Harry Potter and the Cursed Child on Broadway

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Tony Awards 2018: Longer Shows Make Their Way into the Competition

June 07, 2018 - 4:58 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- Many of this year’s Tony Award nominees have running times on the longer side.

From start to finish, Broadway shows are typically an hour and a half to two hours. However, some of this year’s nominees more than double that time.

As Jeffrey Lyons explained, “Angels in America,” a two-part play that landed 11 nominations, has a running time of 7 hours and 40 minutes. Part one, “Millennium Approaches” is three and a half hours, and “Perestroika,” part two, adds another four hours to the show. Audience members can choose to either watch both parts in one day, or view them over the course of two days.

In addition, “Harry Potter and the Curse of Child” is a two part show, with the first part running for two hours and twenty minutes and the second being two hours and fifteen minutes, not including two twenty minute intermissions.

Eugene O’Neill’s “The Iceman Cometh” with Denzel Washington runs for four hours, but it’s only one play – and that’s the edited version.

These shows take an enormous chance relying on audiences’ staying power and the precious commodity nowadays called attention spans.

At the other end of the spectrum is the riveting “Three Tall Women,” which is 90 minutes without an intermission.

We'll have more on this year's nominees leading up to the Tony Awards, airing Sunday, June 10 on CBS.