...and other Post-Tony tidbits from Riedel today.
On Sondheim's surprising no-show for his own lifetime achievement award (not to mention the feting of various shows of his):
Sondheim wasn't at the Tonys because he was traipsing through Europe.
I hear he found out about the award only when it was announced in the press. Nobody from the Tonys bothered to tell him beforehand, so he didn't change his travel plans.
Also, about that bumping of play-revival and musical-book awards to pre-show:
"The theater is an art form which is driven by writers," says [John Weidman, Dramatists Guild prez]. "Nothing exists before the script. So when theater awards are given out, it's appropriate that the writing awards should take first position.
"Even acknowledging the enormous time pressures on the producers of the Tony Award broadcast, Best Book of a Musical and Best Revival of a Play belong live, on the air."
Primacy of the written word? What industry do you think you're in, Dramatists Guild?