By MARK KENNEDY, AP Leisure Author
NEW YORK (AP) — Broadway’s coronavirus-shortened season is getting an awards course of that displays this tumultuous yr — incomplete, seemingly unfair and crammed with loss.
Nominations for Tony Awards will likely be introduced Thursday with simply 18 eligible performs and musicals making the reduce, a fraction of the 34 reveals the season earlier than. One class — finest musical revival — has no eligible reveals in any respect.
Nominations should come from 10 new performs, 4 new musicals and 4 play revivals. Two excessive profile reveals — “Freestyle Love Supreme” and “David Byrne’s American Utopia” — didn’t accommodate Tony voters and are not eligible, however might get particular awards on Tony evening.
Broadway theaters abruptly closed on March 12, knocking out all reveals — together with 16 that have been nonetheless scheduled to open within the spring. One musical, “Six,” had scheduled its official opening on the evening theaters went darkish and heartbreakingly is just not eligible for any trophies this yr.
The cutoff for eligibility for all reveals was set at Feb. 19, 2020, which means “West Aspect Story,” which opened a day later, and “Lady from the North Nation,” which opened March 5, should not eligible.
This season’s pandemic is predicted to scramble a few of the standard 26 aggressive classes, particularly the one for finest authentic rating.
A lot of the new musicals used pre-existing and beforehand recorded materials, which means Rob Rokicki, who wrote the rating to “The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical,” will simply get a Tony nod. To fill the class, he could also be joined by scores from performs, like “The Top of the Storm,” “The Inheritance,” “The Rose Tattoo,” “Seawall/A Life,” “Slave Play,” and “The Sound Inside.” That would pave the best way for a finest rating Tony received by a play, which might be a primary.
The season’s three scheduled musical revivals — “West Aspect Story,” “Firm” and “Caroline, or Change” — by no means formally opened, therefore the anticipated lack of that Tony class this yr.
The 2020 Tony Awards ceremony will likely be broadcast digitally and happen this fall, at a date nonetheless to be introduced. Tumult within the business stays, it was introduced final week that performances could be shut down till no less than Might 30.
With 4 eligible musicals, there possible will solely be three nomination slots, based mostly on the foundations. “Moulin Rouge!” was successful and “Jagged Little Capsule” was a well-liked ticket. “Tina — The Tina Turner Musical” was a pure crowd pleaser. That leaves “The Lightning Thief” because the possible present left within the mud.
Of the ten performs choices, probably the most buzzy nominees are “The Inheritance” by Matthew Lopez, a two-part, seven-hour epic that makes use of “Howards Finish” as a place to begin for a play that appears at homosexual life within the early twenty first century, and “Slave Play,” Jeremy O. Harris’ ground-breaking, bracing work that mixes race, intercourse, taboo needs and sophistication, exploring the legacy of slavery in interracial sexual dynamics.
Others more likely to slip into the possible five-entry class are Adam Rapp’s “The Sound Inside,” Tracy Letts’ “Linda Vista” and “Grand Horizons” by Bess Wohl.
One of the best play revival candidates will likely be created from solely 4 revivals that really opened: “Betrayal,” “Frankie and Johnny within the Clair de Lune,” “The Rose Tattoo” and “A Soldier’s Play.”
Within the efficiency classes, Adrienne Warren leads the perfect actress in a musical pack for her flip as Tina Turner in “Tina — The Tina Turner Musical.” Others more likely to be part of her are Elizabeth Stanley for enjoying a girl battling dependancy in “Jagged Little Capsule” and Karen Olivo for bringing down the home with Katy Perry’s “Firework” in “Moulin Rouge! The Musical”
In the perfect actress in a drama class, Mary-Louise Parker received cheers with “The Sound Inside” and can possible be joined by Laura Linney, who’s searching for her first Tony win with the solo present “My Title is Lucy Barton,” and Joaquina Kalukango, who gave a wrenching efficiency in “Slave Play.” May six-time Tony winner Audra McDonald be denied a spot as a result of her revival of “Frankie and Johnny within the Clair de Lune” closed early?
Over to the perfect actor in a drama slots, Ian Barford of “Linda Vista” is a powerful contender, as are a number of actors from “The Inheritance,” together with Andrew Burnap and Kyle Soller. On the musical facet for the main males, there are solely two potential candidates — Chris McCarrell from “The Lightning Thief” and Aaron Tveit of “Moulin Rouge!”
These are the 18 eligible reveals: “Frankie and Johnny within the Clair de Lune,” “Moulin Rouge! The Musical,” “Sea Wall/A Life,” Betrayal,” “The Top of the Storm,” “The Nice Society, ”Slave Play,” “Linda Vista,” ”The Rose Tattoo,” “The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical,” “The Sound Inside,” ”Tina – The Tina Turner Musical,” “The Inheritance,” ”A Christmas Carol,” “Jagged Little Capsule,” ”My Title is Lucy Barton,” “A Soldier’s Play” and “Grand Horizons.”
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