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It's Tony Time - Here are our staff picks!

Lights, camera, Broadway! The stage is set for the most thrilling night of the year as we dive into our predictions for the standout performers and productions vying for the prestigious 2024 Tony Awards.

With so many deserving nominees and incredible talent on Broadway this season, the competition is intense and the stakes are high. We at YVP love a good musical so we are sharing the nominees and our picks from our favorite categories! From Hell's Kitchen to "Illinoise" join us as we travel through the major Musical award choices.

Best New Musical Nominees

“Hell’s Kitchen” - Sweet crowd pleaser about Alicia Keys’ life

“Illinoise” -  A moving and powerful musical about friends and first love

“The Outsiders” - A heartfelt coming of age tale 

“Suffs” - The compelling and complex chronicle of the Women’s Suffrage movement

“Water for Elephants” - An epic tale of the remarkable life with a traveling circus

Our pick:  Hell’s Kitchen. 

Our why:  New York’s own Alicia Keys - yes, please and thank you!

Best Leading Actor in a Musical

Brody Grant, “The Outsiders”

Jonathan Groff, “Merrily We Roll Along”

Dorian Harewood, “The Notebook”

Brian d’Arcy James, “Days of Wine and Roses”

Eddie Redmayne, “Cabaret”

Our pick:  Jonathan Groff of Merrily We Roll Along. 

Our why:  Groff’s likeability and earnestness wins our hearts over every time.

Best Leading Actress in a Musical

Eden Espinosa, “Lempicka”Maleah Joi Moon, “Hell’s Kitchen”

Maryann Plunkett, “The Notebook”Kelli O’Hara, “Days of Wine and Roses”Gayle Rankin, “Cabaret”

Our pick:  Maryann Plunkett of The Notebook. 

Our why:  Absolutely emotionally gripping and authentic. Bravo!

Best Choreography

Camille A. Brown, “Hell’s Kitchen”

Shana Carroll and Jesse Robb, “Water for Elephants”Rick and Jeff Kuperman, “The Outsiders”

Annie-B Parson, “Here Lies Love”

Justin Peck, “Illinoise”

Our pick:  Shana Carroll and Jesse Robb for Water for Elephants 

Our why:  Circus performing, dance and puppetry for the stunningly beautiful combination we didn’t know we needed!

As we reach the conclusion of our journey through the top categories for the 2024 Tony Awards, all that's left is to announce the winners. Now, let's find out who will take home the coveted trophies in each of these highly anticipated categories. From Best Musical to Best Choreographer, the Broadway community is buzzing with predictions and speculation. Stay tuned to find out as the stars align and the stage is set for a night to remember. In the words of a wise theater veteran, "In the world of Broadway, anything can happen - and on Tony night, it usually does."

Coming to New York? Join us for a Broadway Insider experience or Signature Broadway Cast Party where you will mix, mingle, dine with and get to know cast members from all the hotest shows including those nominated!

The  Tony's will air at 8pm On Sunday, June 16 at 8pm on CBS and Paramount+. This year’s awards ceremony will take at Lincoln Center’s David H. Koch Theater. Ariana DeBose, a stage veteran and Oscar winner, will return to host for the third year in a row. And the Winner Is...

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