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re: Why is the author of "Betrayal" not mentioned in the revival's nomination? Not quite the full answer.
Posted by: NewtonUK 06:31 pm EDT 10/15/20
In reply to: re: Why is the author of "Betrayal" not mentioned in the revival's nomination? - WaymanWong 05:15 pm EDT 10/15/20

The rule you quote is indeed why Charles Fuller is nominated, as he is still living. In Terrence McNally's case, its trickier. FRANKIE AND JOHNNY was on Broadway in the 2002-2003 season, and nominated as Best Revival. But at that time, authors of revivals were never eligible for the revival Tony (as one always thought a revival was of a play that had already been done on Broadway). But with FRANKIE AND JOHNNY this was not the case. McNally was still living when this recent revival was designated eligible for Best Revival AND MacNally had never been nominated as author for this play, hence he is part of the nomination. Pinter WAS eligible in 1980 when BETRAYAL first appeared on Broadway, but the play was not nominated.

In 1980, we saw the odd folly of Tony nominations - BETRAYAL was not nominated for Best Play. The nominees that year were HOME by Samm-Art Williams, BENT by Martin Sherman, Talley's Folly by Lanford Wilson, and the winner inexplicably was CHILDREN OF A LESSER GOD by Mark Medoff. Peter Hall was nominated for Best Director for BETRAYAL, and Blythe Danner was nominated as LEading Actress in a play.
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