Additional Tony Decisions: The Frogs, Sight Unseen and After the Fall

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Playbill.com has learned a few additional decisions that were made by the Tony Awards Administration Committee in a meeting held in September 2004.

The decisions, according to a Tony spokesperson, concerned two plays — Sight Unseen and After the Fall — and one musical, Stephen Sondheim's The Frogs.

The Committee decided that both After the Fall — the Roundabout Theatre Company's production of the Arthur Miller work — and Sight Unseen were "classic" works and would therefore be eligible in the Best Revival of a Play category.

Sight Unseen was a previous hit Off-Broadway, although the May 2004 production marked its Broadway debut. Laura Linney and Ben Shenkman, who starred in the Donald Margulies play, will be eligible in the Lead Actor/Actress Tony categories.

The Frogs, the newly revamped version of Stephen Sondheim and Burt Shevelove's Aristophanes-inspired 1974 musical which played Lincoln Center's Vivian Beaumont Theater last summer, has been deemed a New Musical. Because of that decision, the score and the book of the musical will be eligible for nominations in Best Score and Best Book of a Musical categories.

The Tony Awards will be broadcast in a live three-hour ceremony from Radio City Music Hall on June 5. Visit www.tonyawards.com for more information.

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The Tony Awards Administration Committee also assembled Jan. 20 to rule on eligibility issues for the first half of the 2004-05 Broadway season.

The meeting resulted in the decision that all the season's solo shows — Dame Edna: Back with a Vengeance!, Laugh Whore, 700 Sundays, The Good Body and Whoopi, The 20th Anniversary Show — as well as the return engagement of Forever Tango will be considered in the "Special Theatrical Event" category.

Reckless and Twelve Angry Men will be considered by the nomination committee as revivals.

In addition, actors Mary Louise Parker (Reckless) and Philip Bosco and Boyd Gaines (Twelve Angry Men) will all be considered in the Best Performance by a Leading Actor/Actress in a Play categories.

Robert Prosky and Michael Cumpsty from Democracy and Ruben Santiago-Hudson and LisaGay Hamilton from Gem of the Ocean will be considered in the categories for Best Performance by a Featured Actor/Actress in a Play.

All other decisions were consistent with the opening-night credits.

The Tony Awards Administration Committee met in September to consider shows, which opened prior to August 2004 and is scheduled to meet two additional times before the Tony Awards nomination announcements.

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