Martin McDonagh might nicely win the Oscar for his screenplay for “Three Billboards Exterior Ebbing, Missouri.” And now he may be a contender for a Tony for Finest Play — although he’ll must work some fairly nifty magic to topple Harry Potter.
McDonagh’s darkish new farce, “Hangmen,” opened at off-Broadway’s Atlantic Theater Firm area this week to sturdy evaluations. Tickets are inconceivable to return by, however plans are within the works to maneuver the manufacturing to Broadway’s Cort Theatre simply earlier than the April 26 Tony-eligibility cutoff date.
Which suggests “Hangmen” will sq. off towards that juggernaut from London, “Harry Potter and the Cursed Baby.”
“Harry Potter,” opening on the Lyric Theatre April 22, has an advance of over $15 million. Each time new blocks of tickets go on sale, they’re snapped up inside hours. It’s additionally the one new play slated to open on Broadway this spring. Every thing else — together with “Angels in America,” “Three Tall Girls,” “The Iceman Cometh” and “Kids of a Lesser God” — is a revival.
The performs eligible for the Tony this yr embody “Meteor Bathe,” “Junk,” “The Kids,” “Farinelli and the King” and “John Lithgow: Tales by Coronary heart.” Solely the final two in that listing are nonetheless operating, and none of them has a shot towards “Harry Potter.”
“Hangmen” is an underdog, too. 4 of McDonagh’s performs (“The Magnificence Queen of Leenane,” The Lonesome West,” “The Pillowman” and “The Lieutenant of Inishmore”) have been nominated, however didn’t win.
There could possibly be some sentiment amongst Tony voters that the fifth time’s the attraction, although if “Hangmen” topples “Harry Potter,” will probably be an upset.
“Hangmen” is a sublimely creepy play. It’s set within the mid-’60s in a pub owned by Harry Wade, the second-best hangman in England. The dying penalty has simply been abolished and the information attracts an assortment of characters to Harry’s bar. Not all of them are who they look like.
“Hangmen” gained the Olivier Award in 2016. The excellent London solid contains Johnny Flynn, Reece Shearsmith, Sally Rogers and former “Recreation of Thrones” star Mark Addy. All will make the transfer to Broadway and can in all probability fill the ranks of Tony nominees.
The Atlantic is a powerhouse, these days. This tiny Chelsea theater additionally produced “The Band’s Go to,” which I’m betting will win the Tony for Finest Musical.
Its subsequent present is “This Ain’t No Disco,” a musical set in Studio 54 in 1979. Stephen Trask (music 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 help from Rick Elice (co-writer of “Jersey Boys”).
The thrill was blended on a workshop a yr or so in the past, however now I’m listening to the present’s much-improved. And what’s to not like a couple of musical set in Studio 54, particularly one with a Stephen Trask rating?
Previews start Could 11.
There’s tons of enjoyable available this weekend at Metropolis Heart with “Hey, Look Me Over!,” a revue celebrating the 25th anniversary of Encores!
The present options opening numbers and finales from second-tier musicals that haven’t — repeat, not! — been staged by Encores.
However there’s loads of gold in that second tier. Songs from “Wildcat,” “All American,” “Greenwillow,” “Jamaica” and “Milk and Honey” are positive to glitter. Don’t miss it.