What did you think about this year’s Tony Awards? Survey says . . .

The survey results are in, and here’s your report card on this year’s Tony Awards telecast.

  • 98. 66% of Producer’s Perspective readers watched the Awards
  • On a scale of 1 to 10, here’s how you rated the show:
    • 24.03% gave it a 10
    • 27.62% gave it a 9
    • 16.57% gave it an 8
    • That’s a 68.22% “8 or better” rating, compared to last year’s “8 or better” rating of 44.01%
  • Compared to last year’s telecast:
    • 51.7% said it was much better
    • 38.35% said it was better
    •  8.5% said it was the same
    • 1.14% said it was worse
    • .28% said it was much worse
  • Your favorite part of the telecast was:
    • The opening number – 48.34%
    • Production numbers – 16.76%
    • The host – 16.19%
    • Finding out who wins – 5.97%
    • Acceptance speeches – 1.42%
    •  The presenters – .28%
    • Other – 9.38%
  • Your least favorite part of the telecast was . . .
    • By far it was . . . The performance by The Rascals.
  • Your favorite musical number was . . . (Note from Ken:  This is my favorite question as it tells you who had the biggest and best “commercial” that night)
    • Pippin – 30.11% (!)
    • Kinky Boots – 17.40%
    • Matilda – 17.13%
    • Cinderella – 12.71%
    • A Christmas Story– 11.33%
    • Bring It On – 3.04%
    • Annie – 2.49%
    • Motown – 1.38%
    • Phantom of the Opera – .83% (Been there, done that, I guess.)
  • 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:
    • “Include actual scenes from the Best Play and Best Play revival nominees”
    • “Put the tech awards & special awards back on prime-time broadcast!” (We heard this last year as well, which is expected from a theater crowd like you – but since you love the Production Numbers so much, maybe the question I should have asked was, “Would you sacrifice two production numbers from Musicals to hear the tech awards?”  
    • “Bring NPH back again next year!” (Shocking.)

So, overall, a whopping improvement from last year says you (and you liked last year’s as well – here’s a link to those results).  Now, let’s see if we can build on that foundation and keep making the show better and better.

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