More stats on who and what are winning Tonys.
In yesterday’s post we only looked at revivals. Let’s look at new shows today.
In the last 20 years, there has only been 1 New Musical Tony Winner produced by a non-profit (and that new musical was Contact, which featured popular music on tape and no singing).
In the last 20 years, there has only been 3 New Play Tony Winners produced by non-profits.
Obviously you can see what business the Broadway non-profits are in
in this city: revivals, which are generally regarded as safer
Seems odd, doesn’t it? I know the mission statement for
each theater is different, but you would think that non-profits would
be the ones taking bigger risks, wouldn’t you?
And people crack on commercial producers all the time for not taking enough risks
with new material.
We do it more often and better on Broadway than anyone else.
Off-Broadway however? Give props where it is due. The only new plays are done by non-profits.