Tony Administration Committee Rules on Cats and Paramour

Tony Awards   Tony Administration Committee Rules on Cats and Paramour Shows that open in the refurbished Hudson Theatre will also be eligible in 2017.
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Actor and actress nominees with host James Corden at the 2016 Tony Awards Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions

The Tony Awards Administration Committee met October 13, its first meeting this season, and confirmed the eligibility of two Broadway productions, Paramour and Cats, for the 2017 American Theatre Wing’s Tony Awards.

There were no special rulings for either of the two productions. Nominations will be made in categories that are consistent with opening night billing.

However, a Tony spokesperson told Playbill.com that Trevor Nunn (direction), John Napier (scenic design and costume design) and Gillian Lynne (original choreography) will not be eligible for this revival production of Cats, as they were previously eligible for this work in the original 1982 production of the musical. Andy Blankenbuhler, who added choreography for this production, was also deemed ineligible by the Tony Administration Committee.

The committee also determined that the newly renovated Hudson Theatre will be considered a Tony-eligible theatre, starting in the current season. A revival of Lanford Wilson’s Burn This is scheduled to be inaugural production in the refurbished house. The theatre, located on West 44th Street, will have a minimum of 970 seats without the use of the orchestra pit and 948 seats when the orchestra pit is utilized by a production.

The Tony Awards Administration Committee meets a total of four times throughout the 2016-2017 season to decide the eligibility for the 71st Annual Tony Awards.

The American Theatre Wing’s 71st Annual Tony Awards will air on the CBS Television Network on Sunday, June 11, 2017, (8:00-11:00 PM, ET/delayed PT). The Tony Awards, which honors theatre professionals for distinguished achievement on Broadway, has been broadcast on CBS since 1978. The Tony Awards are presented by The Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing.

The official eligibility cut-off date will be April 27, 2017, for all Broadway productions opening in the 2016-2017 season. Productions which meet all other eligibility requirements and open on or before the eligibility date are considered eligible for 2017 Tony Award nominations. The Tony Award Nominations will be announced live on May 2, 2017.

For more information on the Tony Awards, visit TonyAwards.com.

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