Tony Awards Rule on Eligibility for Last 18 Shows of the Season, Including Fun Home and American in Paris

Tony Awards   Tony Awards Rule on Eligibility for Last 18 Shows of the Season, Including Fun Home and American in Paris
 
The Tony Awards Administration Committee met April 23 for the fourth and final time this season to determine which shows and artists will be eligible in which categories for 18 Broadway productions from the 2014-15 season, including Fun Home and American in Paris and most of the final rush of new shows.
Kelli O'Hara and Ken Watanabe
Kelli O'Hara and Ken Watanabe Paul Kolnik

Such determinations are usually sought when producers want actors to be considered in categories that don't exactly match their billing. The committee made the following determinations:

The 18 productions discussed were Fish in the Dark, The Audience, On the Twentieth Century, The Heidi Chronicles, Skylight, Hand to God, Gigi, Wolf Hall Parts One & Two, An American in Paris, It Shoulda Been You, Finding Neverland, The King and I, Fun Home, Living on Love, Doctor Zhivago, Something Rotten!, Airline Highway and The Visit.

The Tony Nominating Committee will meet the evening of April 27 to make nominations for the 2015 Tony Awards. This year's nominations are scheduled to be announced 8:30 AM April 28.

In most cases the Administration Committee was ruling today on leading actors whose names were not above the show's title. Tony rules say that in order to be considered a lead, a performer must have his or her name above the title. But producers may ask the committee to designate a below-the-title name as "lead." Producers may also do the reverse and ask that an above-the-title performer be considered in the Featured categories.

The committee made the following determinations:  

  • Robert Fairchild and Leanne Cope will be considered eligible in the Best Actor/Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical categories for their respective performances in An American in Paris.
  • Brian d’Arcy James and John Cariani will be considered eligible in the Best Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical category for their respective performances in Something Rotten!
  • Tam Mutu and Kelli Barrett will be considered eligible in the Best Actor/Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical categories for their respective performances in Doctor Zhivago.
  • Kelli O’Hara and Ken Watanabe will be considered eligible in the Best Actor/Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical categories for their respective performances in The King and I.

 

 

 

  • Andy Karl, Mark Linn-Baker and Michael McGrath will be considered eligible in the Best Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical category for their respective performances in On the Twentieth Century.

 

  • Judy Kuhn will be considered eligible in the Best Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical category for her performance in Fun Home.

 

  • Jason Biggs and Bryce Pinkham will be considered eligible in the Best Actor in a Featured Role in a Play category for their respective performances in The Heidi Chronicles.

 

  • Steven Boyer and Geneva Carr will be considered eligible in the Best Actor/Actress in a Leading Role in a Play categories for their respective performances in Hand to God.

 

  • Hilary Mantel and Mike Poulton will be considered co-authors and jointly eligible in the Best Play category for Wolf Hall Parts One & Two.

 

  • Ben Miles will be considered eligible in the Best Actor in a Leading Role in a Play category for his performance in Wolf Hall Parts One & Two.

 

  • Paule Constable and David Plater will be considered jointly eligible in the Best Lighting Design of a Play category for Wolf Hall Parts One & Two.

 

  • Bob Crowley and 59 Productions will be considered jointly eligible in the Best Scenic Design of a Musical category for An American in Paris.

 

  • Christopher Austin, Don Sebesky and Bill Elliott will be considered jointly eligible in the Best Orchestrations category for An American in Paris.

 

 

  • Christopher Gattelli will be considered eligible in the Best Choreography category for The King and I.

 

  • Beth Malone will be considered eligible in the Best Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical category for her performance in Fun Home.

 

  • Anna Chlumsky and Jerry O’Connell will be considered eligible in the Best Actor/Actress in a Featured Role in a Play categories for their respective performances in Living on Love.
  • Michael Scott-Mitchell and Sean Nieuwenhuis will be considered jointly eligible in the Best Scenic Design of a Musical category for Doctor Zhivago.

All other eligibility determinations were consistent with the show’s opening-night credits.
The 2015 Tony Awards will be broadcast live June 7 from Radio City Music Hall. 

The Tony Awards Administration Committee features 24 members, ten designated by the American Theatre Wing, ten by the Broadway League, and one each by the Dramatists Guild, Actors' Equity Association, United Scenic Artists and the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society.

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."

Click here to read about the 50-Member Tony Awards Nominating Committee Announced for 2014-15 Season.

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