March 7, 2020 at 4:40 am #1203373900
Or maybe Diana will show up in more categories that necessary as filler like Beetlejuice last year. That’s partly why I’m currently predicting the former show to receive a Best Score nomination kind of as a placeholder. Not to mention that it does have the cache of being written by the Tony-winning team behind Memphis. Then again, I could see this year being one of those instances where two play scores get nominated due to a lack of well-regarded musical scores.March 8, 2020 at 8:19 am #1203374812
One thing’s for sure: I am NOT predicting Amar Ramasar for West Side Story. Even though I technically haven’t seen the show, I think based on his personal actions, he should not be nominated. Otherwise, I’m going to add him to the list here. https://www.goldderby.com/forum/theater/most-baffling-and-or-infuriating-tony-nominations/March 8, 2020 at 8:41 am #1203374823
Even if Amar Ramasar didn’t have these personal actions from his past, I still doubt he’d have much of a shot at a nomination. While George Chakiris did win the Oscar for playing Bernardo in the 1961 film adaptation of West Side Story, the role itself has never even been nominated by the Tonys. Although the current Broadway revival does use the movie’s interpretation of the song ‘America’ by including the Shark boys along with the girls (which might’ve been what helped Chakiris win the Oscar), I think Isaac Powell, Shereen Pimentel, and Yesenia Ayala are much more likely to receive acting nominations than Amar.March 12, 2020 at 5:26 am #1203379042
With the shutdown of Broadway likely imminent, should the American Theatre Wing consider suspending the 2020 Tony Awards and extending eligibility out to April 2021 and having the next ceremony in June of that year?
Drastic times, uncharted waters.March 12, 2020 at 5:37 am #1203379046
Or they could cancel the ceremony and instead do a conference like the Golden Globes did one year during the writers’ strike.March 12, 2020 at 5:46 am #1203379057
We may never get to see a large percentage of this season’s planned shows. Given the limited number of viable candidates currently eligible in many categories, any winners would always have an asterisk by their wins. It’s almost like they would win by default. Though it would probably be great news for Moulin Rouge!
There’s also the logistical piece of a very limited number of voters and nominators having seen the eligible candidates.
I know the Broadway League is trying to keep things open, but with epidemiologists recommending social distancing, major sports organizations cancelling games and many cities banning public gatherings, it just seems irresponsible to continue operating right now.March 12, 2020 at 8:05 am #1203379197
In response to the coronavirus, the mayor of New York City, Bill de Blasio, said to CNN today that “I don’t want to see Broadway go dark if we can avoid it. I want to see if we can strike some kind of balance. What we’re trying to figure out: is there a way to reduce the capacity, reduce the number of people? If we cannot strike that balance, of course, we can go to closure.”
https://deadline.com/2020/03/broadway-coronavirus-guidelines-coming-new-york-mayor-bill-de-blasio-1202880828/March 12, 2020 at 8:17 am #1203379214
My question for the mayor is, what exactly is the “safe” number of people to gather and how did you derive that? My work is currently prohibiting gatherings of more than 50 people. I’m not sure what it is about that 51st person that pushes things over the tipping point. It makes no sense.March 12, 2020 at 8:24 am #1203379225
My question for the mayor is, what exactly is the “safe” number of people to gather and how did you derive that? My work is currently prohibiting gatherings of more than 50 people. I’m not sure what it is about that 51st person that pushes things over the tipping point. It makes no sense.
I can actually answer that since I live in NY. They always throw out two numbers at us like we know how many seats are in a restaurant/movie theather/whatever: 1)200 or more and 2)150. Oh and we r to avoid crowded subway cars……ITS NYC THEY ALL ARE CROWDED.March 12, 2020 at 12:54 pm #1203379518
With the closure of broadway impacting several opening shows, I wonder how this is going to affect the Tonys…March 12, 2020 at 3:25 pm #1203379624
I see Broadway being closed longer than the April 12th date they gave. If that is the case, they will either postpone it for a couple months or cancel it altogether.March 12, 2020 at 4:05 pm #1203379654
If I were in charge of the Tonys, I would at least look into postponing the awards for a month or two.March 12, 2020 at 4:24 pm #1203379671
I imagine we’ll see the Tonys postponed until July or August. The only other time an award show did something like this in recent memory was the Emmys back in 2001, when due to 9/11, the ceremony was pushed from September to October, and then from October to November following the invasion of Afghanistan.March 12, 2020 at 8:34 pm #1203379828
If I were in charge of the Tonys, I would at least look into postponing the awards for a month or two.
This is all dependent upon the fact that shows get to open. If the stoppage lasts longer than a month, which is very feasible, then it looks like some may not make it to Broadway or others will have to close. Postponing them a month or two doesn’t seem to be enough. If Six, Flying Over Sunset, and Mrs. Doubtfire can’t open because of this then would you really want Best Musical to go to Moulin Rouge or Girl from the North Country just by default? It cheapens the award.March 13, 2020 at 6:14 am #1203380112
Personally, I hope that the show still goes on in June. Honestly, this season felt relatively lackluster to me anyway and wasn’t personally anticipating any new productions to really shake things up. I also hope that this may serve as a wakeup call to producers stacking so many productions at the end of the season, when it’s been proven several times in recent years that shows that open earlier in the season can still be remembered come Tony time.
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