The 2011 Tony Awards air this Sunday, allowing us non-New Yorkers a glimpse of what splashy jukebox musicals are currently ripping Time Square tourists off these days. Don't care about theater? Cast members from notorious disaster Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark are slated to perform, so tune in to see if anyone dies.
Leading with 14 nominations this year is Trey Parker, Matt Stone (both of South Park fame) and Robert Lopez's (he co-wrote Avenue Q) musical The Book of Mormon, a satire about naive young Mormons on a mission trip in Uganda. The Scottsboro Boys, Kander and Ebb's musical about the trial involving nine black teenagers accused of rape in Alabama in 1931, has 12 nominations, and the revival of Anything Goes starring Sutton Foster (Thoroughly Modern Millie) got nine. Other nominees include the stage adaptation of the movie you secretly love to watch when it airs on cable on Saturdays, Sister Act; another film adaptation, Catch Me If You Can; and the revival of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying starring Harry Potter (or Daniel Radcliffe, whatever). Check the full list of nominees here.
If you're looking to watch this year's host Neil Patrick Harris be great at everything in the comfort of other theater lovers (with whom you could certainly chat about this whole Le Petit Theatre situation), the New Orleans Actors Equity Association is hosting a viewing party at the The Stage Door Canteen at the The National World War II Museum (945 Magazine St.). The 1940s themed affair (period attire is encouraged but not required) features door prizes, a raffle, a photo station and appearances by theater personalities Michael Cerveris, Bryan Batt, Leslie Castay, Lady BJ and Edward R. Cox. The party, which goes from 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. is free but reservations are required. Call 528-1940 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for details.