Footlights

The 2018 Tony Awards have come, and as of 11 pm on June 10, gone, leaving behind big winners (“The Band’s Visit” leads the pack) and some disappointing losers (“My Fair Lady” and “SpongeBob SquarePants,” among them). Let’s give one more Tony shout-out before the hoopla starts all over again one year from now when it’s the 2018-2019 season’s turn to bask in the limelight.

KATRINA LENK, TONY LOVES YOU

And so do we. The newly crowned Queen of Broadway, Katrina Lenk was named Best Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical for her role as Dina, the seductively beautiful, melancholic café owner in a remote village deep in the Israeli desert. What does Lenk like about Dina? “I like that she is unapologetically herself,” she told us. “And that she is a good person, maybe not always a ‘nice’ person, but a GOOD person.” Onstage, as Dina, Lenk sings powerful songs by fellow Tony winner Tony Yazbek (and let’s not put too fine a point on it, but the show itself triumphed in 10 of its 11 nominations, including the top prize: Best Musical of 2018). Offstage, she feels the beat of NYC. “There is music everywhere,” she says. “The sound of traffic, the rhythm of trains, heels clicking on the concrete, all the different languages spoken around you. In the subways, the buskers and street musicians. Sometimes there’s a man who sits in the Times Square station and plays an erhu, a traditional Chinese two-string instrument, which is a remarkable thing to hear amid the rattling of modernity.”  |  Ethel Barrymore Theatre, 243 W. 47th St., 212.239.6200

CATCH THEM WHILE YOU CAN

If you’re thinking of taking in a 2018 Tony Award-winning show, be advised: Many are in their final performances. Check out these winners before they check out of town:

• “Three Tall Women”: Glenda Jackson and Laurie Metcalf, Best Actress in a Leading Role in a Play and Best Actress in a Featured Role in a Play, respectively, are out of here when the show closes on June 24. This is arguably Edward Albee’s finest play, and these two actresses do it justice. NOT to be missed.  |  John Golden Theatre, 252 W. 45th St., 212.239.6200 

• “Angels in America”: Tony’s Best Revival of a Play is a masterwork, and at nearly eight hours (yes, the play is in two parts) the most stimulating drama on the boards. But the show decamps on July 15. And with it go Andrew Garfield and Nathan Lane, 2018’s Best Actor in a Leading Role in a Play and Best Actor in a Featured Role in a Play. Both men are beyond brilliant: Garfield performs as we have never seen him do before, and Lane is nothing less than a National Treasure.  |  Neil Simon Theatre, 250 W. 52nd St., 877.250.2929  

TONY AWARD SURVIVOR

Losing out in the Tony Awards sweepstakes doesn’t make an actor, designer or show a loser. The opposite can be the case. “Come From Away” may have ceded the Tony Award for Best Musical of 2017 to “Dear Evan Hansen,” but the show is a winner in so many other ways. Now in its second year on Broadway (it officially opened on March 12, 2017, after a month of previews), “Come From Away” is a crowd-pleaser and a huge financial success, having recouped its initial investment of $12 million in less than eight months—no mean feat for a show whose moniker is “the little show that could.” And does. From an unlikely premise for a musical—the immediate aftermath of 9/11 in a small town in Newfoundland, Canada—a classic was born. Had I been a Tony voter, it would have had my vote.  |  Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre, 236 W. 45th St., 212.239.6200