Broadway fans have been asking this question for months: When are the Tony Awards?
On Friday, the Broadway League and the American Theater Wing, the two organizations overseeing the awards, took a step to clarify their latest deliberations.
They said two things. First, the much-belated awards are being planned “in coordination with the reopening of Broadway.” Second, the vote will take place from March 1st to 15th.
What does that mean? First of all, this means that the process is moving forward. The 784 (some give or take) voters will soon be able to cast ballots for the best job of the season, which began in April 2019 and ended prematurely in February 2020. (The theaters were open until mid-March, but the Tony administrators decided that only shows that opened by February 19 were eligible for awards because too few voters had seen those that opened later.)
Voters will vote from a group of candidates announced last October. The best musical nominees are “Jagged Little Pill”, “Moulin Rouge!” Das Musical “and” Tina – The Tina Turner Musical “as well as the best nominees are” Grand Horizons “,” The Inheritance “,” Sea Wall / A Life “,” Slave Play “and” The Sound Inside “.
It also makes official what has become more and more obvious: the ceremony will look forward to both the 2021-22 and 2019-20 seasons. The coronavirus pandemic has sunk a 2020-21 season.
The ceremony, which normally airs on network television, is likely to promote the return of Broadway, and the presenters don’t commit to a date as they don’t know when the reopening will take place. Many producers are currently hoping for September. If so, a ceremony could be held in June, but many such predictions have come and gone during the pandemic.
The Tonys were originally supposed to take place last June.
As with the last vote in Spring 2019, all voting will be done electronically and voters, who are mostly producers, presenters and people who work in the theater industry, will only be able to vote in categories where they have all nominees to vote seen. A subgroup of voters is allowed to vote in the categories of the best orchestrations and the best sound design, as these categories were viewed as too specialized for the entire pool of voters to decide.