Actors’ Equity thinks Broadway’s choruses and ensemble casts should be eligible for Tony Awards, and is now actively campaigning for just that. A petition on a new website called EveryoneOnStage.com is aiming for a chorus of support.
The Equity Association’s campaign mission is to convince the Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing to add two new awards categories for the 2019 Tony Awards (covering the 2018-2019 season): Best Chorus in a Play or Musical and Best Ensemble in a Play or Musical.
A spokesperson for the Tony Awards had no comment on the campaign.
In addition to formal requests presented to the League and the Theatre Wing, the Equity campaign website makes its case for petition signatures by noting, in part:
Chorus and ensemble performers add richness and depth to Broadway productions. Their tireless efforts are vital to making a good show great, and creating those full-company, show-stopping moments we know and love. In some ensemble-driven shows, the way the ensemble interacts is the show.
Many chorus and ensemble performers spend their entire careers in these critically important roles, and are never eligible for the level of recognition that a Tony Award brings.
The chorus and ensemble members in Broadway productions have always been an indispensable part of your favorite Broadway shows. The time is long overdue to recognize their contributions publicly. Join us as we work to bring to life two new Tony Award categories in 2019: Best Chorus in a Play or Musical and Best Ensemble in a Play or Musical.