Tony Administration Committee Rules on Eligibility for Hamilton and 9 Other Broadway Shows

Tony Awards   Tony Administration Committee Rules on Eligibility for Hamilton and 9 Other Broadway Shows The Tony Awards Administration Committee assembled Nov. 12 for the first time this season to determine the eligibility of ten Broadway productions for the 2016 Tony Awards, presented by The Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing.
Leslie Odom, Jr. will be considered eligible for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical
Leslie Odom, Jr. will be considered eligible for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical Photo by Joan Marcus

The committee will meet a total of four times throughout the 2015-16 season to decide the eligibility for the 70th Annual Tony Awards.

The productions discussed were An Act of God, Amazing Grace, Hamilton, Spring Awakening, Old Times, Fool for Love, The Gin Game, Sylvia, Dames at Sea and Thérèse Raquin.

The committee made the following determinations:

Leslie Odom, Jr. will be considered eligible for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical
Leslie Odom, Jr. will be considered eligible for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical Photo by Joan Marcus

Lin-Manuel Miranda, Leslie Odom, Jr. and Phillipa Soo will be considered eligible in the Best Performance by an Actor/Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical categories for their respective performances in Hamilton. 

Austin P. McKenzie and Sandra Mae Frank will be considered eligible in the Best Performance by an Actor/Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical categories for their respective performances in Spring Awakening. Dane Laffrey and Lucy Mackinnon will be considered jointly eligible in the Best Scenic Design of a Musical category for their work in Spring Awakening.

Sam Rockwell and Nina Arianda will be considered eligible in the Best Performance by an Actor/Actress in a Leading Role in a Play categories for their respective performances in Fool for Love.

Robert Sella and Julie White will be considered eligible in the Best Performance by an Actor/Actress in a Featured Role in a Play categories for their respective performances in Sylvia.   

Cary Tedder and Eloise Kropp will be considered eligible in the Best Performance by an Actor/Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical categories for their respective performances in Dames at Sea.

Gabriel Ebert and Judith Light will be considered eligible in the Best Performance by an Actor/Actress in a Featured Role in a Play categories for their respective performances in Thérèse Raquin.   

Fool for Love and Sylvia will be considered eligible in the Best Revival of a Play category.

Dames at Sea will be considered eligible in the Best Revival of a Musical category.

All other eligibility rulings were consistent with opening-night billing. That is, only actors whose names appear above the title are eligible for nomination in the Leading Actor/Actress categories. Producers must petition the Administration Committee in order to change actors' eligibility status.

The Tony Awards Administration Committee features 24 members, of whom 10 are designated by the Wing, 10 by the League and one each by the Dramatists Guild, Actors' Equity Association, United Scenic Artists and the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers.

This committee, according to the Tony Awards, "determines eligibility for nominations in all awards categories and reviews the rules governing the awards. It may, at its discretion, bestow non-competitive Tony Awards including Special Tony Awards, the Regional Theatre Tony Award, and the Isabelle Stevenson Award; as well as Tony Honors for Excellence in the Theatre."