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Tuesday, March 4, 2014

The New Tony Nominations Rule: What If...?

You've probably read about the new rule adopted by the Tony Awards Administration Committee regarding the number of nominees in the four major categories.  Simply, it states that if nine or more eligible shows in the Best Play, Best Musical, Best Revival of a Play or Best Revival of a Musical categories open in a season, the committee may choose to nominate up to five shows in those categories.  Also, if there are five or fewer eligible nominees for those categories, the committee may choose to nominate only three shows.  These new rules will come into play as soon as this season.

There are some unknowns at this point:

  • Hedwig and the Angry Inch: New musical or revival?
  • Violet: New musical or revival?
  • Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill: Play or musical? New or Revival?
  • The Cripple of Inishmaan: New play or revival?


Even not including any of those in any category, at least 12 new musicals, 10 new plays, and 12 play revivals will have opened.  No matter how these unknowns work out, there won't have been enough musical revivals to add a nominee beyond the typical four.

So, in the last five seasons, who would you have picked for the 5th nominee?  My choices are below.  Write in or Tweet me with your choices!

Best Revival of a Play: All My Sons
Best Musical: [title of show]
NOMINEES/WINNER
POSSIBLE 5TH NOMINEE/MY CHOICE FOR 5TH NOMINEE
2008 – 2009
BEST PLAY
Only 8 eligible new plays opened, so new rule wouldn't apply.
BEST MUSICAL
10 eligible new musicals opened.
Billy Elliot
9 to 5
A Tale of Two Cities

Next to Normal
13
[title of show]

Rock of Ages
The Story of My Life
White Christmas

Shrek: The Musical



BEST PLAY REVIVAL
15 eligible play revivals opened.
Joe Turner’s Come and Gone
Accent on Youth
Equus
The Philanthropist
Mary Stuart
All My Sons
Exit the King
The Seagull
The Norman Conquests
Blithe Spirit
Hedda Gabler
Speed-the-
Plow
Waiting for Godot
Desire Under the Elms
A Man for All Seasons

BEST MUSICAL REVIVAL
Only 4 eligible musical revivals opened, so new rule wouldn't apply.

Best Play: Superior Donuts
Best Musical: Come Fly Away
NOMINEES/WINNER
POSSIBLE 5TH NOMINEE/MY CHOICE FOR 5TH NOMINEE
2009 - 2010
BEST PLAY
11 eligible new plays opened.
In the Next Room
After Miss Julie
Race

Next Fall
A Behanding in Spokane
A Steady Rain

Red
Enron
Superior Donuts

Time Stands Still
Looped


BEST MUSICAL
9 eligible new musicals opened.
American Idiot
The Addams Family
Everyday Rapture

Fela!
All About  Me
Sondheim on Sondheim

Memphis
Come Fly Away


Million Dollar Quartet



BEST PLAY REVIVAL
9 eligible play revivals opened.
Fences
Collected Stories
Oleanna

Lend Me a Tenor
Hamlet
Present Laughter

The Royal Family
The Miracle Worker


A View from the Bridge



BEST MUSICAL REVIVAL
Only 6 eligible musical revivals opened, so the rule wouldn't apply.
Best Musical: Priscilla Queen of the Desert
Best Play: Brief Encounter
NOMINEES/WINNER
POSSIBLE 5TH NOMINEE/MY CHOICE FOR 5TH NOMINEE
2010 – 2011
BEST PLAY
13 eligible new plays opened, so new rule wouldn't apply.
Good People
Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo
Elling
High

Jerusalem
Brief Encounter
A Free Man of Color
Lombardi

The Motherfucker with the Hat
Colin Quinn: Long Story Short
Ghetto Klown
The Pee-Wee Herman Show

War Horse




BEST MUSICAL
12 eligible new musicals opened.
The Book of Mormon
Baby It’s You!
The People in the Picture
Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown
Catch Me If You Can
Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson
Priscilla Queen of the Desert
Wonderland
The Scottsboro Boys
Elf
Rain

Sister Act



BEST PLAY REVIVAL
11 eligible play revivals opened.
Arcadia
Born Yesterday
A Life in the Theatre

The Importance of Being Earnest
Driving Miss Daisy
Mrs. Warren’s Profession

The Merchant of Venice
The House of Blue Leaves
That Championship Season

The Normal Heart
La Bete


BEST MUSICAL REVIVAL
Only 2 eligible musical revivals opened, so the new rule wouldn't apply.
Best Play: One Man, Two Guvnors
NOMINEES/WINNER
POSSIBLE 5TH NOMINEE/MY CHOICE FOR 5TH NOMINEE
2011 - 2012
BEST PLAY
15 eligible new plays opened.
Clybourne Park
Chinglish
The Lyons
Relatively Speaking
Other Desert Cities
The Columnist
Magic/Bird
Seminar
Peter and the Starcatcher
Don’t Dress for Dinner
The Mountaintop
Stick Fly
Venus in Fur
End of the Rainbow
One Man, Two Guvnors

BEST MUSICAL
Only 8 eligible new musicals opened, so new rule wouldn't apply.
BEST PLAY REVIVAL
Only 7 eligible play revivals opened, so new rule wouldn't apply.
BEST MUSICAL REVIVAL
Only 6 eligible musical revivals opened, so the rule wouldn't apply.

(Left) Best Revival of a Play: Harvey
(Right) Best Play: The Nance

NOMINEES/WINNER
POSSIBLE 5TH NOMINEE/MY CHOICE FOR 5TH NOMINEE
2012 - 2013
BEST PLAY
12 eligible new plays opened.
The Assembled Parties
The Anarchist
Dead Accounts
The Nance
Lucky Guy
Ann
Grace
The Other Place
The Testament of Mary
Breakfast at Tiffany’s
I’ll Eat You Last

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike



BEST MUSICAL
Only 8 eligible new musicals opened, so new rule wouldn't apply.
BEST PLAY REVIVAL
12 eligible play revivals opened.
Golden Boy
The Big Knife
An Enemy of the People
The Heiress
Orphans
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
Glengarry Glen Ross
Macbeth
The Trip to Bountiful
Cyrano de Bergerac
Harvey
Picnic
Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?



BEST MUSICAL REVIVAL
Only 6 eligible musical revivals opened, so the rule wouldn't apply.
Jeff
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