Friday, January 09, 2009

Movin' On Up!

Movin' On Up!

If you're like me, you may have wondered just how far into the spring eligibility for Tony nominations could possibly be pushed.

After all, last year, four very different shows opened in May for Tony consideration. One of them was ruled ineligible because it closed after opening night, meaning Tony voters would not have an opportunity to judge it.

Today comes a little sanity as the official calendar for the 2008-09 Theatrical Season was announced.

Now, all Broadway shows must open on or prior to April 30 in order to be eligible for this year's Tony Awards. The nominations will be announced May 5, which contrasts with last year's May 12 announcements. Then, the 63rd Annual Tony Awards will honor Broadway's best the evening of June 7 (last year's event was June 15).

Personally, I am pleased that the Tony Administration Committee has reined in the timing. At the rate they were going, I half expected the Tonys to be handed out during the Fourth of July holiday, and that would have made me downright wheezy.

This is Steve On Broadway (SOB).

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At 09 January, 2009, Blogger Esther said...

This is great, thanks for my daily chuckle! I never would have thought to use a picture of "The Jeffersons" to illustrate the date for Tony nominations being moved up. You are a very witty SOB. ;-)

And it's so appropriate because Sherman Hemsley was on Broadway in "Purlie."

I'm just glad that "Accent on Youth" will make it in under the deadline. Whew! And I don't want you to be wheezing!


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