Broadway Reaches For Normalcy With 2020 Tony Award Nominations

Broadway’s coronavirus-shortened season is getting an awards process that reflects this tumultuous year — incomplete, seemingly unfair and filled with loss.Nominations for Tony Awards will be announced Thursday (Oct. 15) with just 18 eligible plays and musicals making the cut, a fraction of the 34 shows the season before.

One category — best musical revival — has no eligible shows at all. Nominations will have to come from 10 new plays, four new musicals and four play revivals. Two high profile shows — Freestyle Love Supreme and David Byrne’s American Utopia — did not accommodate Tony voters and aren’t eligible, but may get special awards on Tony night.

Broadway theaters abruptly closed on March 12, knocking out all shows — including 16 that were still scheduled to open in the spring. One musical, Six, had scheduled its official opening on the night theaters went dark and heartbreakingly is not … Read the rest