Shows That Premiered at Theatre Forward Member Theatres Make a Splash on the Great White Way


Shows from Theatre Forward Member Theatres running on Broadway:

Anastasia – Hartford Stage (Hartford, CT)

Come From Away – Seattle Repertory Theatre (Seattle, WA)

Dear Evan Hansen – Arena Stage (Washington, D.C.)

The Great Comet of 1812 – American Repertory Theater (Cambridge, MA)

The Little FoxesManhattan Theatre Club (New York, NY)

Waitress – American Repertory Theater (Cambridge, MA)

War Paint – Goodman Theatre (Chicago, IL)

This has been an incredible season on Broadway filled with unbelievable performances, 13 new musicals (the most since the 1980-1981 season), wonderful plays, and exciting revivals.

We are very excited that The Great Comet of 1812, Dear Evan Hansen, Come From Away, War Paint, Amélie, Jitney, The Little Foxes, Heisenberg and Anastasia are all nominated during this award season. Besides being incredible productions with brilliant talent, these nine productions have something else in common – they all premiered at our member theatres.

Overall, productions that premiered at our member theatres garnered 46 Tony® nominations and 16 Drama Desk wins as well as Outer Critics Circle and Drama League Awards. We also want to congratulate our member theatre Dallas Theater Center for being selected as the recipient of the 2017 Regional Theatre Tony® Award.

Our mission is devoted to advancing the American theatre and its communities by providing funding and other resources to the country’s leading nonprofit theatres. Often that work is difficult to see on a concrete level as the support we give our member theatres is spread throughout the entirety of their organizations, but this year’s nominations make the importance of regional theatre – and the arts – incredibly clear.

From shows featuring incredible women on and off stage to a musical about the incredible hope and humanity of people in times of need to an emphasis on diversity and the arrival of August Wilson’s Jitney on Broadway, regional theatres are creating work that matters. Regional theatres are trying to continually change the landscape of the American theatre and create performances that reflect and respect the world we are living in today.  And regional theatre, and the art, need our support more now than ever.

With President Trump’s newly released 2018 budget plan calling for the eventual elimination of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and the Assistance for Arts Education program, among others, it is time to make your voice heard.

This is the time of year when theatre is in the national spotlight and you can make a difference. Click here to be redirected to the Americans for the Arts #SaveTheNEA action page to contact your representatives.

You can also get involved with the conversation through the Tony Award campaign Theatre Inspires. Click here to see how theatre inspired this year’s nominees and use #TheatreInspires to share how theatre has inspired you.

Congratulations to all the nominees!

Make sure and tune in to CBS on June 11 at 8/7c to watch Kevin Spacey host the Tony Awards broadcast!