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A Flop Immortalized, A Tony Award Eliminated

Cast Albums Aren’t Just for Hits and Award Winners…

Glory Days, a show about four high school friends reuniting, both opened and closed on Broadway on the same night but will nevertheless be getting a cast recording to preserve its score. With a book by James Gardiner, score/lyrics by Nick Blaemire and a cast featuring the talents of Steven Booth, Andrew Call, Jesse JP Johnson, and Adam Halpin, the show only lasted at the Circle in the Square Theatre on Broadway one night. Along with a CD release, the show will be also be available for licensing…so, anyone want to produce a Broadway flop?

And in Tony News (Yes, We’re Not Quite Done Yet)…

The Tony Awards administration and management have just announced that they will retire the Special Theatrical Event category next year. Established in 2001, the following shows will now be the only ones to have walked away with the now extinct category awards: Blast!, Elaine Stritch at Liberty, Russell Simmons’ Def Poetry Jam, Billy Crystal 700 Sundays, Jay Johnson: The Two and Only and Liza’s at the Palace.

But there is some light at the end of the tunnel – now shows that might have been nominated in this category are elligible in all categories, so they could take home the award for best lighting design or best direction or even best musical next year. Traditionally the budgets for these shows have been less substantial than many of the Broadway blockbusters that normally make the nominees list…but who knows? Perhaps it will be a good thing for Broadway’s special theatrical events after all.

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