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Literary Adaptations Sneak Their Way Into 2016 Tony Awards

By now, all musical-lovers are waiting to get their hands on a ticket to “Hamilton”, the highly entertaining adaptation of Ron Chernov’s Alexander Hamilton. Good luck. Stephen Colbert hit the nail on the head when he sarcastically claimed he snagged a ticket online for “a Sunday matinee in 2018,” (of course the Late Show talk host did actually get to see “Hamilton”). On top of the incredibly long wait you’ll face when trying to get a ticket for the musical, which broke records when it was nominated for 16 Tony Awards, ticket prices are outrageous. We’re talking hundreds to thousands of dollars here. Signature does an excellent job explaining the irony and contradictions inherent in “Hamilton” considering the play’s themes, coupled with the ticket pricing and the true story of Alexander Hamilton. It is well worth the read.

While “Hamilton” may be stealing almost all of the limelight at the Tony Awards this year, there are a number of other nominated Broadway productions, many of them adaptations of great books. Among those nominated are:

“The Color Purple” (a musical re-imagining of Alice Walker’s The Color Purple ), which recieved four nominations including Best Revival of a Musical and Best Actress in a Musical for Cynthia Erivo’s outstanding performance.

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“American Psycho”, the musical version of Brett Easton Ellis’s infamous and bloody book, is up for two nomination

“Fiddler on the Roof”, based off the short story collection Tevye’s Daughters by Sholom Aleichem (fun fact- the 1964 version of “The Fiddler on the Roof” received nine Tony Awards in 1964). This year, “Fiddler” is up for three Tony Awards, including Best Revival of a Musical

Yep, that’s Bruce Willis! Image courtesy of The New York Times. 

“Misery”, the thrilling theater adaptation of Stephen King’s namesake book, has put critically acclaimed actress Laurie Metcalf at center stage for her performance as Annie Wilkes. Metcalf has been nominated for the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play.

“Thérèse Raquin” based off Emile Zola’s book, Thérèse Raquin, and starring Kiera Knightly, has been nominated for Best Scenic Design of a Play.

The musical adaptations for Natalie Babbitt’s Tuck Everlasting and Emilio Estefan’s uplifting The Rhythm of Success: How an Immigrant Produces His Own American Dream, known on Broadway as “On Your Feet! The Story of Emilio and Gloria Estefan” are each up for a Tony Award.

All we can say is good luck to all (also, books clearly make great Broadway shows)!

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