On December 12th, The Scottsboro Boys closed its Broadway run. Months later, Beowulf Boritt received a Tony nomination for "Best Scenic Design of a Musical" for work that used minimal elements to convey symbolism and depth.
Since 2000, of the 48 titles nominated for Best Play, only six have been written by women, and only one has won -- God of Carnage, by Yasmina Reza. In other words, no woman playwright has won Best Play since the turn of the 21st century.
The Tony Awards Administration Committee should reconsider their rules. Allowing replacements to be nominated would add some excitement to the season. It would also do away with the logical inconsistencies caused by this bizarre new element regulation.