Tomorrow morning is a super cool day in our business; TONY Nomination Day. It is a big day for the industry. For some people, it is a life changing day.
Two years ago, when MEMPHIS was nominated for 8 TONY Awards- can you name them all?- it was a day of jubilation unlike anything I had ever experienced. If you were with us then, you might remember we were nominated for BEST MUSICAL along with Fela!, American Idiot, and Million Dollar Quartet.
Walking past the Hilton Theater that afternoon where we had rehearsed what seems like a minute ago, it hit me like a ton of bricks. We were a TONY nominated show. The TONYs. How illusive they had always seemed-they were for other people- the Bernadettes, and the Sondheims, the Hal Princes of the world. But now, they were for us. We were on the list as a nominee.
We were so excited to be nominated I can’t even tell you- so I have to show you with a little video from the archives!
WARNING: there is a “little bit” of screaming in the first few seconds of the video. Producer Randy Adams’ heartfelt speech to the company at the end still gets me.
So on this nomination eve, to all those eligible shows, designers, performers and producers, we wish you the very best.
We wish we could buy you all a celebratory Diet Coke.
Memphis the Musical
Carolyn Miller is an Associate Producer with Junkyard Dog Productions- Producers of MEMPHIS. She is currently drinking Diet Coke as she writes this blog and no, she does not yet have an endorsement deal with Coca Cola.