There are only 18 eligible shows – about half the number competing in the most recent seasons – including four new musicals, 10 new songs and four covers of songs. No musical revival has been opened during the eligibility period (April 26, 2019 to February 19, 2020), this category will therefore be eliminated.
Among the main contenders for the awards are two jukeboxes: “Moulin Rouge! The Musical !, ”which was adapted from the 2001 Baz Luhrmann film, and“ Jagged Little Pill, ”which was inspired by songs from the 1995 Alanis Morissette album.
The competition for the best new play is expected to be led by Jeremy O. Harris’ ‘Slave Play’, which explores the lingering legacy of slavery through a provocative and comedic look at an imaginary group therapy retreat for interracial couples. ; “The Inheritance” by Matthew Lopez, which, inspired by the novel “Howards End”, explores the legacy of the AIDS crisis through the experience of two generations of homosexual New Yorkers; and “The Sound Inside” by Adam Rapp, which deals with the relationship between a writing teacher with cancer (played by Mary-Louise Parker) and a precocious student.