Hugh Jackman smashed house records when he brought his one-man show to Broadway in the fall. Patti LuPone and Mandy Patinkin, who starred in the original 1980 production of “Evita,” reunited on the rialto this season with a joint concert that was hailed by the critics. But neither of these shows was submitted for Tony Awards consideration.
When the Tonys eliminated the Special Theatrical Event category in 2009, productions such as these were allowed to contend in the general races. The staged concerts could have contended for Best Musical while the stars would have vied in the lead acting races. Jackman won Best Musical Actor in 2004 for “The Boy From Oz” while LuPone won Best Musical Actress for both “Evita” and “Gypsy” (2008) and Patinkin picked up the featured trophy for “Evita.”
With 61 and 57 performances respectively, the Jackman and LuPone/Patinkin showcases certainly ran long enough for Tony voters to have attended. Just last season, “The Scottsboro Boys” ran for only 49 performances but reaped 12 Tony nominations, including Best Musical.
Also out of the running is Emmy champ William Shatner‘s one-man show “Shatner’s World: We Just Live in It” which had only 17 performances before shuttering earlier this month.