A TONY TIMELINE: The Broadway Shows and Milestones, On Stage and Off, Between June 2011 and June 2012

By Robert Viagas
09 Jun 2012

Jessie Mueller and Harry Connick Jr. in On a Clear Day You Can See Forever.
Photo by Paul Kolnik

December 11, 2011 Director Michael Mayer's radical rethinking of the rarely seen 1965 reincarnation musical On a Clear Day You Can See Forever changes the gender of one of the leading characters from female to male. Harry Connick, Jr. stars as a psychiatrist who finds himself falling in love with the female alter-ego of a male patient. The score by Burton Lane (music) and Alan Jay Lerner (lyrics) is enhanced by classics from their film scores for "On A Clear Day You Can See Forever" and "Royal Wedding." Peter Parnell's new libretto is based on the original book by Lerner.

December 14, 2011 Lysistrata Jones, a peppy new musical by Douglas Carter Beane and Lewis Flynn, transposes the action of the Greek classic Lysistrata from the Peloponnesian Wars to the world of college basketball. Cheerleaders go on a sex strike to force the laid-back hoopsters to buckle down and play like they mean it. Dan Knechtges directs a cast including Patti Murin, Josh Segarra and Lindsay Nicole Chambers.

December 31, 2011 The Addams Family musical closes after 722 performances. (A touring production, featuring revisions to the script and score, had launched in September.)

January 3, 2012 Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark rings in the New Year with the highest grossing week in Broadway history‚ $2,941,790‚ far outdistancing the previous record of $2,228,235 set by Wicked in 2011. The show is helped to that mark by playing an extra performance, and selling out virtually every seat during the week, many at premium prices. The attendance of 17,375 people is also the highest single-week attendance for any single show in Broadway history.

January 8, 2012 The Tony-winning musical Billy Elliot closes after a run of 1,312 performances.

Audra McDonald and Norm Lewis in The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess.
photo by Michael J. Lutch

January 12, 2012 Diane Paulus' shortened and rewritten The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess arrives on Broadway with Norm Lewis and Audra McDonald in the title roles of a "crippled" beggar and a scarlet woman who find love in the close-knit black enclave of Catfish Row in Charleston, South Carolina. The production, which runs an hour shorter than the full operatic version, also features David Alan Grier, Joshua Henry, Nikki Rene Daniels and NaTasha Yvette Williams.

January 17, 2012 Rosemary Harris, Jim Dale and Carla Gugino star in the Broadway debut of Athol Fugard's The Road to Mecca, about an aging female sculptor in South Africa.

January 24, 2012 The planned spring debut of the musical Rebecca suffers the same fate as the Funny Girl revival. Producers postpone the production when financing falls through. The adaptation of the classic film was to have starred Sierra Boggess. By March, the producers announce the show will be rescheduled to fall 2012.

January 26, 2012 The Broadway premiere of Margaret Edson's Pulitzer Prize-winning play Wit, starring Cynthia Nixon.