June 10, 2019 12:26 AM ET
Broadway has changed a lot in the last few years, and in an important way: We’ve cleared the period of time when everything seemed to be about Hamilton, and then about post-Hamilton, and then about whether there could ever be another Hamilton. (There won’t.) Broadway had another big year for box office, it’s learning how to use social media to connect with younger audiences — whatever the next phase is, it seems that it’s started.
At the Tony Awards on Sunday night, again hosted by James Corden (who also did the job in 2016), a new production of Oklahoma! was nominated, as were new musicals based on old myths and 1980s movies. Well-known actors like Adam Driver and Jeff Daniels were nominated. But so were less famous faces like Heidi Schreck and Jeremy Pope — Schreck created the play What the Constitution Means to Me, while Pope was nominated for roles in both his first Broadway play, Choir Boy, and his first Broadway musical, the Temptations revue Ain’t Too Proud.
The show started with Corden apparently trying hard to re-create a well-regarded Neil Patrick Harris opening number from 2013, only with a song that wasn’t anywhere near as good. The staging, by the end, was extremely similar, and the cameos by the casts of different shows were similar, but the song was regrettably tuneless.