GoldDerby.com raises the question, in light of ''Derren Brown: Secret,'' ''Freestyle Love Supreme,'' ''American Utopia,'' etc.https://www.goldderby.com/article/2019/tony-awards-best-special-theatrical-event-category-news/
I wish it existed for the purpose of awarding things like Oh Hello and The New One and Springsteen. And I'm glad it previously existed so Elaine Stritch could finally win a Tony.That said, my problems are...– There are rarely enough candidates to properly fill out a category without nominating everything. Taking into account shows that ran 3+ weeks in recent years, last year had 2 candidates, 2017-18 had 6, 2016-17 had 1, 2015-16 had 2. In the 11 years that the category existed, only 3 years had 4 nominees, 4 years had 2 or less, and 3 years they didn't give out an award.– The Tony voters have a hard enough time attending things as it is. And if a show only runs a couple weeks, voter attendance is going to be low. (For votig purposes, they'd have to disqualify the one-week stints like Chenoweth and all the "In Residence" shows...probably a 3-4-week minimum)– It could be viewed as an encouragement to bring "entertainments" to Broadway that take away houses from actual plays. Not saying that's right or wrong, but some people have a problem with that (and some shows are more "artful" that others).
good points Ermengarde. Let me add one more: it's not a category. How do you evaluate a magic show, a concert, and an improv in an intellectually meaningful way? You can't. But all of this is just silliness. The owners of the Tonys have no interest.
The idea of the category coming back is just silly. We know that theatres can house more than a traditional play or musical. There were a series of concerts at The Lunt between Summer closing and Tina coming in. And yes, there have been other things of this nature in the past like Springsteen on Broadway or even the weekly series of shows Lewis Black did at the Marquis during the run of On Your Feet. But, that said, just because something plays in a Broadway house doesn't mean it needs an award for it.
There's a Tony for director.There's a Tony for choreographer.That there is no Tony for musical director/ supervisor is just plain insulting and ignorant.
devonian.t said: "There's a Tony for director.There's a Tony for choreographer.That there is no Tony for musical director/ supervisor is just plain insulting and ignorant."Aside from the sem-snarky observation that if you think they deserve an award you can start your own show, I have no problem giving them awards, but by that logic everyone should be eligible for an award. Where do you draw the line?
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