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  • Jeffrey Kare
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    Today, it was announced that next year’s Tony Awards will be returning to Radio City Music Hall on Sunday, June 10th, 2018. Not only that, but the Tonys will continue to air on CBS through 2026.

    The official eligibility cut-off date for the 2017-18 Broadway season will be on Thursday, April 26th, 2018. Nominations will then be announced on Tuesday, May 1st, 2018.

    https://www.broadwayworld.com/article/The-Tony-Awards-Will-Return-to-Radio-City-Music-Hall-in-2018-Renewed-with-CBS-Through-2026-20171012

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    adamunc
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    I gripe about this every year, but I really wish they would hold the awards in a Broadway house. I get why it’s at RCMH, but that place is just too huge and the performance numbers tend to get swallowed up and the stage is so large it often makes the staging look off.

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    Alex Meyer
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    According to Michael Riedel (scroll down to the very bottom after clicking the link, since it’s only mentioned as a small tidbit), Bruce Springsteen’s engagement at the Walter Kerr Theatre will extend way past February and he pretty much has got a Special Tony Award in the bag. http://nypost.com/2017/10/17/the-surprising-role-cher-will-play-in-the-mamma-mia-sequel/

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    Jeffrey Kare
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    The Tony Awards Administration Committee just met for the first time this season and has confirmed the eligibility status of the following Broadway productions: 1984, Marvin’s Room, The Terms of My Surrender, Prince of Broadway, and Time and the Conways.
    https://www.broadwayworld.com/article/Breaking-Tony-Awards-Reveal-First-2018-Decisions-1984-Ineligible-Decisions-on-PRINCE-OF-BROADWAY-More-20171109

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    Jeffrey Kare
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    In fact, something I did not notice until a little after my last post is that 1984 has been deemed ineligible for nominations. According to a statement from the Administration Committee, “the show did not fulfill all of the eligibility requirements, as outlined by the Tony Rules and Regulations”.

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    Alex Meyer
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    What were the eligibility requirements that 1984 failed to fulfill? The statement doesn’t say.

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    adamunc
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    The Committee had no comment when asked about 1984’s exclusion. They must have failed to provide sufficient ticket options and/or invitations to all the required parties.

    Not that it had a chance in hell of any nominations anyway.

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    It seems like there are only 2 options as to why they deemed the show ineligible.

    1.) As Jeremy Gerard reports on Deadline: 1 of the 51 member nominating committee did not see the performance. An anonymous source makes the claim, but if this is the case then I fully expect Scott Rudin to tear them a new one. The full nominating committee was not announced at the very start of the season, and 1984 bowed quite early. So its possible someone who was made a member weeks later got left off an invite list…but considering its your job as a nominator to see everything…wouldnt you be like “oh hey i still havent seen this show, maybe i should contact someone before it closes?”. If it boils down to one person, then they should recuse themselves from voting.

    2.) Each production has to submit paperwork to the Tony Awards in the form of a Tony Certification, which basically confirms you are complying with eligibility rules and want to be considered. You must send this in within 16 weeks of opening. Its possible someone forgot to send this in or did not do so by the set deadline. If this oversight is the case, someone just lost their job today.

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    The Times is reporting that the production refused to allow one member of the nominating committee access to the show, for reasons that no one will own up to on the record, but may have to do with previous criticism of Scott Rudin productions by the committee member.

    1984: No Tony for you!

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    SamEckmann
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    Ok y’all this is the most bizarre outcome ever. Did this whole thing stem from…a bad review of “The Social Network”??? Rudin reportedly denied access to Tony nominator Jose Antonio Vargas. I have no idea what the bad blood is there, but denying a nominator access to a play is crazy. And maybe a first?

    https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/10/theater/1984-ineligible-tony-awards-nominator-denied-access.html?smid=tw-share

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    If 1984 isn’t eligible for the Tonys, what about the Outer Critics Circle, Drama League and Drama Desk Awards?

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    As long as voters for those awards groups were able to see the production, its still eligible. This ruling has no effect on other awards bodies.

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