Rivera as Iago.
Synopsis: Here's how the new musical is billed: "Aladdin, adapted from the Disney film and centuries-old folktales including 'One Thousand and One Nights' is brought to fresh theatrical life in this exuberant new musical. Aladdin's journey will sweep audiences into an exotic world of daring adventure, classic comedy and timeless romance. This new production features a full score, including the five cherished songs from the Academy Award winning soundtrack and more written especially for the stage."
Watch the cast of Aladdin in rehearsals:
Show: Beautiful: The Carole King Musical
Nominations Earned: 7 for Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical (Douglas McGrath), Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical (Jessie Mueller), Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical (Jarrod Spector), Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical (Anika Larsen), Best Sound Design of a Musical (Brian Ronan) and Best Orchestrations (Steve Sidwell).
Theatre: Stephen Sondheim Theatre
Preview: Nov. 21, 2013
Opening: Jan. 12
Creators: Book by Douglas McGrath. Music and lyrics by Barry Mann, Carole King, Cynthia Weil, Gerry Goffin. Direction by Marc Bruni. Choreography by Josh Prince.
Original Principal Cast: Jessie Mueller as Carole King, Jake Epstein as Gerry Goffin, Anika Larsen as Cynthia Weil, Jarrod Spector as Barry Mann, Jeb Brown as Don Kirshner and Liz Larsen as Genie Klein.
Synopsis: Here's how the creators bill the musical: "Long before she was Carole King, chart-topping music legend, she was Carol Klein, Brooklyn girl with passion and chutzpah. She fought her way into the record business as a teenager and, by the time she reached her twenties, had the husband of her dreams and a flourishing career writing hits for the biggest acts in rock 'n' roll. But it wasn't until her personal life began to crack that she finally managed to find her true voice. Beautiful tells the inspiring true story of King's remarkable rise to stardom, from being part of a hit songwriting team with her husband Gerry Goffin, to her relationship with fellow writers and best friends Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann, to becoming one of the most successful solo acts in popular music history. Along the way, she made more than beautiful music, she wrote the soundtrack to a generation."
Read the Playbill magazine feature about the songwriters behind Beautiful. Watch video from Beautiful's opening night:
Show: A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder
Nominations Earned: 10 for Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical (Robert L. Freedman), Best Original Score (music by Steven Lutvak; lyrics by Robert L. Freedman and Steven Lutvak), Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical (Jefferson Mays and Bryce Pinkham), Best Performacne by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical (Lauren Worsham), Best Scenic Design of a Musical (Alexander Dodge), Best Costume Design of a Muiscal (Linda Cho), Best Direction of a Musical (Darko Tresnjak) and Best Orchestrations (Jonathan Tunick).
Theatre: Walter Kerr Theatre
Preview: Oct. 22, 2013
Opening: Nov. 18, 2013
Creators: Music by Steven Lutvak. Book by Robert L. Freedman. Lyrics by Freedman and Lutvak. Direction by Darko Tresnjak. Choreography by Peggy Hickey.
Original Principal Cast: Jefferson Mays as The D'Ysquith Family, Bryce Pinkham as Monty Navarro, Lisa O'Hare as Sibella Hallward, Lauren Worsham as Phoebe D'Ysquith and Jane Carr as Miss Shingle.
Synopsis: Here's how the dark musical comedy is billed: "Monty Navarro (Pinkham) has just received some really great news from his late mother's lifelong friend Miss Shingle (Carr)! He's a long-lost member of a noble family and could become the next Earl of Highhurst. There are only eight minor issues, namely the other relatives who precede him in line for the title. So Monty does what any ambitious, highborn gentleman would do: he sets out to eliminate them one by one, all while juggling his mistress (O'Hare) (she’s after more than just love), his fiancée (Worsham) (she’s his cousin, but who’s keeping track?), plus the constant threat of landing behind bars! But it will all be worth it if he can slay his way into Highhurst Castle… and be done in time for tea. Each of the eight heirs perilously standing in the way of Monty's fortune are played by Tony Award-winner Jefferson Mays, in one of the most breathtaking, whiplash-inducing performances ever attempted on the American stage."
Read the Playbill magazine feature with Jefferson Mays, who talks about taking on eight roles in the show. Watch Playbill Video's preview of Gentleman's Guide:
Best Revival of a Musical Nominations
Show: Hedwig and the Angry Inch
Nominations Earned: 8 for Best Revival of a Musical, Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical (Neil Patrick Harris), Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical (Lena Hall), Best Scenic Design of a Musical (Julian Crouch), Best Costume Design of a Musical (Arianne Phillips), Best Lighting Design of a Musical (Kevin Adams), Best Sound Design of a Musical (Tim O'Heir) and Best Direction of a Musical (Michael Mayer).
Theatre: Belasco Theatre
Preview: March 29
Opening: April 22
Closing: Aug. 17
Creators: Book by John Cameron Mitchell. Music and lyrics by Stephen Trask. Direction by Michael Mayer. Musical staging by Spencer Liff.
Original Principal Cast: Neil Patrick Harris as Hedwig and Lena Hall as Yitzhak.
Synopsis: Hedwig and the Angry Inch is a rock musical about a fictional rock and roll band, the Angry Inch, fronted by Hedwig — an East German transgender singer.
Watch Playbill Video's interviews with the cast and creatives:
Show: Les Misérables
Nominations Earned: 3 for Best Revival of a Musical, Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical (Ramin Karimloo) and Best Sound Design of a Musical (Mick Potter).
Theatre: Imperial Theatre
Preview: March 1
Opening: March 23
Creators: Book by Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg. Lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer. Music by Claude-Michel Schönberg. Direction by Laurence Connor and James Powell. Musical staging by Michael Ashcroft and Geoffrey Garratt.
Original Principal Cast: Ramin Karimloo as Jean Valjean, Will Swenson as Javert, Caissie Levy as Fantine, Nikki M. James as Eponine, Andy Mientus as Marius, Samantha Hill as Cosette, Cliff Saunder as Thénardier, Keala Settle as Madame Thénardier and Kyle Scatliffe as Enjolras.
Synopsis: Les Misérables is based on the 19th-century novel by Victor Hugo. The story focuses on the character of Jean Valjean, the musical's protagonist who was imprisoned for stealing a loaf of bread — forever branded as prisoner number 24601 — escapes and creates a new life for himself in 1800s France. The Tony-winning score includes such classics as "I Dreamed a Dream," "On My Own," "Stars," "Bring Him Home," "Do You Hear the People Sing?," "One Day More," "Empty Chairs at Empty Tables," "Master Of The House" and more.
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Nominations Earned: 4 for Best Revival of a Musical, Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical (Sutton Foster), Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical (Joshua Henry) and Best Direction of a Musical (Leigh Silverman).
Theatre: American Airlines Theatre
Preview: March 28
Opening: April 20
Closing: Aug. 10
Creators: Book and lyrics by Brian Crawley. Music by Jeanine Tesori. Direction by Leigh Silverman. Choreography by Jeffrey Page.
Original Principal Cast: Sutton Foster as Violet, Colin Donnell as Monty, Alexander Gemignani as Father, Joshua Henry as Flick and Emerson Steele as Young Violet.
Synopsis: Violet, according to Roundabout Theatre Company, "tells the story of a young woman's quest for beauty amidst the image-obsessed landscape of the 1960s. Facially disfigured in a childhood accident, Violet (Foster) dreams of a miraculous transformation through the power of faith. Convinced that a televangelist in Oklahoma can heal her, she hops a Greyhound bus and starts the journey of a lifetime. Along the way, Violet forms unlikely friendships with her fellow riders, who teach her about beauty, love, courage and what it means to be an outsider."
Watch Playbill Video's coverage from Violet's press preview:
Best Play Nominations
Show: Act One
Nominations Earned: 5 for Best Play, Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play (Tony Shalhoub), Best Scenic Design of a Play (Beowulf Boritt), Best Costume Design of a Play (Jane Greenwood) and Best Sound Design of a Play (Dan Moses Schreier).
Theatre: Vivian Beaumont Theater
Preview: March 20
Opening: April 17
Closing: June 15
Creators: Written and directed by James Lapine from the autobiography by Moss Hart.
Original Principal Cast: Santino Fontana as Moss Hart, Bill Army as Eddie Chodorov, Steven Kaplan as Irving Gordon/Pianist, Laurel Casillo as Miss Hester Worsely/Ingenue/Roz/Mary, Will Brill as David Allen/Dore Schary/George, Chuck Cooper as Wally/Charles Gilpin/Max Siegel/Langston Hughes, Will LeBow as Augustus Pitou/Jed Harris/Slimowitz/Alexander Wolcott and Bob Ari as Ensemlbe.
Synopsis: Here's how LCT bills the work: “Act One, James Lapine's new play from the classic autobiography by Moss Hart, deemed one of the finest books about 20th-century American theatre, eloquently chronicles the playwright/director's impoverished childhood and his determined struggle to escape poverty and forge a career in the theatre. A path which led to his collaboration with George S. Kaufman and their first great success, Once In A Lifetime.”
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Show: All The Way
Nominations Earned: 2 for Best Play and Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play (Bryan Cranston).
Theatre: Neil Simon Theatre
Preview: Feb. 10
Opening: March 6
Closing: June 29
Creators: Written by Robert Schenkkan. Directed by Bill Rauch
Original Principal Cast: Bryan Cranston as President Lyndon Baines Johnson and Brandon J. Dirden as Martin Luther King, Jr. with Eric Lenox Abrams, Besty Aidem, J. Bernard Calloway, Rob Campbell, James Eckhouse and Peter Jay Fernandez.
Synopsis: Here's how it's billed: "1963. An assassin’s bullet catapults Lyndon Baines Johnson into the presidency. A Shakespearean figure of towering ambition and appetite, the charismatic, conflicted Texan hurls himself into Civil Rights legislation, throwing the country into turmoil. Alternately bullying and beguiling, he enacts major social programs, faces down opponents and wins the 1964 election in a landslide. But in faraway Vietnam, a troublesome conflict looms. In the Pulitzer Prize–winning playwright’s vivid dramatization of LBJ’s first year in office, means versus ends plays out on a broad stage canvas as politicians and civil rights leaders plot strategy and wage war."
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Show: Casa Valentina
Nominations Earned: 4 for Best Play and Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play (Reed Birney), Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play (Mare Winningham) and Best Costume Design of a Play (Rita Ryack).
Theatre: Samuel J. Friedman Theatre
Preview: April 1
Opening: April 23
Closing: June 29
Creators: Written by Harvey Fierstein. Directed by Joe Mantello.
Original Principal Cast: Reed Birney as Charlotte, John Cullum as Terry, Gabriel Ebert as Jonathan/Miranda, Lisa Emory as Eleanor, Tom McGowan as Bessie, Patrick Page as George/Valentina, Larry Pine as The Judge/Amy and Nick Westrate as Gloria..
Synopsis: According to producers, "Back in 1962, most men went to the Catskill Mountains to escape the summer heat, but others took the two-hour drive to escape something else entirely: being men," press notes state. "Nestled in the land of dirty dancing and borscht belt comedy sat an inconspicuous bungalow colony that catered to a very special clientele: heterosexual men whose favorite pastime was dressing and acting as women. It was paradise for these men — white-collar professionals with families — to spend their weekends discreetly and safely inhabiting their chosen female alter egos. But when faced with the opportunity to become an official organization, these 'self-made women' had to decide whether public recognition would help them gain a place in open society or spell their own personal disaster."
Playbill Video interviews the cast:
Show: Mothers and Sons
Nominations Earned: 2 for Best Play and Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play (Tyne Daly).
Theatre: John Golden Theatre
Preview: Feb. 23
Opening: March 24
Closing: June 8
Creators: Written by Terrence McNally. Directed by Sheryl Kaller.
Original Principal Cast: Tyne Daly as Katharine Gerard, Frederick Weller as Cal Porter, Bobby Steggert as Will Ogden and Grayson Taylor as Bud Ogden-Porter.
Synopsis: The play, according to press notes, "is a timely and provocative new play that explores our evolving understanding of family in today's world. At turns funny and powerful, Mothers and Sons follows a woman (Daly) who pays an unexpected visit to the New York apartment of her late son's ex-partner (Weller), who is now married to another man (Steggert) and has a young son. Challenged to face how society has changed around her, generations collide as she revisits the past and discovers a new connection she never expected."
Playbill Video interviews the cast and creatives:
Show: Outside Mullingar
Nominations Earned: 1 for Best Play.
Theatre: Samuel J. Friedman Theatre
Preview: Jan. 3
Opening: Jan. 23
Closing: March 16
Creators: Written by John Patrick Shanley. Direction by Doug Hughes.
Original Principal Cast: Brían F. O'Bryne as Anthony Reilly, Debra Messing as Rosemary Muldoon, Peter Maloney as Tony Reilly and Dearbhla Malloy as aoife Muldoon.
Synopsis: Tony winner O'Byrne and Emmy winner Messing, press notes state, "play Anthony and Rosemary, two introverted misfits straddling 40. Anthony has spent his entire life on a cattle farm in rural Ireland, a state of affairs that — due to his painful shyness — suits him well. Rosemary lives right next door, determined to have him, watching the years slip away. With Anthony’s father threatening to disinherit him and a land feud simmering between their families, Rosemary has every reason to fear romantic catastrophe. But then, in this very Irish story with a surprising depth of poetic passion, these yearning, eccentric souls fight their way towards solid ground and some kind of happiness. Their journey is heartbreaking, funny as hell, and ultimately deeply moving."
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Best Revival of a Play Nominations
Show: The Cripple of Inishmaan
Nominations Earned: 6 for Best Revival of a Play, Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play (Sarah Greene), Best Scenic Design of a Play (Christopher Oram), Best Lighting Design of a Play (Paule Constable), Best Sound Design of a Play (Alex Baranowski) and Best Direction of a Play (Michael Grandage).
Theatre: Cort Theatre
Preview: April 12
Opening: April 20
Closing: July 20
Creators: Written by Martin McDonagh. Directed by Michael Grandage.
Original Principal Cast: Daniel Radcliffe as Billy, Ingrid Craigie as Kate Osbourne, Pádraic Delaney as Babbybobby, Sarah Greene as Helen McCormick, Gillian Hanna as Eileen Osbourne, Gary Lilburn as Doctor, Conor ManNeill as Bartley McCormick and Pat Shortt as Johnnypateenmike.
Synopsis: According to producers, "Set on the remote island of Inishmaan off the west coast of Ireland, word arrives that a Hollywood film is being made on the neighboring island of Inishmore. The one person who wants to be in the film more than anybody is young Cripple Billy (Radcliffe), if only to break away from the bitter tedium of his daily life. Martin McDonagh's comic masterpiece examines an ordinary coming of age in extraordinary circumstances and confirms his position as one of the most original Irish voices to emerge in the second half of the twentieth century."
Playbill Video interviews the cast of The Cripple of Inishmaan:
Show: The Glass Menagerie
Nominations Earned: 7 for Best Revival of a Play, Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play (Cherry Jones), Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play (Brian J. Smith), Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play (Celia Keenan-Bolger), Best Scenic Design of a Play (Bob Crowley), Best Lighting Design of a Play (Natasha Katz) and Best Direction of a Play (John Tiffany).
Theatre: Booth Theatre
Preview: Sept. 5, 2013
Opening: Sept. 26, 2013
Closing: Feb. 23
Creators: Written by Tennessee Williams. Directed by John Tiffany. Movement by Steven Hoggett.
Original Principal Cast: Cherry Jones as Amanda, Zachary Quinto as Tom, Celia Keenan-Bolger as Laura and Brian J. Smith as The Gentleman Caller.
Synopsis: According to producers, "Amanda Wingfield (Jones) is a southern belle past her prime, living with two grown children in a small apartment in St. Louis. Amanda dreams of a better life for her shy and crippled daughter Laura (Keenan-Bolger), and so she pushes her son Tom (Quinto) to find a 'gentleman caller' for the girl. However, the arrival of the gentleman caller (Smith) sends shockwaves through the family, and causes cracks to form in the delicate fantasies that have kept them going. A beautiful play full of poetry and longing, The Glass Menagerie makes its triumphant return to Broadway in an exquisite and groundbreaking new production."
Meet the cast of The Glass Menagerie:
Show: A Raisin in the Sun
Nominations Earned: 5 for Best Revival of a Play, Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play (LaTanya Richardson Jackson), Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play (Sophie Okonedo and Anika Noni Rose) and Best Direction of a Play (Kenny Leon).
Theatre: Ethel Barrymore Theatre
Preview: March 8
Opening: April 3
Closing: June 15
Creators: Written by Lorraine Hansberry. Direction by Kenny Leon.
Original Principal Cast: Denzel Washington as Walter Lee Younger, LaTanya Richardson Jackson as Lena Younger, Sophie Okonedo as Ruth Younger, Anika Noni Rose as Beneatha Younger, Stephen Tyrone Williams as Joseph Asagai, Jason Dirden as George Murchison, Stephen McKinley Henderson as Bobo, David Cromer as Karl Lindner and Bryce Clyde Jenkins as Travis Younger.
Synopsis: Here's how producer Scott Rudin bills the work: "Set on Chicago's South Side, A Raisin in the Sun revolves around the divergent dreams and conflicts within three generations of the Younger family: son Walter Lee (Washington), his wife Ruth (Okonedo), his sister Beneatha (Rose), his son Travis and matriarch Lena, called Mama (Carroll). When her deceased husband's money comes through, Mama dreams of moving to a new home and a better neighborhood in Chicago. Walter Lee, a chauffeur, has other plans: buying a liquor store and being his own man. Beneatha dreams of medical school. The tensions and prejudice they face form this seminal American drama."
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Show: Twelfth Night
Nominations Earned: 7 for Best Revival of a Play, Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play (Samuel Barnett), Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play (Paul Chahidi, Stephen Fry and Mark Rylance), Best Costume Design of a Play (Jenny Tiramani) and Best Direction of a Play (Tim Carroll).
Theatre: Belasco Theatre
Preview: Oct. 15, 2013
Opening: Nov. 10, 2013
Closing: Feb. 16
Creators: Written by William Shakespeare. Directed by Tim Carroll.
Original Principal Cast: Mark Rylance, Stephen Fry, Samuel Barnett, Liam Brennan, Paul Chahidi, John Paul Connolly, Peter Hamilton Dyer, Colin Hurley, Jethro Skinner, Angus Wright, Terry McGinity, Kurt Egyiawan, Matt Harrington, Matthew Schechter, Hayden Signoretti, Joseph Timms, Dominic Brewer, Dylan Clark Marshall and Tony Ward.
Synopsis: Here's how Twelfth Night is billed: "While the lovelorn Duke Orsino plots to win the heart of the mourning Olivia, an alliance of servants and hangers-on scheme against the high handedness of Olivia’s steward, the pompous Malvolio. When Orsino engages the cross-dressed Viola, who has disguised herself as a young man under the name Cesario, to plead with Olivia on his behalf, a bittersweet and hilarious chain of events follows." Here are production photos from Richard III/Twelfth Night.