Tony Rulings: Coram Boy Music Eligible for Best Score

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The Tony Administration Committee assembled for the final time during the 2006-2007 theatre season May 10. The Committee discussed the eligibility of 13 Broadway shows.

Charlotte Parry and Xanthe Elbrick in Coram Boy.
Charlotte Parry and Xanthe Elbrick in Coram Boy. Photo by Joan Marcus

The shows discussed, according to a Tony spokesperson, include Talk Radio, Curtains, The Year of Magical Thinking, The Pirate Queen, Moon for the Misbegotten, Inherit the Wind, Frost/Nixon, Legally Blonde, Coram Boy, LoveMusik, Deuce, Radio Golf and 110 in the Shade.

The rulings follow:

The music for Coram Boy — penned by Adrian Sutton — will be eligible for nomination in the Best Original Score category. Only Sutton's original music is eligible; the Handel selections heard in the production are ineligible. (The original music penned for another new play this season, The Coast of Utopia, was deemed ineligible for a Best Original Score nomination at a previous meeting.)

Those eligible for nomination in the Lead Actor or Lead Actress in a Musical categories in Pirate Queen, Legally Blonde and LoveMusik include Stephanie J. Block (The Pirate Queen), Hadley Fraser (The Pirate Queen), Laura Bell Bundy (Legally Blonde), Donna Murphy (LoveMusik) and Michael Cerveris (LoveMusik).

John Cullum will be eligible for nomination in the Featured Actor in a Musical category for his performance in the revival of 110 in the Shade. Tonya Pinkins, Anthony Chisholm and John Earl Jelks — who co-star in August Wilson's Radio Golf — will be eligible for nomination in the Featured Actress or Actor categories.

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. For this current round of rulings, this means that both Angela Lansbury and Marian Seldes are eligible for nomination in the Best Actress in a Play category, and Curtains' Debra Monk is eligible for nomination in the Best Actress in a Musical category; all three are billed above the title.

The Tony Awards Administration Committee, according to the official Tony Award website, "is comprised of 24 members, of whom 10 are designated by the Wing, 10 by the League, and one each by the Dramatists Guild, Actors' Equity Association, United Scenic Artists, and the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers." The Committee will meet one additional time this season.

As previously announced, the 61st Annual Antoinette Perry "Tony" Awards — saluting the best of the Broadway theatre season — will be presented June 10 at Radio City Music Hall. A host has yet to be named.

Nominations for the 2007 Tony Awards will be announced May 15 by Tony Award winner Jane Krakowski and former Renter Taye Diggs at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts. The cut-off date for eligibility for the 2006-2007 theatre season was May 9.

Tickets for the Tony Awards will go on sale May 15 at 9 AM by visiting www.tonyawards.com or by calling (212) 307-4544.

The Tony Awards are presented by Tony Award Productions, a joint venture of the League of American Theatres and Producers and the American Theatre Wing.

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Previous rulings of the season follow.

April 12 meeting:

All three parts of Tom Stoppard's Coast of Utopia trilogy — Voyage, Shipwreck and Salvage — will be considered as one play in the Best Play category. In that show at the Vivian Beaumont Theater, Brían F. O'Byrne will be eligible for nomination in the Leading Actor in a Play category.

Both Jefferson Mays (Journey's End) and John Mahoney (Prelude to a Kiss) will be eligible for nomination in the Best Featured Actor in a Play category.

Jan. 18 meeting:

In the Lead Actor and Actress in a Musical categories, those actors who will be eligible for nomination include Les Misérables' Alexander Gemignani and Norm Lewis; Mary Poppins' Ashley Brown and Gavin Lee; High Fidelity's Will Chase; and Spring Awakening's Jonathan Groff and Lea Michele.

The Apple Tree's Marc Kudisch will be eligible for nomination in the Featured Actor in a Musical category.

Another decision concerned the score to Mary Poppins, which features songs from the classic film as well as new tunes. The score will be eligible for nomination in the Best Score field.

The New York Post also reports that the revival of A Chorus Line is ineligible for nomination in the Best Director, Best Choreography, Best Costume Design, Best Lighting Design and Best Scenic Design categories because the work is a re-creation of the original. Similarly, the Les Miz revival is ineligible for nomination for direction as well as set, costume and lighting design.

The Nov. 30, 2006 meeting:

Both Kiki & Herb: Alive on Broadway and the recently closed Jay Johnson: The Two and Only will be eligible for nomination in the Special Theatrical Event category.

The only actors in The Times They Are A-Changin’ who will be eligible for nomination in the Lead Actor/Actress in a Musical categories are Michael Arden, Thom Sesma and Lisa Brescia.

Patrick Page will be the only actor from Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas eligible for a Lead Actor in a Musical Tony nomination.

In the revival of Heartbreak House actors Byron Jennings, Lily Rabe and Laila Robins will be eligible for nomination in the Featured Actor or Actress in a Play categories.

Laura Bell Bundy is eligible to be nominated in the category of Lead Actress in a Musical for <i>Legally Blonde</i>.
Laura Bell Bundy is eligible to be nominated in the category of Lead Actress in a Musical for Legally Blonde. Photo by Paul Kolnik
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