“In the Heights”, the latin flavored Hip-Hop play topped the list of Tony nominations with 13 and “Passing Strange”, the critically acclaimed Black rock Broadway show, was nominated for 7 Tony’s. Both shows feature a cast that you would normally see on MTV or BET but not on Broadway. But with nods from the industry both show have set themselves up to be the big shows of 2008 before the mega productions come in the Fall.
“In the Heights” has a huge fan base and the usage of Hip-hop and salsa music attract those who would not normally go to the theater. Passing Strange mixes Black Rock with a very deep story line and it’s been pure magic on the stage and with the Broadway fans.
The creators of both shows, Stew and Lin-Manuel Miranda, took home Tony’s for their creations. But the actors of both shows where beaten out by vet. actors of the stage. But regardless if both shows don’t win any more Tony awards it’s good to see Broadway making a big change from the conventional sing-song shows.