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7 Tony-Worthy Dishes for your Inner Theater Geek

June  5, 2015

This Sunday, the casts of the glitziest shows in New York (Wolf Hall Parts One & Two, An American in Paris, and Fun Home, to name a few) will join together in the Radio City Music Hall for the 69th Annual Tony Awards, hosted by Alan Cumming and Kristin Chenoweth. To some, this means a chance to win Broadway's most prestigious award, to others (us), this means eating a spread of food while following (and singing) along from our respective couches. So choose your favorite shows (old and new) and honor them the best way we now how—with more food (please):

An American in Paris, Nominated for Best Musical (2015): This one seems obvious—make a recipe from an American who actually is in Paris.

Steak with Mustard Butter by David Lebovitz

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South Pacific, Winner of Best Musical (1950) and Revival of a Musical (2008): Yes, maybe it would be more appropriate to eat something from Bora Bora or Tahiti, but Bloody Mary is the drink we love.

Rick's Picks Bloody Mary by Rick Field



Something RottenNominated for Best Musical (2015): A salad made of scraps to honor the tongue-in-cheek title of a musical comedy about Shakespeare.

Our "wastED" salad, inspired by Dan Barber


Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Winner of Best Musical (1979): When Sweeney Todd supplements Mrs. Lovett's meat pies, he gets his filling from an unconventional source. Luckily, this one is more traditional.

Turkey Pot Pie for Another Day by Jennifer Ann



Cabaret, Winner of Best Musical (1968) and Best Revival of a Musical (1998): When Herr Schultz, an elderly fruit-shop owner, gives a pineapple to Fräulein Schneider, the owner of a boarding house in World War II Germany, it couldn't please her more.

Maricel E. Presilla's Cuban Avocado, Watercress, and Pineapple Salad by Genius Recipes


On the Town, Nominated for Best Revival of a Musical (2015): Leonard Bernstein's lyrics from "I Can Cook, Too" will have you craving a full meal, but let's start with chicken (or turkey) and gravy. ("Yes, I can roast too,/ My chickens just ooze,/ My gravy will lose you your mind.")

Bacon Bird with Turkey Neck Gravy by aargersi


Oliver!, Winner of Best Original Score (1963): In this bittersweet musical, Oliver's brave request for more gruel sends the young orphan out of the orphanage and onto the streets. This porridge is a whole lot better than gruel—and you can have as much of it as you like, without retribution from Mr. Bumble.

Toasted Almond and Coconut Quinoa Porridge by Gena Hamshaw

What are some of your favorite Broadway shows that reference food? Tell us in the comments below! 

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something R. June 6, 2015
the wastED salad is an Eggcelent idea, but there is only 1 dish worthy of a Something Rotten! fan ~ an OMELETTE!!!! Huzzah for the BEST musical of 2015! Break an egg Sunday night!
Leslie S. June 6, 2015
I'm seeing it next week, so I'll keep an eye out for the omelette reference! Glad you liked it!
Stephanie June 5, 2015
With two food options, The Sound of Music has to be in the mix!

"Cream colored ponies and crisp apple strudel. Doorbells and sleigh bells and schnitzel with noodles..."
Leslie S. June 5, 2015
You're so right!! Good call!