DENVER (CBS4)– There are two very different shows fighting it out for the top prize of Best Musical in this year’s nominations for the Tony Awards.
This is important for theater lovers in Denver because it gives them a hint of what will be coming to the Buell Theatre in a few years.
The big musical that’s getting most of the attention this year is “Kinky Boots.” It’s the story of a young man trying to save his shoe company by making fantastic stilettos for drag queens.
The book was written by Broadway veteran Harvey Fierstein and the music was written by Cyndy Lauper.
Kinky Boots received 13 Tony nominations.
“Matilda- The Musical” is a British import that is a musical version of the classic story by Roald Dahl in which a young girl with special powers battles the evil Miss Trunchbull at her school.
“Matilda” received 12 Tony nominations.
The revival of “Pippin” the 1972 Broadway musical that dropped under the radar is taking stage once again as Bob Fosse envisioned it. “Pippin” received Tony 10 nominations.
The Tonys will be presented on CBS4 on June 9 presented by Radio City Music Hall in New York City.
– Greg Moody is CBS4’s Critic At Large. His reports on CBS4 News are featured on the CBSDenver.com Entertainment section.