Tony Administration Committee Issues "Serious Warning" to Producers of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

By Andrew Gans
May 24, 2013

The Tony Awards Administration Committee assembled May 23 to discuss a possible infraction in the rules governing the type of material Tony-nominated shows can distribute to Tony voters.



The meeting, according to a previous report in the New York Post, concerned a purported violation concerning a brochure that was sent to Tony voters by Jeffrey Richards, producer of the Tony-nominated revival of Edward Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? All material sent by producers of Tony-nominated shows to Tony voters must be approved by the Tony Awards before they are mailed; Richards, the Post said, failed to follow this strictly enforced rule. (The brochure included portions of reviews; the Tony rules state that reviews must be reprinted in their entirety.)

A May 24 statement from Heather Hitchens, executive director of the American Theatre Wing, and Charlotte St. Martin, executive director of The Broadway League, reads, "The Tony Awards Administration Committee met, considered the infraction and have issued a serious warning to the producers of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? The infraction which involved using abbreviated quotes from the critical reviews, were consistent with the overall intent of those reviews, and therefore the committee determined that no further action would be taken on this issue."

The critically acclaimed revival of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? was nominated for five 2013 Tony Awards, including Best Revival of a Play.

The Administration Committee previously met four times throughout the season just ended to decide the eligibility for the 2013 Tony Awards.

The Tony Awards Administration Committee features 24 members, ten designated by the American Theatre Wing, ten by the League, and one each by the Dramatists Guild, Actors' Equity Association, United Scenic Artists and the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society.

This committee, according to the Tony Awards, "determines eligibility for nominations in all awards categories, reviews the rules governing the awards, and appoints the Nominating Committee. It may, at its discretion, bestow non-competitive Tony Awards including Special Tony Awards, the Regional Theatre Tony Award, and the Isabelle Stevenson Award; as well as Tony Honors for Excellence in the Theatre."

Committee members for 2012-13 are Emanuel Azenberg, Roger Berlind, Ted Chapin, Cecilia Friederichs, Heather Hitchens, David Henry Hwang, Natasha Katz, Paul Libin, Margo Lion, Jo Sullivan Loesser, William Ivey Long, Mary McColl, Kevin McCollum, James L. Nederlander, James M. Nederlander, Enid Nemy, Laura Penn, Judith O. Rubin, Charlotte St. Martin, Peter Schneider, Thomas Schumacher, Ralph Sevush, Philip J. Smith and David Stone. Alternates are Kara Barnett, Ken Billington, Bill Craver, Michael David, Brian Drutman, Alan Eisenberg, Gary Garrison, Philip Getter, John Gore, Barry Grove, Jeffrey Eric Jenkins, Lonny Price, Nick Scandalios and Stuart Thompson.

For more information on the 67th Annual Tony Awards, which will air June 9 on CBS, visit www.TonyAwards.com.