Tony Committee Rules: Shuffle Along Is a New Musical

Tony Awards   Tony Committee Rules: Shuffle Along Is a New Musical
 
It will compete with Hamilton for nominations next week.
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Julieta Cervantes

The Tony Awards Administration Committee released its final round of rulings April 29 before next week's nominations.

Among the most-watched decisions, Shuffle Along Or the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and all that Followed will be considered a new musical, not a revival as its producer reportedly had requested.

Instead of competing with The Color Purple, Fiddler on the Roof, Spring Awakening and She Loves Me for Best Revival of a Musical, it will now compete with Hamilton, Waitress, School of Rock, American Psycho, Tuck Everlasting, Bright Star, Disaster!, Amazing Grace and On Your Feet! for Best Musical.

For its fourth and final meeting of the season, the Administration Committee discussed the eligibility of elements of Bright Star, Arthur Miller’s The Crucible, The Father, American Psycho, Waitress, Fully Committed, Tuck Everlasting, Long Day’s Journey Into Night and Shuffle Along.

The committee made the following determinations:

Carmen Cusack will be considered eligible in the Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical category for her performance in Bright Star.

Ciarán Hinds and Saoirse Ronan 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 Arthur Miller’s The Crucible.

Frank Langella will be considered eligible in the Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play category for his performance in The Father.

Es Devlin and Finn Ross will be considered jointly eligible in the Best Scenic Design of a Musical category for their work on American Psycho.

Jessie Mueller will be considered eligible in the Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical category for her performance in Waitress.

Fully Committed will be considered eligible in the Best Revival of a Play category.

Sarah Charles Lewis will be considered eligible in the Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical category for her performance in Tuck Everlasting.

Michael Shannon and John Gallagher, Jr. will be considered eligible in the Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play category for their respective performances in Long Day’s Journey Into Night.

Brandon Victor Dixon, Joshua Henry, Brian Stokes Mitchell and Billy Porter will be considered eligible in the Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical category for their respective performances in Shuffle Along, Or the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and all that Followed.

Shuffle Along, Or the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and all that Followed will be considered eligible in the Best Musical category, as stated above.

All other eligibility rulings were consistent with opening-night billing.

The Tony Awards Nominating Committee will meet Monday evening, May 2, and the nominations will be announced May 3 at the Diamond Horseshoe at The Paramount Hotel in New York City.

The American Theatre Wing’s 70th Annual Tony Awards, hosted by Tony Award winner James Corden, will air on the CBS Television Network on June 12 live from the Beacon Theatre in New York City.

The Tony Awards, which honor theatre professionals for distinguished achievement on Broadway, has been broadcast on CBS since 1978. The Tony Awards are presented by The Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing.

Learn more about the Tony Awards and the upcoming broadcast at TonyAwards.com.

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