Tony Award nominations to be announced on October 15

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Nominations for this year’s Tony Awards have been set for October 15, pitting 18 eligible shows in competition for 26 competitive categories in a coronavirus-shortened season.

James Monroe Iglehart will announce the nominations on the Tony Awards’ YouTube Channel.

No date was announced for the actual awards. The Tony Awards Nominating Committee will meet on Tuesday to vote on this year’s nominations.

The official eligibility cut-off date was February 19 for all Broadway productions opening in the 2019-2020 season.

That left the following productions eligible for 2020 Tony Award nominations: Frankie And Johnny In The Clair De Lune, Moulin Rouge! The Musical, Sea Wall/A Life, Betrayal, The Height Of The Storm, The Great Society, Slave Play, Linda Vista, The Rose Tattoo, The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical, The Sound Inside, Tina – The Tina Turner Musical, The Inheritance, A Christmas Carol, Jagged Little Pill, My Name Is Lucy Barton, A Soldier’s Play and Grand Horizons.

Broadway theatres abruptly closed on March 12, knocking out all shows — including 16 that were still scheduled to open.

Producers, citing health and city authorities, have three times extended the Broadway shutdown, currently until at least early January.

Some spring shows — such as a musical about Michael Jackson and a revival of Neil Simon’s Plaza Suite starring Matthew Broderick and Sarah Jessica Parker — pushed their production to next year.

But others abandoned their plans, including Hangmen and a revival of Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

The coronavirus pandemic also led to the shutdown of television and film production though some work has resumed.

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