Variety reports a potentially big change in Tony Rules – the 4 production categories (Musical, Play, revivals) may have as many as 5 nominees if the total number of eligible productions in each category is at least 9.
That’ll be every category except Best Revival of a Musical this season.
It won’t happen, however, unless during the nominating process, a fifth contender gets the same or near the same number of votes as the fourth-place finisher.
There is also an option to reduce the number of nominees to 3 if there are fewer than 9 eligible productions.
Woah, thanks for posting Benedick. If we had tog uess at this early stage, Id say the category that would most liekly get bumped up to 5 is Revival of a Play. That one seems to have the fiercest competition (the two rep companies, Menagerie, Raisin in the Sun, Machinal, Inishmaan, Mice and Men) and has productions that are different enough that each is likely to have a strong contingent of supporters.
The possible change to 3 nominees likely goes along the lines of “just because theres only a few of you doesnt mean you automatically get a nomination” for races like this years revival of a musical.
It could also affect Best Play since the plays eligible are very thin this year….
Are No Man’s Land and Waiting For Godot – and Richard III and Twelfth Night – all going to be considered as separate revivals or will they be combined?
Thanks for the information!
Thin meaning you think theyll go to 5 for best play? Its hard to call since many of the new plays havent opened yet. So while the only new play thus far to earn good reviews is Outside Mullingar, we have no idea the quality of whats yet to come. But there will be 10 new plays this season, so they cant drop it down to three. And if not many are outstanding productions, its likely they would keep it at 4 since not enough plays would muster up enough passionate support for a fifth nom.
In terms of the two rep productions: based on the wording of the press releases from the Tony nominating comittee, it seems like they will be viewed as separate productions. At least when it comes to acting (for instance Rylance is eligible under lead for Richard III and featured for Twelfth Night). While it was a little unclear to me if this extended to design categories as well, the overall language they used indicated that they were looking at these productions separately for nominations.