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James Monroe Iglehart to Announce Tony Nominees on October 15



In late August, The Broadway League and The American Theatre Wing announced that this year’s Tony Awards ceremony would be virtual… and delayed. Since that announcement, there has been much speculation as to when the awards might take place and what on Earth they would actually consist of considering the vast number of shows that had not opened yet when Broadway went dark.

Some clarity finally came today, when it was announced that Tony Award nominees will be announced by James Monroe Inglehart on October 15th. (Yes, next week.) Tony Award voters will submit their votes on Tuesday, October 13th and the announcement will start at noon ET/9am PT on The Tony Awards YouTube channel. Iglehart, who was most recently seen as Marquis de Lafayette/Thomas Jefferson in Hamilton, received a Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in 2014 for his role as the Genie in Disney’s Aladdin.

“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to recognize Broadway’s magnificent work of during the 2019-2020 season,” American Theatre Wing President Heather Hitchens and Broadway League President Charlotte St. Martin said in a joint statement. “Our Broadway community has been incredibly resilient during this difficult time, and we look forward to paying tribute to the performers and artists.”

While shows closed on March 12, The Broadway League set the cut off for eligibility at February 19th (reasoning that not enough Tony Award voters would have had the chance to see the shows post-opening without at least a few weeks in between). This excludes the buzzy, Scott Rudin-helmed West Side Story revival as well as the critically acclaimed Girl From The North Country. And in fact, the Feb 19th date leaves just four eligible musicals for the honors… and just one of those has an original score. (It’s Percy Jackson and The Lightning Thief, which had a limited-run around the holidays from 2019-2020.) There are, however, 14 eligible plays. 

There is still no official announcement yet on a date, time, or streaming platform for this year’s Tony Awards ceremony, but the nominations alone should be both interesting and (hopefully) uplifting.

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