The Tonys are just around the corner, and though exciting, it also means tensions are high around the Great White Way. Of course, no award season would be complete without a little drama and this year is certainly no exception.
News broke Friday that the Tony Awards Administration Committee will assemble on May 23 to discuss a “possible infraction” upon this year's Tony nominated shows. According to the New York Post, the meeting will be held in regards to a potential violation in the form of a brochure which Jeffrey Richards sent to Tony voters in an effort to sway their vote. Richards produced this season’s revival of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, nominated for Best Revival of Play, amongst others.
The Tonys employ an officer, Jean Kroeper, to police what material can be sent to Tony voters for promotional purposes. All materials must be approved by Kroeper beforehand, a regulation by which Richards did not abide. Punishment could range from a mere reprimand to a total retraction of the production’s nominations.
Yikes. We’ll keep you posted as the story unfolds but until then, try to play nice people!