Tony Awards: A Diverse Group of Shows for Top Music Awards

NEW YORK — The Tony Awards take place on Sunday night, and CBS2’s Dave Carlin takes a look at the shows up for two of the top awards — Best Musical and Best Revival of a Musical.

At the top, Michael R. Jackson’s “A Strange Loop” with a total of 11 nominations, and “MJ” and “Paradise Square” each have ten nominations. All three have black writers creating the book in a Broadway season with inclusive and innovative offerings.

‘A Strange Loop’ star Jaquel Spivey is Tony-nominated for his Broadway debut in the Pulitzer Prize-winning show about the black gay experience and the search for creative inspiration and love.

“Do you get that from people coming to say thank you for this unique thing that speaks to everyone, but also speaks to specific people?” Carlin asked.

“People are hurting, people don’t feel accepted, people want love, people want to feel affirmed by other people, their own communities,” Spivey said.

“I feel like the time I took was worth it,” Jackson said.

Lynn Nottage is Tony nominated for Best Book for “MJ”.

“We were going to tell the story of just two days of his life when he does one of his big gigs,” she said.

In “MJ,” first-time Tony nominee Myles Frost plays Michael Jackson.

“I don’t take any of this for granted,” Frost said.

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“Paradise Square” is written by Christina Anderson with Craig Lucas and Larry Kirwin. It tells the story of the New York Draft Riots of 1863.

“It’s an important story that needs to be told,” Anderson said.

Joaquina Kalukango is the Tony-nominated star of the series.

“It’s an epic and original story about a Five Points community between the Irish and black communities and how they grew apart,” she said.

“Girl From the North Country,” with songs by Bob Dylan, is set in a Depression boarding house. It stars Mare Winningham, who is nominated for Best Lead Actress in a Musical.

“I’ve been a Dylan fan all my life,” Winningham said.

On the show, Winningham performs Dylan’s hit song “Like a Rolling Stone.”

“Singing the most iconic song of all time and doing it so well, did you always know you could?” Carlin asked.

“The only time it was nerve-wracking was when [Bob Dylan] was here. And I told him actually, when I met him, he said to me, ‘You had to sing ‘Rolling Stone’. said.

“Six,” with book, music and lyrics by Toby Marlow and Lucy Moss, is a dazzling look at the wives of King Henry VIII that feels like a concert.

“It’s all true, except they’re not a pop band. That’s the only thing that’s not true,” Moss said.

billy crystal is back on Broadway with the show he wrote, “Mr. Saturday Night,” based on his hit movie.

“Well, it’s extremely exciting. You know, after my first experience, ‘700 Sundays’, to be back in a musical, at the age of 74 to make my debut in the musical. The audience was been phenomenal,” he said.

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The same year we lost the great Stephen Sondheim, the revival of his historic musical “Company” returned to Broadway, earning nine nominations, including Best Revival of a Musical.

The revival of “Caroline, or Change” features Tony-nominated lead actress Sharon D. Clarke in her first time on Broadway.

“To be so well received and to have such generosity from the Broadway community…it’s wonderful,” she said.

Finally, the cover of “The Music Man” earned six nominations in total. Its star Hugh Jackman is nominated for the Tony Awards this year.

“To be back on Broadway in a show as big, bold, bright and effervescent as this is just a dream,” he said.

Her co-star Sutton Foster is also named.

“You can pretty much choose from a lot of things now, and you picked this one. Why? Did you feel like you needed to be happy every night and dance and…why ‘The Music Man’ and nothing else?” Carlin asked.

“I was intrigued to be part of something really joyful,” Foster said.

These musicals with varying themes and themes – joyful, innovative and moving – are celebrated at the Tonys.

Tony Awards coverage begins at 7 p.m. with an hour of exclusive streaming content on Paramount+, then at 8 p.m. the 75th Annual Tony Awards airs live on CBS2 and streams on Paramount+.

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