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That’s Gross: Catch Them While You Can

The Tonys are Sunday… aaahh! Are you excited yet? We sure as hell are. For example, our Once the Musical party hats and streamers — they’re all black, very moody and chic — are ready to go.

But as we all know, it’s going to be hard to get tickets for certain shows after the ceremony. Everyone in town will be scrambling to see and re-see the big winners, plus the summer tourists will have descended by then like a swarm of Reebok-wearing locusts. If you run,though, you may still have a chance at snagging a good seat to a would-be Tony-winning show. Here are five tickets to buy… before June 10.

One Man, Two Guvnors filled 67.9% of its house, a 9.9% drop from the week before. But it did well at the Drama Desks over the weekend, winning awards for the snuggly James Corden, Tom Edden, and composer Grant Olding. If the Drama Desks are any predictor of Tony success, you might want to go sooner rather than later. Plus, the show features an adorable skiffle band called The Craze, so why wouldn’t you want to see it?

Peter and the Starcatcher played at 65.8% capacity (down from 78.1%) last week. It’s the most-nominated play of the season with nine nominations, so it’s bound to pick up a few awards. While the Pulitzer Prize-winning Clybourne Park will probably take best play, Starcatcher is a well-received show and could pull out an upset. And if we’re being ultra-cynical — God knows, we’d never do that — Starcatcher‘s recently announced national tour could prove to be irresistible Tony voter bait. With Tony wins, we think the tourists could “discover” this show, too. It’s good clean fare for the brats, after all.

The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess is at 60.9% capacity, down from 73.5%. Audra McDonald looks like she’s good to win Best Actress in a Musical, as she did at the Drama Desks, so we expect many more of those seats to be filled.

Venus in Fur is closing on June 17, so there are only a couple of weeks to see it, no matter how many Tonys it picks up. Nina Arianda has a shot at winning Best Actress in a Play, so if she wins, it may be hard to get tickets for the last week of the run. But since the Lyceum was only 53.1% full last week, we’re guessing the box office will gladly take your calls.

The last show on our list is End of the Rainbow, but for a different reason. It’s filling 52.9% of its house and even if Tracie Bennett does win a Tony for Best Actress in a Play, this little play about a serious subject could remain a tough sell. This show has already been announced for the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles in the spring of 2013, so its life beyond Broadway is secure. But as the Phantom once said, in all his wisdom, “Go now!”

So, there you have it. Have fun at your Tony Awards party and when you’re standing in a rush line at 4 in the morning in a few weeks, don’t say we didn’t warn you.

Grosses are provided courtesy of The Broadway League. Click here to read this week’s complete list of grosses.

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