Good morning on this radiant Friday.
California has the Oscars, Golden Globes and Emmys.
But New York has the Tonys.
The awards are truly our city’s own, beginning as a dinner at the Waldorf Astoria in 1947 and continuing, in the decades that followed, at the Plaza, the Astor, the Rainbow Room and, eventually, Broadway theaters.
This year’s show, on Sunday at Radio City Music Hall, will be different than recent years’ productions.
The New York Times theater reporter Michael Paulson gave us five reasons to tune in.
1. You, too, can see a winner.
The last two big winners at the Tony Awards, “Hamilton” and “Dear Evan Hansen,” were already very tough tickets even before they were named best new musical in 2016 and 2017, Mr. Paulson said.
“But if you want to see this year’s likely winner, ‘The Band’s Visit,’ you can,” he told us. “It’s selling well, but not sold out, and it’s also still possible to get tickets for the other nominees in this category, which are ‘Frozen,’ ‘Mean Girls’ and ‘SpongeBob SquarePants.’”
2. None of the nominees for best new musical are original.
All four contenders for best new musical were adapted from previous material: “The Band’s Visit,” “Frozen” and “Mean Girls” all began as movies, and “SpongeBob” as a television show.
3. There’s a new category this year.
In 2014, the Tony Awards stopped recognizing sound designers, saying the category was too specialized. “But there was an outcry,” Mr. Paulson said, “and this year the category is back, both for plays and musicals.”
4. The Times will be represented.
Sara Krulwich, the longtime theater photographer for The New York Times, was recognized earlier this week with a Tony honor for excellence in the theater — the first journalist to be so honored.
5. This is the first Tony Awards show since the #MeToo era.
“What a difference a year makes,” Mr. Paulson said. “Last year, the Tonys were hosted by Kevin Spacey, who months later saw his career implode over accusations of sexual misconduct. This year’s ceremony is the first of the #MeToo era, and it will be interesting to see how the issue is reflected on the red carpet and inside Radio City Music Hall.”
Here’s what else is happening:
Your weekend sandwich: two slices of sunshine, with rain in the middle.
Eighties and sunny today and 70s and sunny Sunday, with a chance of showers and thunderstorms on Saturday.
We’d call that decent, but not delicious.
In the News
• The New Jersey Legislature voted to legalize sports betting, creating a new source of revenue for the state. [New York Times]
• Preet Bharara, the former U.S. attorney in Manhattan, has registered to vote as a Democrat — a necessary step that may hint toward joining the race for attorney general. [New York Times]
• You’ve been spelling the Verrazano Bridge’s name wrong all these years. A bill just passed to address that. [New York Times]
• The lawsuit over these costumes is, well, just bananas. [New York Times]
• City leaders have agreed to use city funds to provide reduced-fare MetroCards to low-income subway and bus riders. [New York Times]
• President Trump’s team of lawyers asked a federal judge to keep their objections under seal in connection with the investigation of Michael Cohen. [New York Times]
• In an indictment, a doctor in Queens was accused of unlawfully prescribing opiates and charged in the deaths of three patients. [New York Times]
• The city’s medical examiner’s office said that the death of Kate Spade was a suicide. [New York Times]
• Philip George, an interior designer of some of Manhattan’s most elegant restaurants, has died at 94. [New York Times]
• A councilman in Park Slope is proposing that motorists who break traffic laws must be retrained in driving rules. [The Brooklyn Paper]
• Plans are in the works for a Nutella Cafe in Manhattan. [am New York]
• Today’s Metropolitan Diary: “MetroCard Blues”
• For a global look at what’s happening, see Your Morning Briefing.
Coming Up Today
• “Brooklyn Americana Music Festival: Unplugged,” an outdoor acoustic music series in June, at the Pier 3 granite terrace along the waterfront in Brooklyn Bridge Park. 6 p.m. [Free]
• A monthly fireside gathering — with stories, food, stargazing and dancing — in the Abrons Arts Center amphitheater on the Lower East Side. 7 p.m. [Free]
• Yankees vs. Mets, 7:10 p.m. (YES).
• Watch “The New York Times Close Up,” featuring the lawyer Norman Siegel, former executive director of the New York Civil Liberties Union, and other guests. Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 1:30 p.m. and Sunday at 12:30 p.m. on CUNY-TV.
• Alternate-side parking remains in effect until June 15.
• Westside Eats, a food festival offering bites from Hell’s Kitchen eateries, by Pier 86 at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., through Sunday. [Free admission]
• New York City F.C. hosts Atlanta United F.C., 12:30 p.m. (YES). New York Red Bulls at Columbus Crew F.C., 5 p.m. (ESPN). Yankees vs. Mets, 7:15 p.m. (FOX).
• The Big Apple Barbecue Block Party brings some of the country’s top grill pitmasters to Madison Square Park. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., through Sunday. [Free admission]
• TriviaNYC hosts a Tony Awards watch party and trivia competition at Q.E.D. in Astoria, Queens. 8 p.m. [$ 5]
• Liberty host Fever, 3 p.m. Yankees vs. Mets, 8:08 p.m. (ESPN).
• For more events, see The New York Times’s Arts & Entertainment guide.
Theater ticket prices might not be as steep as in past years, but they are still far from cheap. Thankfully, there are several ways to hear songs or see acts from top Broadway shows for free this summer.
Broadway in the Boros, a program run by the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment, brings music from “A Bronx Tale” and “Come From Away” to Brooklyn on June 15; “Once on This Island” and “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical” to Queens on June 29; “The Band’s Visit” and “Wicked” to Staten Island on July 13; and “SpongeBob SquarePants” and “Kinky Boots” to the Bronx on July 27.
And for those in Manhattan, Broadway in Bryant Park will take place in Midtown from July 12 to Aug. 16 — the lineup will be announced in the coming weeks.
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