Are long-closed shows truly cursed at the Tonys?

Most Tony pundits are quick to write off the hopes of a nominee if the show has been closed for a while. But is that really a fair assumption to make?

Productions that closed just weeks before the Tonys are still fresh in the minds of voters. For example, in 2007 “The Coast of Uptopia” won a record seven Tonys on June 10, four weeks after shuttering on May 13. But if we focus just on productions that were closed for a good while prior to Tonys night, yes, it seems like they had little chance of triumphing. Below are a few of the exceptions. The Tonys are usually awarded in the first half of June each year.


“The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby,” Best Play: closed January 3, 1982.

“Travesties,” Best Play: closed March 13, 1976.

“Hallelujah, Baby!,” Best Musical: closed January 13, 1968.


Julie White, Best Actress (Play), “The Little Dog Laughed”: closed Feb. 18, 2007.

Michele Pawk, Best Featured Actress (Play), “Hollywood Arms”: closed Jan. 5, 2003.

Patricia Routledge, Best Actress (Musical), “Darling of the Day”: closed Feb. 24, 1968.

Dolores Gray, Best Actress (Musical), “Carnival in Flanders”: closed (after six performances) Sept. 12, 1953.

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