The Race to the 2013 Tonys: A look at the candidates for Best Revival of a Musical

Some musicals are so beautiful that they are passed down by their predecessors to a new batch of performers, who in most cases give thrilling and fresh takes on old classics. Let’s face it: who doesn’t love a good revival? This season, theatre-goers have been treated to some of the best revived musicals of all time.

The nominees for Best Revival of a Musical are: The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Pippin, Annie and Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella.

Pippin is leading the musical revivals pack with ten nods, while Cinderella is following closely behind with nine. The Mystery of Edwin Drood has received five nominations, while Annie represents their company with a single nomination in this very category. Each of these musicals originated in different eras, and each of them were brought back to life in these divine productions.

"They Mystery of Edwin Drood."

“The Mystery of Edwin Drood.”

The Mystery of Edwin Drood is a musical that has brought the entertaining element of forum theatre back into our lives with a stellar cast and lovely score. This murder mystery weaves through an ensemble cast who has taken the stage in an adaptation of an uncompleted Charles Dickens novel. As innocent as they may appear, they are all suspects of the murder of Edwin Drood. The audience must decide who is guilty, which leads to endless laughs and thrills until the very end.



Pippin is about a young prince who must jump seemingly impossible hurdles while trying to find his true purpose in life. He eventually gains control of the royal throne, but is faced with regret along the way. The ensemble is led by a charming Leading Player who narrates the story to the audience. This production also features acrobatics and circus tricks, which makes this revival all the more refreshing and exciting.



The beloved classic Annie, making its second return to Broadway, has captured the hearts of sold-out audiences and critics alike this season. The plot centers around Annie, a child living in an orphanage run by the cruel Miss Hannigan. Annie gets adopted by the wealthy Daddy Warbucks and eventually finds comfort in her new home and a loving family. The cast is led by Lilla Crawford, who gives an adorable take on a timeless character.



Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella, which includes additional songs and a new book, has taken to the stage in this enchanted production. With twists of romance, revolution, and magical ball gowns, Ella’s world soon collides with a life of royalty as she tries to change the world through her undying hope and kindness. This show, with its fantastic score has not failed to rake in theatre-goers, and the cast is simply astounding.

My prediction: Pippin. This production has overcome leaps and bounds to get where it is on Broadway today, and not a single bad word has come of it since its opening. Pippin will take control of this category, even though all of the musicals nominated are equally deserving and worthy of their nods.

Congratulations to all of the nominees. Which revival do you think deserves the Tony? Let me know in the comments below!

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