Philip Himberg, Artistic Director, Sundance Institute Theatre Program
Tuesday, April 29th, 2014
Nominations for the 68th annual Tony Awards were announced Tuesday morning. For the first time this year, I was invited to be part of the Tony Awards Nominating Committee, a select and diverse group of about 40 some odd theatre professionals who are charged with seeing each and every Tony eligible play in one season (from July 2013 – May 2014).
For the last 12 months, I’ve found myself at each and every show on the Great White Way, usually the night or so just before opening (sometimes on Opening Night itself). In rain, snow, freezing cold, humidity–all the ‘colors’ of New York–had the great privilege of sitting down to see the fruits of the American commercial theatre–at its height. You can relive my journey in the Facebook photo album below.
In the last two weeks alone, I’ve seen over 10 plays or musicals. From Twelfth Night starring Mark Rylance as “Olivia,” to Kelli O’Hara in The Bridges of Madison County, Tyne Daly in Terrence McNally’s Mothers and Sons, and from Indina Menzel in If/Then to Alan Cumming and Michelle Williams in Cabaret. It’s been a live whirlwind of live talent.
On Monday night, April 28, the Committee sat together to cast its votes, and those were announced early this morning, Tuesday, April 29. Hundreds of Tony “voters” will make the final decision as to who wins. We will all find out those results on the night of the Tony Awards themselves, Sunday, June 8. I will be there – in my probably-rented tux. You can watch on CBS at 8pm/7pm Central.