PLAYBILL POLL: What Performances Are You Most Looking Forward to at The 2014 Tony Awards? Readers Respond

Tony Awards   PLAYBILL POLL: What Performances Are You Most Looking Forward to at The 2014 Tony Awards? Readers Respond
The 68th Annual Tony Awards, hosted by Hugh Jackman, will air on CBS June 8. We recently shared some of our favorite Tony Award performances from previous broadcasts. Watching these videos made us wonder: What performances are our readers most excited to watch this year?

Hugh Jackman
Hugh Jackman Photo by Joseph Marzullo/WENN polled our readers via Facebook and Twitter. Their responses follow:

Zach Braff and Marin Mazzie
Photo by Paul Kolnik

Nathan Bottorff: Bullets Over Broadway!!!

Based on the award-winning Woody Allen film of the same name, Bullets Over Broadway opened April 10 starring Zach Braff, Nick Cordero, Marin Mazzie and Brooks Ashmanskas. The show received six 2014 Tony Award nominations, including Best Choreography for Susan Stroman and Best Book of a Musical for Woody Allen.

James Monroe Iglehart
Photo by Cylla von Tiedemann

Skylar Phillips: James Monroe Iglehart!

Jeremy Swartz: Aladdin

Chris Manikowski: I wanna see the Aladdin cast cuz I'm going to see the show in 3 weeks!!

Alyssa Goldman: Aladdin with James Monroe Iglehart!

Nathan Hinds: Aladdin... I've got a feeling it's going to be Friend Like Me and James Monroe Iglehart is going to nail it.

Joshua D. Hamness: Aladdin! So I can give them a standing ovation in my living room like I gave in the theatre!

A musical adaptation of the 1992 animated film of the same title, Aladdin is the fifth Disney Theatrical Productions musical to be Tony-nominated for Best Musical. It received four other Tony nominations, including Best Original Score and Best Featured Actor for James Monroe Inglehart.

Skylar Phillips: Jessie Mueller!

J.R. Rodriguez: BEEEEEEEAAAAAAA-utiful!!!!

Alyssa Goldman: Beautiful with Jessie Mueller!

Jeffrey Karasarides: Jessie Mueller!

Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, based on the life and music of the award-winning singer-songwriter, received seven Tony Award nominations, including Best Musical, Best Actress for Jessie Mueller, Best Featured Actress for Anika Larsen and Best Featured Actor for Jarrod Spector. Check out this video of Carole King surprising the cast of Beautiful after their April 9 performance.

Lena Hall and Neil Patrick Harris
Photo by Joan Marcus

Valerie Godowsky: Hedwig and the Angry Inch!! I can't wait to see NPH and Lena Hall perform and finally see why they deserve all the rave reviews they're getting!

Frank Equality Schierloh: NPH as Hedwig!!

Alfre Bichir: NPH!!!

Andrew Belinfante: NPH!

Margaret Daisy Rose: One word: Hedwig.

Hedwig and the Angry Inch opened Off-Broadway in 1998 and was revived on Broadway in 2014 starring Neil Patrick Harris in the title role and Lena Hall. Both Harris and Hall received Tony nominations, and the musical was nominated for Best Revival; in total, the critically acclaimed production earned eight Tony nominations.

Christine Dwyer
Photo by Joan Marcus

Tally Russell: I'm anxious to see what they do to honor Wicked's 10 years anniversary!

Kimmy Ortiz: Wicked 's 10th anniversary performance! Can't wait!

Renee Rochelle: Wicked!

Gigi Potter: Wicked 's special performance!!! I still can't believe I'll actually be in the audience this year!!!

The 2013-14 Broadway season saw the Tony-winning musical Wicked celebrate its 10th anniversary on the Great White Way; at that time Lindsay Mendez and Ali Mauzey starred as Elphaba and Glinda, respectively. A special "greenified" Playbill was printed to commemorate this milestone anniversary. 

Idina Menzel
Photo by Joan Marcus

Shannon Sigafoos: Idina's performance! Wish that the whole If/Then cast could perform.

Sarah Coradi: Most definitely Idina Menzel's performance, wouldn't miss that for the world

Cesar Velazquez: Idina Menzel, If/Then

Miranda Palumbo: Idina Menzel for sure!

Lynn Dillon: Idina of course!!

Nick Cassin: Idina!! Can't wait to hear a number from If/Then

Judy Abramson Felgoise: Definitely Idina!

Sarah Sharpe: If/Then!!!

If/Then opened on Broadway March 30, 2014, starring Tony winner Idina Menzel, Anthony Rapp, Tony winner LaChanze and Jerry Dixon. Menzel received her third Tony nomination for her performance as Elizabeth, and Tony and Pulitzer Prize winners Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey received their second nomination for Best Original Score.

Ramin Karimloo
Photo by Matthew Murphy

Shannon Sigafoos: The cast of Les Miserables. Thrilled to see Ramin Karimloo take his turn on the Tony stage!

Alison Loughlin: Definitely the revival of Les Miserables!!

Les Miserables opened on Broadway in 1987 and was nominated for 12 Tony Awards, winning eight, including Best Musical and Best Featured Actress for Frances Ruffelle. It was revived on Broadway in 2006 starring Norm Lewis, Daphne Rubin-Vega and Adam Jacobs. The current revival was nominated for three Tony Awards, including Best Actor for Ramin Karimloo.

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