“Hell’s Kitchen” and “Stereophonic” lead the 2024 Tony Awards with 13 nominations apiece. Both just premiered on Broadway, in a season lean on sure-fire blockbusters and a win might ramp up exposure and popularity.

“Kitchen” features tunes by Alicia Keys, focusing on a region of New York, where success looms outside your  front door or window. The show just opened April 20.

“Stereophonic” is a musical by David Adjmi, about a rock band on the cusp of greatness, with music by Will Butler. It premiered April 19.

The Tonys will be televised live June 16 from the David H. Koch Theatre at Lincoln Center.

“Hells Kitchen” has been nominated for 13 Tony Awards, including Best Musical.

The nominations in key categories:

Best Musical

“Hell’s Kitchen”
“The Outsiders”
“Water for Elephants”

Best Play

“Jaja’s African Hair Braiding”
“Mary Jane”
“Mother Play”
“Prayer for the French Republic”

“Stereophonic” is nominated for 13 Tony, Including Best Play.

Best Revival of a Musical

“Gutenberg! The Musical”
“Merrily We Roll Along”
“The Who’s Tommy”
“The Wiz

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical

Brian d’Arcy James, “Days of Wine and Roses”
Brody Grant, “The Outsiders”
Jonathan Groff, “Merrily We Roll Along”
Dorian Harewood, “The Notebook”
Eddie Redmayne, “Cabaret at the Kit Kat Club”

Best Performance by an Actress in a leading role in a Musical

Eden Espinosa, “Lempicka”
Maleah Joi Moon, “Hell’s Kitchen”
Kelli O’Hara, “Days of Wine and Roses”
Maryann Plunkett, “The Notebook”
Gayle Rankin, “Cabaret at the Kit Kat Club”

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play

William Jackson Harper, “Uncle Vanya”
Leslie Odom, Jr., “Purlie Victorious: A Non-Confederate Romp Through the Cotton Patch”
Liev Schreiber, “Doubt: A Parable.”
Jeremy Strong, “An Enemy of the People”
Michael Stuhlbarg, “Patriots”

Best Performance by an Actress in a leading role in a Play

Betsy Aidem, “Prayer for the French Republic”
Jessica Lange, “Mother Play”
Rachel McAdams, “Mary Jane”
Sarah Paulson, “Appropriate”
Amy Ryan, “Doubt: A Parable”

Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play

Will Brill, “Eli Gelb, Stereophonic”
Jim Parsons, “Mother Play”
Tom Pecinka, “Stereophonic”
Corey Stoll
, “Appropriate

Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play

Quincy Tyler Bernstine, “Doubt: A Parable”
Juliana Canfield, “Stereophonic”
Celia Keenan-Bolger, “Mother Play”
Sarah Pidgeon, “Stereophonic”
Kara Young, “Purlie Victorious: A Non-Confederate Romp Through the Cotton Patch”

Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical

Roger Bart, “Back to the Future: The Musical”
Joshua Boone, “The Outsiders”
Brandon Victor Dixon, “Hell’s Kitchen”
Sky Lakota-Lynch, “The Outsiders”
Daniel Radcliffe, “Merrily We Roll Along”
Steven Skybell, “Cabaret at the Kit Kat Club”

Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical

Shoshana Bean, “Hell’s Kitchen”
Amber Iman, “Lempicka”
Nikki M. James, “Suffs”
Leslie Rodriguez Kritzer,
 “Monty Python’s Spamalot”
Kecia Lewis, “Hell’s Kitchen”
Lindsay Mendez, “Merrily We Roll Along”
Bebe Neuwirth, “Cabaret at the Kit Kat Club”

Best Direction of a Play

Daniel Aukin, “Stereophonic”
Anne Kauffman, “Mary Jane”
Kenny Leon, “Purlie Victorious: A Non-Confederate Romp Through the Cotton Patch”
Lila Neugebauer, “Appropriate”
Whitney White,  “Jaja’s African Hair Braiding”

Best Direction of a Musical

Maria Friedman, “Merrily We Roll Along”
Michael Greif, “Hell’s Kitchen”
Leigh Silverman, “Suffs”
Jessica Stone, “Water for Elephants”
Danya Taymor, “The Outsiders”

Best Choreography

Camille A. Brown, “Hell’s Kitchen”
Jesse Robb and Shana Carroll, “Water for Elephants”
Rick Kuperman and Jeff Kuperman, “The Outsiders”
Annie-B Parson, “Here Lies Love”
Justin Peck,

Best Book of a Musical

Kristoffer Dias, “Hell’s Kitchen”
Bekah Brunstetter, “The Notebook”
Adam Rapp and Justin Levine, “The Outsiders”
Shaina Taub, “Suffs”
Rick Elice, “Water for Elephants”

Best Original Score (Music and Lyrics), Written for the Theater

Adam Guettel, “Days of Wine and Roses”
David Byrne and Fatboy Slime, “Here Lies Love”
James Revival (Jonathan Clay and Zach Chance) and Justin Levine, “The Outsider”
Will Butler, “Stereophonic”
Shaina Taub, “Suff”s

Best Orchestration

Timo Andres, “Illinoise”
Will Butler and Justin Craig, “Stereophonic”
Justin Levine, Matt Hinkley, Jamestown Revival (Jonathan Clay and Zach Chance), “The Outsiders”
Tom Kitt and Adam Blackstone, “Hell’s Kitchen”
Jonathan Tunick, “Merrily We Roll Along”…

Zeke’s May performances in “Lion King’

As a courtesy to Ezekiel Kekuna, the Kaneohe lad starring as Young Simba in Disney’s “The Lion King” at the Minskoff Theatre on Broadway, we offer you his list of performance dates for the month of May.

Zeke is the midst of a six-month run (interrupted by a recent injury) but is back in the Prideland.

This sked is helpful for island fans, family, and friends to plan trips to The Big Apple to possibly take in a performance in the hit show. If you’re booking tickets for a specific day, check this sked to make certain that Zeke is doing the role, since he’s alternating with another young actor…

Broadway grosses, week ending April 28

Broadway’s box office leaders have maintain their appeal over the past few weeks, with only “The Lion King” at the $2 million-plus level.

The Top 10:

1 – “The Lion King,” $2,196 million.

2—“Wickked,” $1,926 million.

3—“Hamilton,” $1,847 million.

4—“Cabaret at the Kit Kat Club,” $1,701 million.

5—“MJ the Musical,” $1,600 million.

6—“Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street.” $1,519 million.

7–“Merrily We Roll Along,” $1,464  million.

8—“Aladdin,” $1,439 million.

9–“Moulin Rouge the Musical,” $1,433 million.

10—“Harry Potter and the Cursed Child,” $1,126 million.

The full list, courtesy the Broadway League:

And that’s Show Biz…

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