Martin McDonagh may well win the Oscar for his screenplay for “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.” And now he may also be a contender for a Tony for Absolute Best Play — despite the fact that he’ll need to paintings a few pretty nifty magic to topple Harry Potter.
McDonagh’s dark new farce, “Hangmen,” opened at off-Broadway’s Atlantic Theater Corporate area this week to strong evaluations. Tickets are impossible to return by way of, however plans are within the works to transport the production to Broadway’s Cort Theatre earlier than the April 26 Tony-eligibility cutoff date.
which means “Hangmen” will sq. off towards that juggernaut from London, “Harry Potter and the Cursed Kid.”
“Harry Potter,” establishing at the Lyric Theatre April 22, has an advance of over $15 million. every time new blocks of tickets cross on sale, they’re snapped up within hours. It’s additionally the one new play slated to open on Broadway this spring. The Whole Lot else — together with “Angels in The Usa,” “Three Tall Women,” “The Iceman Cometh” and “Children of a Lesser God” — is a revival.
the opposite new plays eligible for the Tony this 12 months are “Junk,” “1984,” “The Youngsters,” “Farinelli and the King” and “John Lithgow: Tales by Middle.” Most Effective the closing are nonetheless working, and none of them has a shot towards “Harry Potter.”
“Hangmen” is an underdog, too. Four of McDonagh’s plays (“The Sweetness Queen of Leenane,” The Lonesome West,” “The Pillowman” and “The Lieutenant of Inishmore”) were nominated, however didn’t win.
There could be some sentiment amongst Tony citizens that the 5th time’s the allure, even though if “Hangmen” topples “Harry Potter,” it’ll be an disenchanted.
Johnny Flynn in Martin McDonaghs “Hangmen.”Ahron R. Foster
“Hangmen” is a sublimely creepy play. It’s set in the mid-’60s in a pub owned via Harry Wade, the second one-very best hangman in England. The dying penalty has just been abolished and the inside track attracts an collection of characters to Harry’s bar. Not all of them are who they appear to be.
“Hangmen” won the Olivier Award in 2016. the fantastic London cast comprises Johnny Flynn, Reece Shearsmith, Sally Rogers and former “Recreation of Thrones” superstar Mark Addy. All will make the transfer to Broadway and can most certainly fill the ranks of Tony nominees.
The Atlantic is a powerhouse, in recent times. This tiny Chelsea theater additionally produced “The Band’s Visit,” which I’m having a bet will win the Tony for Absolute Best Musical.
Its next display is “This Ain’t No Disco,” a musical set in Studio 54 in 1979. Stephen Trask (track and lyrics on “Hedwig and the Offended Inch”) and Peter Yanowitz (from the band the Wallflowers) have written the rating and the script, with an assist from Rick Elice (co-creator of “Jersey Boys”).
The Thrill was once blended on a workshop a year or so in the past, however now I’m hearing the display’s much-stepped forward. And what’s not to like about a musical set in Studio 54, particularly one with a Stephen Trask rating?
Previews start Might 11.
There’s hundreds fun to be had this weekend at City Middle with “Hi There, Look Me Over!,” a revue celebrating the 25th anniversary of Encores!
The display features opening numbers and finales from 2nd-tier musicals that have not — repeat, now not! — been staged via Encores.
But there’s a variety of gold in that 2d tier. Songs from “Wildcat,” “All American,” “Greenwillow,” “Jamaica” and “Milk and Honey” are certain to sparkle. Don’t omit it.