Tony Committee Rulings Announced: Chita Is a Musical, Latinologues a Play

News   Tony Committee Rulings Announced: Chita Is a Musical, Latinologues a Play The Tony Administration Committee assembled Jan. 26 to discuss eligibility of Broadway shows that have opened within the past few months.

In the musical categories, The Woman in White’s Maria Friedman, The Color Purple’s LaChanze, Jersey BoysJohn Lloyd Young and In My Life’s Jessica Boevers and Christopher J. Hanke will be the only actors in their shows eligible in the Leading Actor/Actress in a Musical categories. And, Chita Rivera: The Dancer's Life, which features a book by Terrence McNally, will be eligible for nomination in the Best Musical category.

In the play categories, the only decision announced concerns the recent limited engagement of Latinologues. That production will be eligible for nomination in the Best Play category.

A spokesperson for the Tony Awards told Playbill.com that Brad Garrett, who has already departed the cast of The Odd Couple, will be eligible for nomination for his featured performance in the Neil Simon revival.

All other decisions, according to a press statement, were consistent with the opening-night credits.

The Administration Committee previously met in September 2005. Additional meetings are scheduled prior to the announcement of the 2006 Tony Awards nominations, which is scheduled for May 16. The Jan. 26 gathering was the second Tony admin meeting of the 2005-06 season. The 2006 Tony Awards will be broadcast live from Radio City Music Hall on CBS-TV on June 11.

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The Tony Awards Administration Committee assembled for the first time during the 2005-2006 season on Sept. 22. Eligibility decisions were made as well as the creation of a new category: Best Performance by an Actor/Actress Recreating a Role. Actors who replace other actors in long-running shows will now be eligible for a Tony Award. According to a statement released by the Committee, those actors eligible for this category "must not have appeared in the role when the production opened on Broadway. They must also be contracted in the role for a minimum of six months of public performances. Additionally, the producers may not submit more than two candidates per 'Long-Running' Show for the Award (including both Actor and Actress) for any such season."

All still-running Broadway productions that opened in a prior season would be eligible for this new category. Those actors eligible must be playing in roles that were eligible in the Best Performance category in the season the show first opened.

The Committee also discussed the eligibility of the five shows that have opened so far this season: After the Night and the Music, The Constant Wife, Primo, The Blonde in the Thunderbird and Lennon. The one eligibility decision announced concerned the short-lived Suzanne Somers show, The Blonde in the Thunderbird. That production will be eligible for nomination in the Special Theatrical Event category.

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