Tony Awards Rule on Eligibility for Side Show Twins and Set Stage for Potential Increase of Nominees

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The Tony Awards administration committee met Jan. 15 for the second time this season to determine the eligibility for eight Broadway productions from the 2014-15 season. The committee also announced a change in rules that determine the number of Tony nominees.
Emily Padgett and Erin Davie
Emily Padgett and Erin Davie Photo by Joan Marcus

Among the shows discussed were The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Disgraced, The Last Ship, The Real Thing, The River, Side Show, A Delicate Balance and The Elephant Man.

The committee also revealed several changes that have the potential to affect the number of nominees in Performance categories, as well as categories of Best Direction of both plays and musicals, and Best Choreography. According to the committee, if there are seven eligible candidates in either the Best Direction of a Play or Best Direction of a Musical categories, the number of nominees in the respective category will increase from four to five.

A similar ruling, affecting the Best Choreography category, also states that if there are a minimum of seven eligible candidates, then the number of nominees will also increase from four to five.

Actors will also be affected by the changes, with the potential for seven nominees to be named in the various Best Performance categories. According to the committee, should there be a two-way or three-way tie for the last slot of nominations in any of the eight Best Performance categories, both or all three of the tied actors or actresses will be eligible for a nomination in his or her respective category.

The committee also made the following determinations for specific productions: Alex Sharp will be considered eligible in the Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play category for his performance in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.

Finn Ross will be considered eligible, along with Bunny Christie, in the category of Best Scenic Design of a Play for their work in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.

Josh Radnor will be considered eligible in the Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play category for his performance in Disgraced.

Michael Esper and Rachel Tucker 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 The Last Ship.

Cynthia Nixon and Josh Hamilton 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 The Real Thing.

Erin Davie and Emily Padgett will be considered eligible in the Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical category for their respective performances in Side Show.

Bob Balaban, Clare Higgins and Martha Plimpton 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 A Delicate Balance.

Patricia Clarkson and Alessandro Nivola 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 The Elephant Man.

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 official eligibility cut-off date will be April 23 for all Broadway productions opening in the 2014-2015 season. Nominations be announced April 28 from New York City.

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."

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