Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Priority One is Not Making the Tonys Less Boring, Less Disaster-Ridden, Less Irrelevant, or Naming Triumph the Insult Comic Dog Next Year's Host

It's this, courtesy of a press release I got today. I mean, not that this isn't a good thing -- the sound designer for Journey's End deserved a Tony if anyone did -- but...huh??

And you know what drives me nuts? See the second graph: "Celebrating their 62nd Anniversary..." The Tonys is an it, not a their. It should be "Celebrating its 62nd Anniversary..." -- oh, and why is Anniversary in caps?? Sigh.


New York, New York (June 19, 2007) – The Tony Awards Administration Committee met for the first time this season to vote on the addition of two new competitive categories for future Tony Awards ceremonies. The newly announced categories for which the upcoming season’s productions will be eligible are Best Sound Design of a Play and Best Sound Design of a Musical. With the inclusion of these new categories, there will now be a total of 27 competitive categories for which qualifying productions will be in contention.

Celebrating their 62nd Anniversary, the Tony Awards will be broadcast in a live three-hour ceremony on the CBS Television Network on a date to soon be announced.

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The Tonys are presented by the League of American Theatres and Producers and the American Theatre Wing. At the League, Gerald Schoenfeld is Chairman and Charlotte St. Martin is Executive Director. At the Wing, Sondra Gilman is Chairman, Doug Leeds is President and Howard Sherman is Executive Director. For Tony Award Productions, Elizabeth I. McCann is Managing Producer and Joey Parnes is Coordinating Producer.

Ricky Kirshner and Glenn Weiss/White Cherry Entertainment are Executive Producers of the 2008 Tony Awards. Mr. Weiss will also serve as Director of the 2008 Tony Awards.

Official partners of the Tonys include Visa, the exclusive card accepted at the Tonys and Hilton Hotels, the official hotel partner of the Tony Awards. The official Tony Awards web site, www.TonyAwards.com, is developed, designed, and hosted by IBM, an official partner of the Tonys. News and feature content is provided in cooperation with Playbill.com. Continental Airlines and Sprint are official supporters of the Tonys.

Promotional and media partners for the 2008 Tony Awards include Macy’s, Playbill, USA Today, Van Wagner and Virgin Entertainment.

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