The New York Post reported Jan. 7 that the committee would discuss whether replacement actors in Broadway shows — i.e., Harvey Fierstein in Fiddler on the Roof, Brooke Shields in Wonderful Town — should be eligible to win a Tony for their work. A spokesperson for the Tony Awards, however, told Playbill On-Line that the idea of a replacement Tony category will not be part of the Jan. 20 discussion. "It has been talked about in the past and they will continue to talk about it for the future, but it is not a category that can be implemented for this year's awards season," said the spokesperson. "The rules specifically preclude the introduction of new categories in mid-year — any new categories can only be voted upon and implemented at their annual meeting in May for the next year. This year's categories were set [last May]."
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.
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