Tony Time: New York Theatres Now Eligible to Receive Regional Tony Award

tonyawards-328x253-328-254The 2013 Tony Awards may have just ended but that is not stopping the Tony Awards committee from already beginning to plan for next year and many years to come. As each year comes and passes, many of the roles or details of certain awards change depending on what the Tony Awards committee believes will help American Theatre best. Earlier today, a major announcement came forth regarding one of the special Tony Awards. Today, Luner on Theatre brings you the exciting news that New York Theatres, outside of Broadway, will now be eligible to receive the Regional Theatre Tony Award in future years to come.

101Y2P.St.4Every year, in a group of noncompetitive categories, The Tony Awards committee awards a Regional Theatre Tony Award to one selected theatre somewhere in the country. The American Theatre Wing Critic Association helps recommend which theatre is selected each year for the Tony Award. This past year, Huntington Theatre Company in Boston, Massachusetts received the award. They are pictured at right receiving their Tony Award this past Sunday at Radio City Music Hall.

The first theatre to receive the honor was the Arena Stage in Washington D.C. in the year 1973. Since then, well known regional venues such as the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco, Hartford Stage in Hartford, Connecticut and the American Reparatory Theatre in Cambridge, Massachusetts have also received the honor. Click here for an official list of all the Tony Award winning Regional Theatre venues.

Charlotte+St+Martin+2013+Tony+Awards+Eve+Cocktail+zqLbavrRWk4lHowever, up until today, there was a rule in place that only theatres located across the country could be honored with this award. Today, that all chnaged forever. The Tony Awards Committee announced earlier today that theatres located in New York City could now be considered eligible for the Regional Theatre Tony Award. Word broke earlier today from Charlotte St. Martin (Executive Director of The Broadway League) and Heather Hitchens (Executive Director of the American Theatre Wing). Both are pictured to the left.

When asked about the historic choice, both of the women responded together in a statement saying;

“The Tony Awards support excellence in the theatre – from home town community theatre to Broadway. The Regional Theatre Award honors artistic achievement contributing to the growth of theatre nationally. New York has some of the most prestigious and creative theatre groups in the country and we are thrilled to include the New York theatre community in this category.”

Such exciting news for all New York based theatre companies! Who do you think will be the first New York City company to win? Tell us what you think! I think it is a fabulous choice for the Tony Awards committee to allow New York based companies the chance to receive the Tony Award for Regional Theatre. So many companies and organizations come to New York so they can find themselves in the middle of the arts capital of America and have never before had the chance to such a honor. From now on and for many years to come, the playing field has equaled out.

Just because the 2013 Tony Awards is over doesn’t mean our coverage is! Our final day of coverage for the 2013 Tony Awards is today! Look for our last Tony related posts later today and some of our final thoughts as another amazing theatre season in New York comes to an end. Visit Luner on Theatre’s Tony Time Page for all of our 2013 Tony Awards Coverage so far! For more information, check out The Tony Awards Official Website! Be sure to check Luner on Theatre on Facebook and Follow Us on Twitter as well! We are constantly updating these pages with information! And of course, check out the rest of Luner on Theatre for all your theatre news you don’t only need but want to know!

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