Broadway shutdown, along with everything else in the world in early March in response to the global outbreak of the corona virus. The closure has also closed down the annual Tony Awards that honors the best of Broadway and Off Broadway.
Despite the closures, The Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing have found a way to rescue an otherwise dismal theatre season with an online edition of the 74th annual Tony Awards.
Though short, The Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing agree that the performances and performers deserve to be honored and recognized.
Details of an official date and a list of nominees is yet to come.
When New York City’s cultural centers, including Broadway, shut down there were over a dozen productions who had yet to play before audiences. One of the biggest decisions to be made will be not only who is eligible, but of those eligible, who deserves the nominations.
Tony Awards organizers have established that in order for a production to be eligible for the awards, it had to have opened prior to February 19, 2020.
With the eligibility rule established, what follows is a list of productions that could possibly receive a nomination once those determinations are made:
“The Lightning Thief”
“Tina: The Tina Turner Musical”
“Jagged Little Pill”
“Sea Wall/A Life”
“The Height of the Storm”
“The Great Society”
“The Sound Inside”
“A Christmas Carol”
“My Name is Lucy Barton”
“Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune”
“The Rose Tattoo”
A Soldier’s Play” – while the play never appeared on Broadway, a production did appear on Off Broadway in 1981