Much chat and drama about what awards aren't given, but should be. This year it was particularly noticeable, as this past season was one that fairly screamed for an award that is no longer to be given - the Special Event Tony. Yes, other seasons might have been a stretch to even find nominees, but this year, there were enough to fill two ballots. I suspect that award will be revisited... (Vote in this weeks poll!)
One year, it was all about the "replacement actor" Tony. And the committee caved, agreed to giving it, but set up some pretty impossible guidelines - the show had to have been running x time, the replacement must have played x performances before consideration, etc. The idea was to keep shows from stunt casting to get awards - the "grab and go," if you will. In other words, Betty Buckley in Sunset Boulevard, yes, 10 weeks of Brooke Shields in Chicago, no. Still, the idea is a good one.
And so, my nominees for Best Ensemble in a Play are: Lend Me a Tenor and Next Fall.
And my nominees for Best Ensemble in a Musical are: American Idiot, Come Fly Away and Sondheim on Sondheim.
Come on, committee, what is two more awards, really? And you'd really help anyone of those shows at the box office with a win, right? And isn't that what it's all about? Oh... that's for another blog...
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