The Broadway theatre scene sometimes seems to be a constellation of satellites orbiting around a single star: the Tony Awards. These key prizes, presented annually in June, are so sought after that every year sees producers making a mad dash for the "finishing line" of early May, to be eligible for them. So, in the space of roughly four to six weeks, from mid-March to the end of April, Broadway sees its biggest flurry of activity of the entire year.
This year is no exception, and a trip to Broadway during these frantic few weeks is always recommended. You can participate in the wave of gossip and rumor that floods the streets, theatrical hangouts, and the virtual communities of the internet, as the possible hits (and many of the flops) of tomorrow start arriving today to join some of the earlier, already established shows.
So what's on the itinerary for this year's trip?
The action isn't all on Broadway - keep a look out for what's happening Off (and Off-Off) Broadway, too. Whatsonstage.com will be looking at the scene away from Broadway in a future column.