Tony Administration Committee Schedules Meeting

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The Tony Administration Committee will assemble April 14 to discuss the eligibility of Broadway productions that have opened since the New Year. Their decisions will be announced later that day.

The committee previously met Jan. 20 to rule on eligibility issues for the first half of the 2004-05 Broadway season.

That meeting resulted in the decision that all of 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 committee will assemble May 9 to determine the nominees for the 59th Annual Tony Awards. The nominees will be announced May 10 at a venue to be determined.

The Antoinette Perry "Tony" Award is bestowed annually for distinguished achievement. The 2005 Tony Awards will once again be held at Radio City Music Hall and will be broadcast by CBS from 8 to 11 PM. Sunday, June 5 is the date. Tony Award winner Hugh Jackman will return as host.

Visit www.tonyawards.com for more information.

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A summer meeting yielded these decisions: 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.

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