BroadwayHD Presents Special Tony Award Playlist

Even though the Tony Awards have been postponed this year due to the pandemic, the theatre community still looks to ways of celebrating the joys of Broadway. Starting June 1 on BroadwayHD, Tony Award-winning and nominated performances will be highlighted each day leading up to the originally scheduled Tony Awards on June 7, within a special playlist including critically-acclaimed favorites like Present Laughter, Falsettos, Miss Saigon, Memphis, Elaine Stritch at Liberty, Billy Elliot, A Night with Janis Joplin, that will be made available to subscribers.

BroadwayHD co-founders and Tony Award-winning producers and filmmakers Stewart F. Lane and Bonnie Comley said, “with this being an unusual year for Broadway, we really wanted to make sure that the Tony Awards, which recognizes all of the extraordinary talent and hard work within the industry, is still being honored.  That is why we planned this very special viewing event for theater fans.”

See below for a full line-up of what BroadwayHD subscribers can see starting June 1:

June 1, 2020 – Present Laughter  Tony Award Winner for Best Leading Actor in a Play, Kevin Kline

Noel Coward’s totally-irresistible and semi-autobiographical comedy follows a self-obsessed actor in the midst of a mid-life crisis. Freely indulging his considerable appetite for wine, women, and sleeping late, the theatre’s favorite leading man suddenly finds himself caught between fawning ingénues, crazed playwrights, secret trysts, and unexpected twists.

June 2, 2020 – Falsettos – Tony Award Nominee for Best Leading Actor in a Musical, Christian Borle and Tony Award Nominee for Best Featured Actor in a Musical, Andrew Rannells

Nominated for five 2017 Tony Awards, including Best Revival of a Musical, Falsettos is a hilarious and poignant look at a modern family revolving around the life of a gay man Marvin, his wife, his lover, his soon-to-be-bar-mitzvahed son, their psychiatrist, and the lesbians next door. Originally created under the specter of the AIDS crisis, this timely musical about middle-class family dynamics manages to remain buoyant and satirically perceptive even as it moves towards its heartbreaking conclusion.

June 3, 2020 – Memphis – Tony Award Winner for Best Musical, and Tony Award Nominee for Best Leading Actress in a Musical, Montego Glover

The 2010 Tony Award-winner for Best Musical, Memphis stars Montego Glover and Chad Kimball. Captured live in performance at Broadway’s historic Shubert Theatre with the Tony-nominated cast, this tale of love, ambition, and the cultural revolution that changed music forever jumps off the screen and into your heart!

June 4, 2020 – Elaine Stritch at Liberty – Tony Award Winner for Special Theatrical Event, Elaine Stritch

Elaine Stritch, in her late 70’s, took the stage for 2 ½ hours wearing only a man-tailored button-down shirt and tap pants and tights, for a critically-acclaimed performance about her historic career. At Liberty won a Tony Award in June 2002 for Special Theatrical Event, but Stritch’s triumph was tempered when she was not allowed to complete her acceptance speech. Her response to it here is just one of the touching moments in remembrance of her legacy.

June 5, 2020 – Indecent – Tony Award Nominee for Best Play

Indecent is inspired by the true events surrounding the controversial 1923 Broadway debut of Sholem Asch’s God of Vengeance—a play seen by some as a seminal work of Jewish culture, and by others as an act of traitorous libel. The play charts the history of an incendiary drama and the path of the artists who risked their careers and lives to perform it.

June 6, 2020 – The King and I – Tony Award Winner for Best Leading Actress in a Musical, Kelli O’Hara

Set in 1860s Bangkok, the musical tells the story of the unconventional and tempestuous relationship that develops between the King of Siam and Anna, a British schoolteacher whom the modernist King, in an imperialistic world, brings to Siam to teach his many wives and children. With one of the finest scores ever written including: “Whistle a Happy Tune,” “Getting to Know You,” and “Shall We Dance,” and featuring a company of over 50 world-class performers, The King and I is a testament to the lavish heritage of gloriously romantic musical theatre.

June 7, 2020 – Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill – Tony Award Winner for Best Leading Actress in a Play, Audra McDonald

It’s March 1959, and at a small Philadelphia club, a star vocalist takes the stage for one of the last shows of her life. This powerhouse performance conjures jazz icon Billie Holiday for an intimate cabaret evening featuring live renditions of her most beloved classics, and a revealing glimpse into the troubled history of the woman behind the legend. Funny and heartbreaking, this play with music is a testament to one woman’s ability to mine humor from hardship—and to the transformative power of song.

BroadwayHD introduces award-winning theater from all across the globe with both classic and modern productions. Fans can expect to see the full works of Shakespeare, awe-inspiring performances from Cirque du Soleil and a selection of the world’s greatest musical including Kinky BootsCats42nd Street, She Loves MeThe Phantom of The Opera, The King and I, Sound of Music, and An American in Paris. All performances are adapted specifically for streaming audiences to maximize the entertainment experience.