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

By Robert Viagas
09 Jun 2012

Adam Chanler-Berat and Christian Borle in Peter and the Starcatcher.
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April 15, 2012 Peter and the Starcatcher is humor columnist Dave Barry's and Ridley Pearson's imagining of how an orphan boy becomes Peter Pan and how a pirate named The Black Stache becomes Captain Hook.

April 16, 2012 Water by the Spoonful by Quiara Alegría Hudes (In the Heights) wins the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

April 18, 2012 Broadway welcomes the transfer of the National Theatre of Great Britain's high-energy farce, One Man, Two Guvnors, based on Carlo Goldoni's The Servant of Two Masters. James Corden plays the food-loving Francis Henshall, who has the misfortune to be stuck between two murderous criminals.



April 19, 2012 Broadway debut of Bruce Norris' 2011 Pulitzer Prize-winner Clybourne Park, a sequel of sorts to Lorraine Hansberry's 1959 drama A Raisin in the Sun, showing what happens two generations after a black family moves into the all-white Chicago neighborhood of the title.

April 23, 2012 Another London import, Ghost The Musical is a high-tech pop adaptation of the Academy Award-winning 1990 film, about a man who tries from beyond the grave to solve his own murder and protect his sweetheart from a similar fate.

April 24, 2012 Nice Work If You Can Get It is inspired by the 1926 Gershwin musical comedy Oh, Kay!, about romance in Gatsby-era upper-crust Long Island. It stars Matthew Broderick, Kelli O'Hara, Judy Kaye, Jennifer Laura Thompson, Michael McGrath and Estelle Parsons.

April 25, 2012 John Lithgow embodies influential 1960s-era political writer Joseph Alsop in David Auburn's drama, The Columnist.

April 26, 2012 The further misadventures of Robert and Bernard from Marc Camoletti's Tony-winning British sex farce Boeing-Boeing are chronicled in a revival of the same author's Don't Dress For Dinner.

Raúl Esparza in Leap of Faith.
photo by Joan Marcus

April 26, 2012 Raúl Esparza plays a traveling preacher with a lot more than heaven on his mind in Leap of Faith, a musical adaptation of the popular film. It's the second new Alan Menken musical to debut on Broadway in less than a month.

May 1, 2012 Nominees for the 2012 Tony Awards are announced.

May 22, 2012 Actor Michael McKean is injured when he is struck by a car at the intersection of West 86th Street and Broadway. An understudy steps into his role in Gore Vidal's The Best Man; Mark Blum eventually takes over the part, permanently.

May 31, 2011 Broadway ends its most lucrative season on record, selling $1,139,311,457 worth of tickets as of May 27, according to the Broadway League, up 5.4 percent from the previous season. Total attendance is down slightly to 12,334,312, from 12,534,595 in 2010-2011.

June 10, 2012 The 66th Annual Tony Awards are given at the Beacon Theatre.

(Robert Viagas is editor of "The Playbill Broadway Yearbook" series and founder of the news section of Playbill.com. His latest book is "Scales To Scalpels: Doctors Who Practice the Healing Arts of Music and Medicine." Write to him at rviagas@playbill.com.)