All the excitement leading up to the 69th annual Tony Awards on June 7th can seem like so much hype, even to professional theater artists, several of whom have told me they never watch the awards show. Probe just a bit, and it’s clear their beef is with Broadway, as I point out in my new piece on Howlround, In Defense of Broadway.
In it, I repeat what people say is wrong with Broadway — that it’s “risk averse,” too expensive, not inclusive enough, not really representative of theater — and then answer point by point. I also include the Must-See AND Can-Afford shows of the Broadway 2014-2015 season that are still running, with an added list of Could-See and Might-Afford.
With links to reviews, they are (in order of quality-plus-affordability):
Hand to God (general rush tickets are $27)
On The Town (mobile lottery is $20)
In the video below, I ask nearly a dozen performers, many of them Tony nominees this season:
What are popular misconceptions about Broadway?