Early morning starts . . .

With three hours until the nominees for the 2012/2013 Tony Awards are announced, I only have one question – and it doesn’t relate to any of the productions!


Announced 40 days out from the actual Tony Awards ceremony, my one question is why announce the nominees at 8:30am?

What is happening in New York at 8:30am?

  • People with day jobs are already at their desk digging through the ever-growing pile of work they can complete before leaving to go and see a show. Most are probably going home as it is a Tuesday night, but you can only live in hope . . .
  • Students are already at school or university supposedly concentrating on what the teacher is saying and not using their smart phones to check the latest Broadway news
  • Theatre enthusiasts were probably at the theatre last night and are now recovering before slowly dragging themselves into work
  • And most importantly, the people who work in the theatre are probably still in bed taking advantage of the remainder of their weekend before jumping straight into the beginning of another 8 shows. Unless of course you work in Mamma Mia and are lucky enough to have a show on Monday night!

I guess you have got the homeless and jobless populations wandering around with nothing to do, but I’m not sure that many of those people are homeless or jobless because they either spent all their money or time at the theatre. And I’m pretty sure they aren’t the main demographic for Broadway!

It seems a bit like moving the Superbowl from its prime time spot to the graveyard shift at 3:00am in the morning.

The only advantage I can see is that the Tony Awards nominations are able to be discussed straight away on all the different TV show broadcast between the convenient hours of 9 and 12 in the morning.

I must be missing something. Surely.

Do you know? If so, please let me know so I can get some sleep tonight!