Tony Time: Tony Committee Votes to Expand and Reduce Nominations in Top Award Categories
While the spring 2014 season on Broadway is just fully getting under way, heads are already turning to The Tony Awards after a major announcement today regarding the nominations for several major awards. As the number of productions each season continues to grow and the clarity between some productions as to what category they belongs in blurs, The Tony Award committee has taken control with a brand new rule they have passed which broke to the public today. Today, Luner on Theatre brings you the exciting news that The Tony Awards committee has voted to allow the committee to expand or reduce the number of nominations in several major categories depending on the number of productions each season!
In a brand new decision that broke news earlier today, The Tony Awards committee voted to change the rules regarding the categories involving Best Musical, Best Play, Best Revival of a Musical and Best Revival of a Play. In a year when nine or more productions belonging to a certain category have opened, the committee will be allowed to change the number of nominations for the award from four to five. In years that are deeply short of productions for a particular category, the committee can lower the number of nominations from four to three. The Tony Awards committee voted on this last month and the news broke earlier today by Variety. A spokesperson for The Tony Awards confirmed this as well.
This change marks a major milestone for The Tony Awards as now the number of nominations each year will depend on the number of productions per season. This specifically came about as this year alone, 12 new musicals will have debuted during the 2013-2014 season including Violet and Hedwig And The Angry Inch which are returning productions to New York but have never been mounted on Broadway before. Many assume this rule will apply to the Best Musical category most of all as new musicals or re-mountings of major known productions never before on Broadway continue to trend in the upcoming seasons. This rule would have been one that might have assisted Rodger & Hammerstein’s Cinderella the Musical in being nominated for Best Musical as opposed to Best Musical Revival despite the fact that the productions marketing campaign sold it as the R&H show never before on Broadway.
As previously announced, Hugh Jackman will host The 2014 Tony Awards live from Radio City Music Hall on June 8th, 2014 at 8 PM. This will mark Jackman’s fourth time hosting the ceremony. Click here for Luner on Theatre’s full article on Hugh Jackman hosting The 2014 Tony Awards.
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