Will Best Original Score Be Televised This Year?

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  • Jeffrey Kare
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    At last year’s Tony Awards, history was made when Jeanine Tesori and Lisa Kron became the first all female writing team to win Best Original Score, and a lot of people were angry that it was only presented during commercials. Doug Wright (who’s the president of the Dramatists Guild of America) wrote to CBS asking if they could find some ways of putting the writing categories back on the air, even explaining that the Emmys don’t throw their writing categories under the bus, and neither do the Oscars.

    This year’s nominees for Best Original Score are all pretty mainstream (Steve Martin & Edie Brickell, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Andrew Lloyd Webber, and Sara Bareilles), so I think it’s likely that they could present the award on the air.

    What do you guys think?

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    adamunc
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    I was thinking about this the other day. I’d be shocked if it wasn’t this year. There seems to be a renewed focus on writing in general anyway, with the Drama Desks initially scuttling the category of Best Book, then reversing course and announcing nominees after an outcry, plus the Fun Home travesty last year. So with the names in Score this year, it makes no sense not to put it on air.

    Speaking of the telecast, here’s what I think would be hilarious: if Hamilton told CBS they didn’t see any need to pay $200,000+ to perform on the Tonys, since they can’t print enough tickets to meet demand anyway.

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    SamEckmann
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    I’ll be pretty pissed if they don’t televise it. In years past they would alternate the score and book awards in terms of which one made it on the telecast. The decision to scrap both of them last year was ridiculous. Each nominee had an awesome narrative (first female duo to win, celebrated singer who stepped into the cast to save his show, a brother composing team with a bway hit on their first attempt, and the final Kander and Ebb score). It is indeed like picturing the Oscars and Emmys w/o screenplay awards or the Grammys without Best Song.

    I would suspect they’ll include at least score this time b/c its guaranteed to get Lin-Manuel on stage. And even if by some blue moon/solar eclipse/time warp/black magic he somehow loses the category, the uber popular Sara Bareilles would be the one to pick up the award. Since I am not predicting any black magic stopping Miranda from winning both awards, they’d be fools to leave both categories out.

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    KyleBailey
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    It’s too star studded to put off the show. Honestly they should increase the show an hour. The Tonys don’t have the same divisive problem with the Oscars because they are constantly entertaining you with performances intertwined but not too overstuffed like the Grammys are where only like 5 awards are given out in a 3 hour broadcast

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    Zooey the Dreamer
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    I so wish they could extend the show by an hour this year and televise every fucking award. If you ask me, Book and Score should be a part of the main show every year. I’m bored of acting awards. I also hope they would revisit some major Musical winners over the years. After all it’s the 70th Tonys. Especially with HAMILTON being the lock it is, the 40th year reunion of A CHORUS LINE could be something to consider. I doubt the actors would refuse to appear on stage and present an award.

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    Jeffrey Kare
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    I’ve been thinking they could get several past winners to present some of the awards.

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    Jeffrey Kare
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    Well, after being presented during commercials two years in a row, the award for Best Original Score was presented by Carole King on the air this year!

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    Zooey the Dreamer
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    I was terribly disappointed by the way they treated the telecast. It was the 70th anniversary of the Tonys and they ignored that. And with this being the 40th anniversary of the big A Chorus Line Tony night, I expected something! Anything!

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    Jeffrey Kare
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    Well, maybe if the original production of A Chorus Line was still running on Broadway, they would’ve done something.

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