Solution to Where's Antoinette?

by Joel Corbo and Allen Rabinovich

This puzzle consists of six entries from a journal. Each entry has a date, and describes a series of events experienced by the journal author.

Each sentence in each entry clues a piece of the plot of a Broadway show nominated for a Tony Award for Best Musical, Best Play, Best Revival of a Musical, or Best Revival of a Play. The shows clued in a given entry all opened during the same Broadway season, and the date of the entry is the date for the Tony Awards that season.

Each show opened at a particular theater. On a map of Broadway, connect the theaters clued in the order given in the entry (as in connect-the-dots), and notice that each entry produces a letter. When ordered chronologically by season, the letters spell the answer: BOTTOM.

Here are the entries, in journal order:

6/1: 1997 Tony Awards (T)
Titanic				Lunt Fontanne
Annie				Martin Beck (now Hirschfeld)
Chicago				Richard Rodgers
The Last Night of Ballyhoo	Helen Hayes

6/2: 1996 Tony Awards (O)
Hello, Dolly!			Lunt Fontanne
Rent				Nederlander
Inherit the Wind		Royale (now Jacobs)
Seven Guitars			Walter Kerr
A Midsummer Night's Dream	Lunt Fontanne

6/5: 2005 Tony Awards (O)
Gem of the Ocean		Walter Kerr
La Cage Aux Folles		Marquis
Spamalot			Shubert
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels		Imperial
Doubt				Walter Kerr

6/8: 2003 Tony Awards (T)
Enchanted April			Belasco
Man of La Mancha		Martin Beck (now Hirschfeld)
Gypsy				Shubert
A Day in the Death of Joe Egg	American Airlines

6/10: 2007 Tony Awards (M)
Curtains			Hirschfeld	
Spring Awakening		Eugene O'Neill
A Chorus Line			Schoenfeld
The Little Dog Laughed		Cort
Inherit the Wind		Lyceum

6/12: 1994 Tony Awards (B)
Cyrano the Musical		Neil Simon
Passion				Plymouth (now Schoenfeld)
Damn Yankees			Marquis
Beauty and the Beast		Palace
Grease!				Eugene O'Niell