|I actually disagree that this is a solution to my issue, and genuinely oppose letting off-broadway productions, produced at an off-broadway level, compete for Tony awards.
Determining that writing quality is indistinguishable off vs on broadway is one thing, yes, but it's just an entirely different ballgame to produce a musical on Broadway vs off, and I do think the Tonys should be for Broadway. I am very open to them having off-broadway categories too, but of course they can barely get fair voting for the broadway shows let alone being part of the Tonys on-air broadcast.
I barely think it's fair that non-profit theaters get to compete for the same awards as commercial productions. It's not a fair game *at all*, but the Broadway community is relatively small, and producing is so difficult and risky, and so there's no other way. But extending it to off-broadway seems too far.
I'm fine with these writers work not being eligible for Broadway awards *until/unless* they are produced ON broadway, but once they are, I think they should be eligible for awards, especially writing awards, that they were not previously eligible for.