What did you think about the 2016 Tony Awards? Survey says . . .

I’m channeling my inner Richard Dawson today (or my inner Steve Harvey for those youngins out there) and revealing the results of our annual Tony Awards survey.

In case you missed it (and if you were subscribed to this blog you wouldn’t have – so take a moment and do that now), the morning after this year’s Tonys, I posted my usual recap of my Top 5 Favorite Tony Moments, and then put some questions to all of you.  Did you watch? How did this year’s compare to last year’s?  Et cetera, et cetera . . . as the King of Siam would say.

And now, I’m ready to reveal the results (along with some thoughts from me).

So, and this one’s for you Richard Dawson . . . “Survey says!”

  • 99.31% of Producer’s Perspective readers watched the Tony Awards.
  • On a scale of 1 to 10, here’s how you rated the Tony Awards Telecast:
    • 36.64% gave it a 10
    • 39.31% gave it a 9
    • 19.85% gave it an 8
    • That’s a 95.80% “8 or better” rating.
      • NOTE FROM KEN:  Last year’s “8 or better” rating was only 45.97%.  Satisfaction with the awards more than doubled!
  • Compared to last year’s telecast:
    • 45.45% said it was much better
    • 48.48% said it was better
    • 4.55% said it was the same
    • 1.14% said it was worse
    • 5.39% said it was much worse
  • On a scale of 1 to 10, here’s how you rated James Corden as the host:
    • 57.59% gave him a 10
    • 25.68% gave him a 9
    • 14.01% gave him an 8
      • NOTE FROM KEN :  The lowest rating Mr. Corden received was a 7.
  • Your favorite part of the telecast, ranked from highest to lowest was):
    • Production numbers – 39.39%
    • The opening number – 25.76%
    • Acceptance speeches – 10.98%
    • Other – 10.98%
    • The host – 5.68%
    • The stage door performances – 3.79%
    • Finding out who won – 1.89%
    • The closing number – 1.52%
    • The presenters – 0%
      • NOTE FROM KEN:  For core theater people, presenters don’t matter . . . but they might for the casual Tony Awards watcher.
  • Your least favorite part of the telecast was . . .
    • The stage door performances
    • Not all the awards being televised
    • Replay of Carpool Karaoke
  • Your favorite musical number was . . .
    • Hamilton – 28.79%
    • The Color Purple – 20.83%
    • Spring Awakening– 11.74%
    • School of Rock – 10.61%
    • Waitress – 7.58%
    • Shuffle Along – 7.20%
    • Bright Star – 5.30%
    • On Your Feet – 3.79%
    • Fiddler on the Roof – 1.89%
      • NOTE FROM KEN:  Interesting correlation:  two of the bottom four shows have closed or will be closing.
  • We asked what you would suggest to the Tony Producers to make it a more exciting evening.  Here are some quotes that represent the most common themes I heard:
    • “Sign James Corden to a long term contract.”
    • “Televise the design award winners and speeches!”
    • “Bring back the Best Sound Design awards!”
    • “Show actual video segments of the nominated plays.”

 

And there she blows!  According to you, this was the best Tony Awards we have had in a while.  And it’s no wonder that the ratings were the highest we’ve seen in 15 years.

Was that because of Hamilton?

We’ll find out next year . . . when we don’t have Hamilton.

Although, actually, something tells me it just may make an appearance or two.

 

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My Top 5 Favorite Moments of the 2016 Tony Awards.

And mic drop!

The 2016 Tony Awards is in the books!

Ironically, I think it was the most anticipated Tony Awards I’ve ever seen in my 23 years in the biz, even though we all knew who was going to win.  (I expect when we announce tomorrow’s Tony Pool winners, we’ll have some very high scores.)

But the Tonys are not only about giving out hunks of metal that allow agents to ask for more money for their clients.  The Tony Awards telecast is one giant long infomercial for what we all do here.  It’s the most important night of the year for the theater, as we get to show everyone what we’re about . . . and also why they should spend more time with us throughout the year.

So how did the show do this year?

Well, this just in . . . as I predicted, the early ratings numbers indicate that the Tony Awards delivered a 6.8, which is up 33% (!) from last year . . . and is the highest we’ve had in 15 years!

Mic drop #2!

And in my opinion, all those additional viewers (I wish we could find out how many were tuning into the Tonys for the first time ever) got one heck of a show, arguably one of the best I’ve seen.

And here were my Top 5 Moments of the Tony Awards that made this telecast extra special to me:

1.  The Host with the Most

Watching James Corden in One Man, Two Guvnors years ago, I remember thinking, “Oh my god, we have a new Broadway star!”  And then, months before he was to star in Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, late night TV stole him right out from under us.  I shed a tear inside when that happened.  But you know what?  If we had to lose James Corden to TV only so he could come back and host the Tonys, well it was worth it.  Now we just have to hope the Academy Awards don’t steal him away.

2.  The Word of the Day is . . .

If you were playing a drinking game while watching the Tonys and had to do a shot every time someone said “Diversity,” you would have been plastered before Hamilton got their first award.  But what was great about this year’s Tonys was that diversity wasn’t just a word.  It was living and breathing on that stage . . . in the performances, in the nominees, in the winners, everywhere.  We’ve still got work to do . . . but as an industry we should be proud of what we’ve done, and the telecast painted a beautiful picture of all of the people who make Broadway the unique place that it is.

3.  From a 99 seat theater to the Tonys . . . 

It was only two years ago that the cast of Spring Awakening was performing in a basement black box theater in downtown Los Angeles . . . and now here they were, performing for the world.  I couldn’t have been prouder of their historic performance, and the message they were sending to the millions of people around the world tuning in.  While we didn’t win the award, in my opinion, we won a much bigger battle.  And I couldn’t be more thankful to the almost 2,000 people who helped make that performance possible.  Because without every single one of those people, it never would have happened.

4.  What the theater was designed to do.

When I saw the CNN Breaking News alert about the tragedy in Orlando when I woke up on Tony Sunday, I wondered how this would affect the telecast.  And then I remembered that this is what theater is all about.  It brings people together.  It gets people in a room.  It tells people they are not alone.  It honors. It consoles.  And it also entertains, so that in the darkest of circumstances, we can see that there will be light again.  The speech that opened the Tonys was actually pre-taped because James Corden so wanted to make sure it was right (as he told those of us in the theater right before he recorded it), and when he spoke his inspired words, you could feel the temperature in the theater drop from the chills we all got.

5.  Children will listen . . .

From the “This could be you!” opening number, to Blair Underwood’s kiss on the forehead of the Educator of the Year, to the numerous thank yous to teachers in acceptance speeches, to Josh Groban’s video turn as Tevye in high school, there was a real reach out to the youth of the world.  I know if I was a 13 year old girl who was interested in theater, I would have watched and been inspired to work harder to hope that one day I’d be standing on that stage.  Heck, I’m a 43 year old man, and it inspired me!  We know that not only are people more likely to participate in the arts later in life if they are get involved when they are kids, but more importantly we also know that people are much more likely to attend the arts if they are involved at a young age.  By reaching out to those kids directly (and the parents who have to drag those kids to the theater), the Tonys helped inspire the next generation of artists and audiences.

 

And now, what did you think of the telecast?

Let us know by filling out the survey below.  And we’ll publish the results right here on the blog in a few days.

Click here to take our Tony Award Telecast Survey now!

And stay tuned . . . the winner of our Tony Pool will be announced tomorrow!  (And it wasn’t me or my cute but Tony-challenged dog, that’s for sure.)

 

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The Sunday Giveaway: Something FREE and everyone wins.

That’s right . . . everyone wins today’s Sunday Giveaway!  No entry required!  You know what it is that we’re giving away???

Well, to be honest, we’re not giving it away.

CBS is.

That’s right, Broadway Junkies . . . it’s the Tony Awards!!!

And it’s free for everyone.

A little inside scoop . . . I’ve gotten to peek at a few rehearsals and let me tell you, it looks like it’s going to be fan-freakin’-tastic.  And since James Corden could make people laugh at a funeral, expect it to be super funny too.  (Although, I did ask the powers-that-be if they were going to put the Best Musical Award at the top of the show instead of the end, since it’s such a done deal.)

So watch!  We’ve got a shot at the highest ratings the telecast has ever had . . . so tune in!

Tonight on CBS at 8 PM EDT.

Oh, and keep your fingers crossed for Spring Awakening!

 

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Win up to $1,000 in my Tony Awards “Powerball” Pool!

It’s time to pick your winners!!!

Every year I have a Tony Award Pool right here on my blog.  And this year is no different.

Actually that’s not true.  This year is different.  Because this year, the prize is bigger.

Here’s how:

The person who guesses the most of this year’s picks correctly will win . . . $500 in Broadway Theater Tickets through a Ticketmaster or Telecharge gift certificate.

But that person COULD win $1,000 . . . if the Powerball comes in.

What’s the Powerball?

Can you guess?

I will double the prize for the winner . . .  if Spring Awakening wins the Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical. 🙂

Now that’s whether or not the Best Picker chooses Spring or not.  If Spring comes in, the prize gets multiplied by 2.

It’s Tony Awards Pool . . . Powerball style!

Oh, and the Mega Bonus Powerball gets the prize multiplied by 200!!!  That’s right, we’ll give away $100,000 . . . if Daddy Long Legs wins Best Musical.  😉

So, you ready to play???

This may all seems like fun and powerballs, but picking Tony Award winners takes some real Producerial acumen.  You gotta understand the art and the industry . . . and also have a leprechaun on your shoulder because sometimes, who the @#$% knows in this biz, right?

So before you start your pickin’, here are the rules.  And read ’em closely because one infraction and boom, you’re out, faster than a flop . . . do not pass go, do not collect $500 $1,000.

The rules are . . .

  • All questions are weighted the same. It’s just like an 8th grade exam. The person with the highest percentage of correct answers wins!
  • There is a tie-breaker.
  • In order to validate entries, only email subscribers to my blog are eligible. Subscribe to the blog today by visiting www.TheProducersPerspective.com and entering your email address in the box on the right (you can always cancel your email subscription after the contest is over).  If you score a perfect score, but are not a subscriber, no $ for you!  And that would suck.  Subscribe!
  • Only 1 entry per person. Duplicate entries from an individual will void ALL entries from that individual.  And if you don’t think we can tell?  Try us.  Go ahead.  But let me just say, I was that kid that used to play on TRS-80 computers at Radio Shack in 1981.  So I can figure the tech out.
  • Please pay special attention to the final “Verification Page” for further information and validation requirements. If you fail to fill out all the required information, your entry will be invalid.
  • Voting will officially close at 11:59PM on Thursday, June 9th.

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First, click here to make sure you’re a subscriber to the blog.

Second, click here to enter my Tony Awards Powerball Pool.

And come on Spring!!!

 

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It’s Hamil-time! My reaction to the 2016 Tony Nominations.

It’s #Hamiltime!

Hamilton just made history (ironic, wouldn’t you say?) when it garnered 16 Tony Nominations this morning, besting The Producers and Billy Elliot.

As usual, it was a morning of “Yep, as expected” and “Oh no they didn’t!”  So let’s start my recap with how I did in my predictions from yesterday.

1.  Best Musical

I predicted . . .

Hamilton
Waitress
Shuffle Along
American Psycho

And those smarter-than-I nominators slipped in Steve Martin’s Bright Star and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s School of Rock over the shock-and-awe American Psycho, once again proving that the fourth (and in this case, fifth!) slot can be a toss-up.  Man, oh man, I wish I could see how close the vote was on that one.

Score for Ken?  3 out of 5.

2.  Best Play

I predicted . . .

Eclipsed
The Humans
King Charles III
The Father

And I nailed.  This one was an easier category to pick, mostly because of the limited number of new plays this year.  Oh, and I think I know why we may be seeing fewer and fewer plays.  But more on that in a future blog.

Score for Ken . . . 7 out of 9.

3.  Best Revival of a Musical

Um, so first, let me say . . . YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  WOOHOO!!!!  Well, how about them apples!?!?!?!?!?!

Ok, and now back to my regularly scheduled blog.

I predicted . . .

The Color Purple
Fiddler on the Roof
Spring Awakening

And, you know what happened?  The system worked!  As I discussed yesterday, with only five eligible shows for this category, there could have only been three nominees, which would have put one of the four terrific revivals out on the street.  But, a rule that allows there to be a fourth nominee if there is a close enough race (three votes!) was enacted and boom time, in addition to my predictions above, She Loves Me gets added to the list. I have to give credit to the Tony Admin Committee for not only this tie-breaking rule, but also for expanding the number of nominators over the years.  This year there were 49.  Just a few short years ago, that number was in the 20s.  Ties like this wouldn’t be possible without more nominators, and all four of these great productions wouldn’t have gotten a nom.

Also . . . Yippppppeeeeeee!!!!!

Happy to get one wrong in this case.

Score for Ken . . . 10 out of 13.

4.  Best Revival of a Play

I predicted:

A View from the Bridge
The Crucible
Long Day’s Journey Into Night
Noises Off

And dang it, wouldn’t you know that the nominators pulled another “Ahh, let’s add another great production to the mix” in this category too!  I’m a big time Blackbird fan, so I was glad to see that production get included.

FINAL Score for Ken . . . 14 out of 18 or a 78% . . . or in Elementary School scoring . . . a C+.

Eh.  Not great.  But you know what?  This year, I don’t care so much. 😉

Other tidbitty takeaways from this year’s nominations:

  • Surprised to see so few noms for On Your Feet! (1).  I expected some performance nods, but those acting categories were tough this year.
  • Proof of that is no nomination for 6-time winner Audra McDonald.
  • Super pumped for Spring Director Michael Arden and his well deserved nod. Remember when he was solely an Actor?  Nope.  Herr Director is born.
  • Hollywood stars were left out in the cold this season, with no noms for Bruce Willis, Keira Knightley and Al Pacino (who I dreamed about last night for some reason – he told me to “tweet” at him).

For a full list of the 2016 Tony Award nominations, click here.

What did you think of the nominations?  How did you fare in your predictions?  What was the biggest shocker for you?

And, do you think #Hamiltime will roll on through the awards and will they beat the record for most wins evah???

Comment below . . . and then gear up for a fun five years of awards drama!

 

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