Bruce Springsteen’s sold-out run on Broadway was ineligible for the Tony Awards by design. Given the scarcity of tickets, producers (and the Boss) didn’t want to take seats from fans and hand out comp tickets to the awards voters and press who take up a chunk of prime real estate this time of year.
Even so, Tony night on June 10 will still be Springsteen-fortified, as the American Theatre Wing announced this morning that he and John Leguizamo will receive special Tony honors during the ceremony. Latin History for Morons, Leguizamo’s solo show, was also nominated for Best Play, its sole competitive Tony nod.
Bruce Springsteen will receive his Special Tony Award for his ongoing show Springsteen on Broadway, which offers fans an intimate look at the music icon.
The Theatre Wing said Leguizamo’s honorary award will salute his body of work and his “commitment to the theater, bringing diverse stories and audiences to Broadway for three decades.”
Even though he has not been in official campaign mode, Springsteen has made himself fairly visible of late. Last month, he made a surprise appearance at the Tribeca Film Festival screening of the new Patti Smith documentary, Horses, joining Smith in a duet of “Because the Night” during the post-screening concert at the Beacon Theatre.
Jordan Roth, one of the producers of the Springsteen show, told Deadline this morning that the honor for musician was well-deserved. “It is a work unlike any other,” he said. “Bruce is a singular artist who has created a singular piece of theater.”