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

Some plays are so well-written and valuable that they are brought back again and again, for audiences to experience 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 plays of all time.

For Best Revival of a Play, the nominees are Golden Boy, Orphans, A Trip to Bountiful and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?,

Golden Boy has the most nominations out of all the plays this year, sweeping with eight nods. Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? has received five, while A Trip to Bountiful has been given three, with Orphans following with two.

"Orphans."

“Orphans.”

Although there was some classic drama behind the drama leading up to the opening of this production, Orphans has also made headlines for being an impeccable play with a stunning cast. The play is about two abandoned brothers living in a run-down home in Philadelphia. The older brother supports them through a life of crime, and ends up kidnapping a rich older man whose intentions may actually help the boys. The play has received lots of word of mouth praise.

"Golden Boy."

“Golden Boy.”

Golden Boy centers around the life of a talented man named Joe Bonaparte. Bonaparte must ultimately decide between a career in music or in prize fighting. When the opportunities present themselves, it is up to him to make the decision between a life of fortune or his passion. The production is beautiful and emotional, as has been represented in its nominations.

"A Trip to Bountiful."

“A Trip to Bountiful.”

A production packed with an all-star cast, A Trip to Bountiful is about a widow’s trip back to her hometown of Bountiful, and the moments along the way. As she journeys on with her son and daughter-in-law beside her, she truly finds herself. A beautiful and moving piece that has been received well over time, this season was the perfect time to bring it to Broadway.

"Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?"

“Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?”

Edward Albee’s play Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? simply did not run long enough. However, its production, filled with shimmering and sometimes jaw-dropping performances, has finally been honored with these Tony nominations. The play follows the lives of couple Martha and George. During an evening of entertaining guests, their marriage seemingly unravels right before the audience. They begin to use their guests (Nick and Honey) as pawns in their mindlessly frustrating games, and end up involving them in their relationship quarrels. The powerful performances made this one of the most talked-about shows of the season.

My prediction: Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? A rich production with classic characters and dialogue, this revival honored the play’s roots while it took the audience along on an emotional rollercoaster.

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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