'Groundhog Day,' 'Amelie,' 'Hello Dolly' & More Last-Minute Tony Contenders on Broadway

Joan Marcus
Adam Chanler-Berat and Phillipa Soo in AMÉLIE, A New Musical

The Tony Awards are still three months away but a handful of must-see musicals will open before the eligibility period closes on April 27. With nominations looming in May, book your tickets now for these high-profile hopefuls.

MONDAY, April 3


The adaptation of the beloved 2001 French film stars Phillipa Soo, a Tony nom for Hamilton, as a waitress whose arrow is aimed at a poor artist working in a sex shop. Porn and pain au chocolat!

THURSDAY, April 6  

War Paint

Patti LuPone and Christine Ebersole, both two-time Tony winners, bring the most glamorous duel of all time to the Great White Way as rival makeup entrepreneurs Helena Rubinstein and Elizabeth Arden. Michael Greif, who helmed the original Rent production, directs.

MONDAY, April 17    

Groundhog Day

With Andy Karl taking on the role that Bill Murray made famous, the comedy earned raves from its London tryout and could compete against Dear Evan Hansen for best musical.

THURSDAY, April 20  

Hello, Dolly!

Jerry Zaks’ revival is the definition of a tour-de-force: With Bette Midler returning to Broadway, Hello, Dolly! broke a record with more than $9 million in first-day ticket sales.

SUNDAY, April 23

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Two-time Tony winner Christian Borle stars as Willy Wonka in this candy-colored swirl of songs by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman (Hairspray). Another Roald Dahl adaptation, Matilda, was nominated for best musical in 2013.

This article originally appeared in the March 18 issue of Billboard. 

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