Should our awards be spread out?

You can feel it . . . hit the middle of April, and everyone who is involved in a new show walks around with a thought bubble over their head, “When do the nominations come out again?”

And by “the nominations”, one could mean The Tonys, The Outer Critics, The Drama Desks, The Drama Leagues, The Lortels, The Obies, and a whole slew of others.

Why is it that they all happen at once?

Ok, stupid question, really.  They all happen at once because that’s the end of our “season”.

But they don’t happen at exactly the same time.  They can’t.  There are weeks between many of them, so some can’t even include all the shows from that season . . . so, why try?

In any cluttered environment, sometimes the best thing you can do to stand out is simply to do the opposite of what everyone else is doing.

So, might it be better for 1 or 2 of the big awards to be given out in . . . I don’t know . . . November?  And use a different season to determine the nominees?  A bit confusing, maybe, but not that much more so than we have now.

A November award would get more attention for the awards organization itself, because there would be fewer other awards around it.  The nominated shows would get more attention, because it would be news at a time when there might not be as much going on for them at that time.  Add that all up and the theater as an institution would get more attention as a result, and we all benefit from that.

Come on, one of you awards shows out there . . . take the plunge.

And if you don’t, maybe someone will come up with a new award to be given in the fall instead.

Hmmmm .  . .


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