To many, award shows are just self-congratulatory spectacles where industry people tell other industry people how much they love each other. When was the last time you saw a movie just because it won an Oscar, bought an album because it won an Grammy, watched a TV series because it won an Emmy, or saw a musical because of a Tony Award? At times it’s hard to see what the point of these things are.
And then you get concrete proof like the announced closing of John Guare’s Six Degrees of Separation playing at the Barrymore Theater. The play kicked off in April with previews starting on the 5th and opening night on the 25th. It received two Tony nominations, one for best revival of a play and one for best actor in a play gong to Corey Hawkins (24: Legacy). Also in the cast is four-time Emmy winner Alison Janney from The West Wing and Tony-winner John Benjamin Hickey. The revival was directed by Trip Cullman.
The show got neither of the Tonys it was up for. And without the Tony Awards boost, the show will now end it’s run on Sunday. It’s hard to say just how long the run would’ve been extended had it won one or both of the awards, but without a win, there are only a handful of performances left. This is one of the clearest indication of why, at least the Tony Awards, do matter.
And you’ve got to feel for Hawkins, whose TV series 24: Legacy is also done.