The Tony Awards Administration Committee has announced the first round of 2022–2023 Broadway productions that will be eligible for nominations. Among them, three are from ‘& Juliet’. But one principal performer, Justin David Sullivan, has taken themself out of the running due to the awards’ gendered performance categories.
Justin David Sullivan, who identifies as non-binary, said, “I hope that award shows across the industry will expand their reach to be able to honor and award people of all gender identities.”
Tony Award Productions’s statement on the matter said that they acknowledge the current categories are not fully inclusive and are discussing how to best modify them. I think the award committee could have done it already. Isn’t it high time?