Thursday, May 5, 2011
First 2011 Tony Casualty
As is the case every year, once the Tony nominations come out, a few unlucky shows that don't get nominated much end up closing. This is the case for Lombardi this year. After receiving only one Tony nomination, for Judith Light's supporting performance as Marie Lombardi, the play is set to close on May 22nd. Ms. Light got rave reviews for her performance and is one of the main reasons the show has lasted this long, particularly in a year when all of the plays that opened this past fall, except for this one, have already closed. Given how strongly her performance correlated to the show's staying open, and the strength of her performance, she had been the front runner in her category, but the closing announcement may affect her chances for the win moving forward, giving the edge now to Edie Falco (in The House of Blue Leaves) or Ellen Barkin(in The Normal Heart), whose shows will likely still be running at least up to the time of Awards Night.