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5 minutes with a Tony nominee: Manhattan Theatre Club’s Lynne Meadow and Chris Jennings

All three of the plays produced by Manhattan Theatre club this Broadway season are nominated for a Best Play Tony Award.

(L-R) Lynne Meadow and Chris Jennings attend the 77th Annual Tony Awards Meet the Nominees Press Event at Sofitel New York on May 02, 2024, in New York City. (Credit: Jenny Anderson/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions)

Manhattan Theatre Club (MTC) has a storied history of producing quality work, as evidenced by the nonprofit company’s record of Tony Award nominations. This year, MTC has reached a milestone: 30 nominations for Best Play, Best Revival of a Play or Best Musical. 

The organization reached this marker when all three of the shows they produced during the 2023-2024 Broadway season (“Jaja’s African Hair Braiding,” “Prayer for the French Republic” and “Mary Jane,” in order of opening) earned nods for Best Play.

At the same time that MTC has shown its dedication to quality, the nonprofit has also demonstrated its commitment to cultivating new and diverse audiences through education, outreach and post-show programming. 

Here, artistic director Lynne Meadow and executive director Chris Jennings discuss assembling a winning season, attracting (and retaining) audiences and ideating for next season.

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