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30 Broadway Shows You Can See Across the Country

June 17, 2019 by Maggie Gilroy
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The beauty of the Tony Awards is you can watch snippets of stellar Broadway shows without having to leave your couch and travel all the way to New York City. While the couch might be comfy, it’s hard to resist the urge to travel to the Big Apple and see the Tony Award winners live and in person.

But you don’t have to leave your home town to watch Tony Award-winning shows. Award-winning productions are currently on stages across the country. Witness an inspirational bio-musical in Dallas. Hear David Yazbek’s haunting Tony Award winning score in in Chicago. Or marvel as Tony Award winner Betty Buckley portrays the legendary role of Dolly Levi in Washington, DC.

Here’s 30 Tony Award-nominated Broadway shows you can see across the country.

DALLAS + FORT WORTH

Beautiful
Winspear Opera House, Dallas
June 18-23

This jukebox musical, based on the life of singer/songwriter Carole King earned Jessie Mueller her first Tony Award and helped bring her to Broadway stardom. It received seven total nominations (plus another win for Sound Design), including Best Musical.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Winspear Opera House, Dallas
Aug. 22-Sept. 1

This musical is an adaptation of Roald Dahl’s novel and the 1971 “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.” It features the beloved songs from the film, including “Pure Imagination,” “The Candy Man,” and “I’ve Got a Golden Ticket.”

Sweeney Todd
Circle Theatre, Fort Worth, Tex.
June 6-July 13

Don’t eat the pies here. This tale of the murderous Demon Barber of Fleet Street — and the pies made as a result of his pursuit of revenge — won the 1979 Tony Award for Best Musical.

SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA

Rent
SHN Golden Gate Theatre, San Fransisco
June 14-23

Jonathan Larson’s hit musical is a rock retelling of Giacomo Puccini’s “La Bohéme,” set in Greenwich Village and chronicling the lives of seven struggling artists. It earned the 1996 Tony Award for Best Musical, with a total of 10 nominations and four wins.

Cabaret
San Francisco Playhouse, San Francisco
June 26-Sept. 14

John Kander and Fred Ebb’s classic musical won the 1998 Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical and 1967 award for Best Musical. The musical chronicles what happens after political upheaval disturbs the lives of residents in pre-WWII Berlin.

Hairspray
Bay Area Musicals at Victoria Theatre, San Fransisco
July 6-Aug. 11

You won’t be able to stop the beat in this 2003 Tony Award winner for Best Musical. Based on the 1988 John Waters film of the same name, this upbeat musical follows teen Tracy Turnblad who dreams to dance on the “Corny Collins Show” in 1962 Baltimore. But her dreams soon change as she uses her star power to integrate the popular television program.

Next to Normal
Los Altos Stage Co. at Bus Barn Theater, Los Altos
May 23-June 22

This electric musical chronicles Diana and her family as Diana battles manic depression and bipolar disorder. It earned the 2009 Tony Award for Best Musical.

CHICAGO

“Come From Away”

Come From Away
Cadillac Palace Theatre, Chicago
July 30-Aug. 18

This musical tells the true story of 7,000 stranded passengers in Newfoundland after planes were grounded there on Sept. 11, 2001. It earned a 2017 nomination for Best Musical (among a total of seven nominations), and Christopher Ashley received the award for direction.

The Band’s Visit
Cadillac Palace Theatre, Chicago
Sept. 3-15

This haunting tale about a band of Egyptian musicians who show up in the wrong city earned last year’s Tony for Best Musical, among 10 other wins including an award for David Yazbek score. Yazbek’s latest musical, “Tootsie,” earned him a nomination for score this year as well.

LOS ANGELES

Indecent
Center Theatre Group at Ahmanson Theatre, Los Angeles
June 5-July 7

Paula Vogel’s play follows the journey of Sholem Asch’s Theatre piece “God of Vengence,” as well as the artists who risked their lives to perform it. It earned a 2017 nomination for Best Play and gave Rebecca Taichman the award for direction.

Ragtime
Bette Aitken Theater Arts Center, Anaheim
June 28-July 28

Set in New York at the turn of the 20th century, this musical is based on E.L. Doctorow’s novel. It features the classic hits “Wheels of a Dream” and “Make Them Hear You” and earned a 2010 Tony Award nomination for Best Revival of a Musical. 

Avenue Q
OB Playhouse and Theater Company, San Diego
July 5-July 28

Featuring foul-mouthed puppets, this musical is like an adult version of “Sesame Street.” It follows Princeton, a college grad with a B.A. in English who comes to New York City with big dreams. It nabbed the 2004 Tony Award for Best Musical.

Phantom of the Opera
The Hollywood Pantages Theatre, Los Angeles
June 6-July 7

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s mega-hit is the longest-running show on Broadway and the 1988 Tony Award winner for Best Musical. This production features new scenic design by Paul Brown and new staging by director Laurence Connor. It tells the story of the titular Phantom, and his desire for Opera singer Christine Daaé.

Rent
The Hollywood Pantages Theatre, Los Angeles
July 9-14

Now celebrating 20 years, Jonathan Larson’s hit musical encourages viewers to “measure your life in love.” It not only won the Tony Award for Best Musical, but also the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

WASHINGTON, DC

Falsettos
Eisenhower Theater, Washington, DC
June 11-23

This musical follows a “tight knit family,” made up of a gay man, his wife, his lover, and soon-to-be Bar Mitzvahed son.  This production earned the 2017 Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical.

Hello, Dolly!
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, DC
June 4-July 7

This classic musical follows an eccentric matchmaker who is searching for love of her own. This production won the 2017 Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical and stars Broadway legend Betty Buckley, who won a 1983 Tony Award for her performance in “Cats.”

The Band’s Visit
Eisenhower Theater, Washington, DC
July 9-Aug. 4

Set in a small Israeli desert town, this quiet musical follows what happens when an Egyptian band shows up in the wrong town. It brought Katrina Lenk the 2018 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical, along with nine other wins. A Doll’s House, Part 2
Round House Theatre, Bethesda, MD.
June 5-30

This play begins 15 years after Henrik Ibsen’s 1879 “A Doll’s House” left off. When “A Doll’s House, Part 2” opens there is a knock at the door. Nora has returned. The question is, why? The play earned Laurie Metcalf her first Tony Award.

Legally Blonde
Keegan Theatre, Washington, DC
Aug. 3-25

Based on the 2001 movie of the same name, this upbeat musical follows Elle Woods as she enters Harvard Law School in an attempt to get her boyfriend, Warner, back. The show earned seven Tony Award nominations in 2007.

Matilda the Musical
Olney Theatre Mainstage, Olney, Md.
June 21-July 21

Contrary to the belief of the book-hating adults in her life, Matilda isn’t “naughty.” She’s a genius. Based on the Roald Dahl book of the same name, this musical earned four Tony Awards in 2013, including trophies for book, scenic design, and lighting.

Aladdin
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, DC
July 18-Sept. 7

Those who grew up with the 1992 Disney animated film, and those growing up with the current life-action feature film, will see the beloved characters of Aladdin and Jasmine onstage. It features the classic tunes including “A Whole New World” and “Friend Like Me.” It earned James Monroe Iglehart the 2014 Tony Award for Featured Actor in a Musical.

BOSTON

The 39 Steps
Gloucester Stage Company, Gloucester, Mass.
July 5-28

This hilarious, fast-paced play follows Richard Hannay, who sets out for adventure. But he soon gets swept up in a murder, espionage, and romance. Now, he must save the entire United Kingdom from peril. The play earned two Tony Awards in 2008, for lighting and sound design.

CONNECTICUT

The Scottsboro Boys
Playhouse on Park, West Hartford, Conn.
June 26-Aug. 4

Set in the style of a minstrel show, this musical was the last collaboration by legends John Kander and Fred Ebb. Nominated for 12 Tony Awards, it chronicles nine men who are accused of a crime they didn’t commit.

Memphis
The Repertory Theatre, New Britain, Conn.
July 26-Aug. 28

Go down, down underground to Memphis, where rock-and-roll was born. Follow DJ Huey Calhoun, who has a passion for R&B Music, as he falls in love with an up-an-coming singer despite the objections of their loved ones. The show earned the 2010 Tony Award for Best Musical.

PHILADELPHIA

One Man, Two Guvnors
Quintessence Theatre Group, Philadelphia
June 5-30

This fast-paced farce earned James Corden, the latest Tony Awards host, his own Tony in 2012. It follows failed musician Francis Henshall in an adaptation of Carlo Goldoni’s 1753 commedia “A Servant of Two Masters.”

SEATTLE

West Side Story
The 5th Avenue Theatre, Seattle
May 31-June 23

The Sharks and the Jets spar in Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim’s modern day “Romeo and Juliet.” This production will feature a cast of 45 alongside a 25-piece orchestra. Jerome Robbins’s iconic choreography earned a 1958 Tony Award.

Million Dollar Quartet
Village Theatre at Everett Performing Arts Center, Everett, Wash.
June 28-July 28

Step inside the recording studio with Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins. This show features the hit songs of the 1950s in a fictionalized jam session. Levi Kreis nabbed a 2010 Tony Award for his portrayal of Jerry Lee Lewis.

TORONTO

Little Shop of Horrors
Avon Theatre (Stratford Festival), Stratford, ON
April 26-Nov. 1

Follow what happens to a nerdy Skid Row florist after he meets a Venus Flytrap with a taste for blood. This 1960s style score by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman features the hits “Suddenly, Seymour” and “Somewhere That’s Green.”

Billy Elliot
Festival Theatre (Stratford Festival), Stratford, ON
April 16-Nov. 3

This inspirational tale of a young dancer in a British mining town nabbed the 2009 Tony Award for Best Musical. Also, in a rare moment, it brought the Best Actor Tony Award to three separate actors, all for the role of Billy: David Alvarez, Trent Kowalik, and Kiril Kulish.

August: Osage County
Young Center for the Performing Arts, Toronto, ON
May 18-June 19

This drama won the 2007 Tony Award for Best Play. When three daughters return home after their father disappears, they’re forced to confront family secrets.