Playbill Poll: Readers Pick New Categories for Tony Awards
By Carey Purcell
It's Tony time at Playbill, which means we are eating, sleeping and breathing the awards (which will be held June 9 at 8 PM, in case you didn't know). While we've been thinking about nothing but the Tonys, we wondered what was on our readers' minds.
The Tony Awards, which were founded in 1947 to honor excellence on Broadway, are named for the late Antoinette Perry, an actress, director, producer and co-founder of the American Theatre Wing, who died in 1946. The awards have numerous categories, but along with the current nominees, we wanted to hear who our readers thought should also be recognized at the ceremony.
Click through to read what new awards categories were suggested for the Tony Awards.
A good ensemble is key for a large show to succeed. Shows like Peter and the Starcatcher and Pippin feature strong groups of actors who worked seamlessly together. But if an entire ensemble won a Tony, the acceptance speech might get a little long…
BEST MUSICAL DIRECTOR
cwfornwalt76: They MUST add best Musical Direction. It is too important of a job not to be recognized.
What's a musical without music? Whether the performers dance onstage with their instruments, like in Once, or there is a 28-piece orchestra, like the 2011 revival of Follies, the music of a Broadway show is part of its magic.
BEST CHILD ACTOR
Hannah Schutzler: Best child actor
This musicals Annie, A Christmas Story and Matilda all feature youthful casts on Broadway. The youngest winners in Tony history are Frankie Michaels (Mame), age 10, and Daisy Eagan (The Secret Garden), age 11. If an entire category was created for child performers, what should the cutoff age be? And, would we have to move the ceremony to an earlier time slot, so they don't stay up too late?
Dan Buccheri: Best Replacement in a Leading Role in a Musical.. for all the stunning actors and actresses who take over a leading role in a Musical that's been running... this would give credit to many who deserve it and also potentially launch the careers of many talented performers
This category was first introduced in 2005 for the 2006 Tony Awards, but an award was never given to a performer. Perhaps it's time to reintroduce this idea.
Cortney H.: Best standby/understudy for a leading role...they never seem to get enough credit
There's no shortage of talent on Broadway waiting to get the role that make them stars. Performers who got their big breaks when understudying include Shirley MacLaine, Anthony Hopkins, Taye Diggs and Sutton Foster.
BEST CREW, BEST ORCHESTRA, BEST SONG
Jen Lau: best backstage crew [make-up artists, stage hands, dressers, etc.] they are also unsung heroes that ensure the actors are able to perform at their best.
We see the magic onstage, but what about the people who create it, behind the curtain? An award to recognize the behind-the-scenes team was another popular suggestion.
mecheeze: Best orchestra. The pit doesn't get enough credit!
Showing even more love for the music on Broadway, this was a popular suggestion as well.
Vicki Boston: How about BEST SONG? Yes BEST SCORE IS great. But BEST SONG too.
Who doesn't want to see more musical performances at the Tony Awards?
BEST CASTING, BEST PROJECTION DESIGN
RaeAGray: new category: best casting direction. An award for the casting directors that find all the people that make up the casts.
This suggestion showed even more love for the people who keep things moving smoothy behind the scenes.
darrenled: Technology in the theatre. It is 2013. Projection Design?
Maybe instead of a trophy, the award could be the latest high-tech Apple product.
Honorable mentions included Best Stage Manager, Best Fan of a Musical, Best Comedy, Best Dance/Opera, Most Promising Newcomer, and Best Jazz hands.
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