Tony Ruling: Bowen and Bell Eligible for Leading Actor Noms

News   Tony Ruling: Bowen and Bell Eligible for Leading Actor Noms The Tony Award Administration Committee assembled Sept. 19 for the first time during the 2008-2009 theatre season.
[title of show] creator-stars Jeff Bowen and Hunter Bell.
[title of show] creator-stars Jeff Bowen and Hunter Bell. Photo by Carol Rosegg

The committee discussed the eligibility of two Broadway productions: Cirque Dreams and [title of show]. The only ruling announced concerns [title of show] co-stars Jeff Bowen and Hunter Bell, who were both deemed eligible for nomination in the Leading Actor in a Musical category. (Their female co-stars, Heidi Blickenstaff and Susan Blackwell, will be eligible in the Featured Actress in a Musical category, according to a Tony spokesperson.)

All other decisions were consistent with the opening-night credits. That is, only actors whose names appear above the title are eligible for nomination in the Leading Actor/Actress categories. Producers must petition the Administration Committee in order to change actors' eligibility status.

The Tony Award Administration Committee will meet three more times during the season. The cut-off date for eligibility is April 30, 2009.

The Tony Awards will be held at Radio City Music Hall June 7, 2009. CBS-TV will broadcast the event live.

For more information visit www.tonyawards.com.

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Ricky Kirshner and Glenn Weiss/White Cherry Entertainment will be executive producers of the 2009 Tony Awards. Weiss will also serve as director of the awards ceremony.

The 2009 Tonys are presented by The Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing. Nina Lannan is chairman and Charlotte St. Martin is executive director of the Broadway League. Theodore S. Chapin is chairman and Howard Sherman is executive director of the American Theatre Wing. For Tony Award Productions, Elizabeth I. McCann is managing producer and Joey Parnes is coordinating producer.