Club members celebrate 20 noms

Tony timing helps MTC with B'way permanent plans

“It’s impeccable,” says Lynne Meadow happily, referring to the timing that finds Manhattan Theater Club celebrating 20 Tony nominations for its productions just as plans for a permanent Broadway berth go before various city planning commissions. “I wish I could say I planned it this way,” she adds with a laugh.

The Off Broadway mainstay has had a stellar Broadway season this year. Three productions that originated on MTC stages are up for major Tony awards: “Proof” (six nominations), “A Class Act” (five) and “The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife” (three).

The company is also a Broadway producer of “King Hedley II,” which is nominated for six awards. “Proof,” “Tale” and “Hedley” are all three competing in the prestigious best play category. The sole nominee in the category that MTC isn’t involved with is “The Invention of Love.”

Last fall the company announced its ambitious plan to gain a permanent home on Broadway with the renovation of the long-dormant Biltmore Theater. The complicated plan involves the building of a high-rise apartment building, and a long process of acquiring approval from neighborhood and city planning orgs is just getting under way.

“The timing couldn’t be better,” echoes Barry Grove, MTC’s exec producer. “Having four shows running on Broadway at the same can only help the process.”

Grove hopes the requisite approvals can be secured and major fundraising can begin by Labor Day or Columbus Day.

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