Wednesday, May 2, 2012

2012 Tony Awards Claim First Casualties

The Tony Awards have claimed their first casualties.  After being completely shut out of the Tony Awards, receiving no nominations in any category, two plays will be closing.  Theresa Rebeck's play, Seminar, will close after the Sunday matinee this coming Sunday, May 6th, 2012.  The following Saturday, Eric Simonson's basketball themed play Magic/Bird will play its final performance.

The Tony nominations have an impact like this every year, with shows closing within weeks after the Tony nominations if they fail to receive any, or within a week of the awards themselves if the show is nominated but fails to win anything.  Interestingly, there were a total of seven shows that were entirely shut out of Tony nominations this year -- Seminar, Magic/Bird, Godspell, Private Lives, The Mountaintop, Relatively Speaking, and Chinglish.  Of these seven, however, only the first three are still playing -- but two for not much longer.  The only holdout is Godspell, for which lead producer Ken Davenport is still in the midst of figuring out what he will do to keep the show open, or whether he will close the show out at some point before the Tony Awards.

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