The awards ceremony will honor plays and musicals that opened during an eligibility period shortened by the pandemic, from April 26, 2019 to February 19, 2020. Only 18 shows were eligible for awards, approximately half of the usual, and only 15 got nominations.
The most nominated shows are the musicals “Jagged Little Pill”, with 15, “Moulin Rouge! The Musical, ”at 14, and“ Tina – The Tina Turner Musical, ”at 12, as well as“ Slave Play, ”which at 12 is the most nominated work in Tony’s history.
The ceremony, originally scheduled for June 2020, has been repeatedly delayed and rethought; Nominations, chosen by 41 theater experts who watched all eligible shows, were announced last October, and electronic voting, by 778 producers, performers and other industry experts, took place in March. The ballots were stored by the accounting firm Deloitte & Touche LLP, which has somehow managed to keep them secret ever since.
There are several unusual aspects to Tonys’s career this season.
All of the nominees for best music are plays, a strange situation caused by the fact that three of the four musicals that premiered before the pandemic were jukebox musicals, meaning they had no original scores, and the fourth was excluded by nominators.
In one category, best lead actor in a musical, there is only one nominee, Aaron Tveit from “Moulin Rouge!” You will win if you get a positive vote from 60 percent of those who voted in that race.
A star-studded concert will dominate the televised part of the night.
The Broadway League and the American Theater Wing, the two organizations that present the Tony Awards, decided, in discussions with CBS, that the part of the evening with the longest reach, that is, on the television networks, would be primarily a concert.
The goal is to highlight Broadway’s talent and remind viewers of the joys of live theater, in the hope that some of those viewers will later purchase tickets to a show as theaters in New York (and around the world) seek to rebuild. the public.