Tony® Awards Will Be Unpredictable Again
The 68th Tony® Awards will be held on Sunday, June 8th 2014 at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. The annual awards show to honor achievement in live theater is run by the American Theatre Wing and The Broadway League. In addition to doling out show-specific awards like Best Play, Best Actor and such, they also have awards for achievements that were accumulated over the course of a career, like the Tony® Honor for Excellence in Theatre, Isabelle Stevenson Award and a Special Tony® Award. The Tonys® are the biggest awards show for achievement in theater. They are comparable to the Oscars® for film or the Grammy® Awards for music. The Tonys® were named for actress, producer and director Antoinette Perry, who was also the co-creator of the American Theatre Wing. The awards show began in 1947, one year after Perry's death.
This year's Nominating Committee was recently announced by the Tony® Awards Administration Committee. The 42 members of the committee must attend every show during the 2013-2014 performance season, so they can decide which shows and actors deserve the nominations.
Last year, "Once" received eight Tony® awards to lead the field. The musical gathered awards for Best Musical Direction, Best Lead Actor in a Musical and Top Musical. "Peter and the Starcatcher" was second with five awards, but almost every show that was nominated was recognized for something. The Best Play Tony® went to "Clybourne Park" by Bruce Norris. This wasn't the first award for Norris's play. The play, which is set in the world of racing and real estate, also won the Pulitzer Prize.
The Best Musical revival award went to "The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess." Audra McDonald received the Best Actress Tony® for her role in the musical. McDonald tied the career record of five Tonys® earned by veteran Broadway luminaries Angela Lansbury and Julie Harris.
Here at VIP Concierge, we love theater in all forms, and we have tickets to the Tony® Award show and the after-party. If you'd like the glitz and glamour of a red carpet event in The Big Apple, you really should attend the show at least once in your life. If you do catch the production live, you'll realize how much more enjoyable it is to be there for the event instead of watching it on TV or seeing the highlights on the Internet after the show has been broadcast. Plays are meant to be seen live, and award shows are best when you're in the audience too.
The Tony® Awards usually have some surprises, like last year, when favorite Philip Seymour Hoffman's performance in "Death of a Salesman" lost out to James Corden for his part in "One Man, Two Guvnors," a British import. The revival of Arthur Miller's 63-year-old classic "Death of a Salesman" won the Best Play revival Tony®. Mike Nichols raked in his ninth Tony® for directing the show.
This year's Tony® awards show is sure to have just as many surprises as shows from years gone by. All you need to be there for all the excitement is to purchase some tickets. VIP Concierge can hook you up, so you don't miss a moment of the red carpet action.