Tony Rulings: Estate and American Plan Are New Plays; Slava, Liza and Shaolin Are Theatrical Events

Tony Awards   Tony Rulings: Estate and American Plan Are New Plays; Slava, Liza and Shaolin Are Theatrical Events
 
The Tony Awards Administration Committee assembled for the third time this season Feb. 12 to discuss the eligibility of nine Broadway productions for the 2009 Tony Awards, presented by The Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing.
Kieran Campion and Lily Rabe in The American  Plan.
Kieran Campion and Lily Rabe in The American Plan. Photo by Carol Rosegg

The nine shows discussed were Billy Elliot the Musical, Dividing the Estate, Irving Berlin's White Christmas, Liza's at the Palace, Slava's Snowshow, Shrek the Musical, Pal Joey, Soul of Shaolin and The American Plan.

The committee's rulings follow:

On the musical front:
David Alvarez, Trent Kowalik and Kiril Kulish are eligible to be considered jointly in the Leading Actor in a Musical category for their performances in Billy Elliot the Musical.

Stephen Bogardus, Jeffry Denman, Kerry O'Malley and Meredith Patterson will be considered eligible in the Leading Actor in a Musical and Leading Actress in Musical categories for their performances in Irving Berlin's White Christmas.

Brian d'Arcy James and Sutton Foster will be considered eligible in the Leading Actor in a Musical and Leading Actress in a Musical categories for their performances in Shrek the Musical. Danny Troob and John Clancy are eligible in the category of Best Orchestrations for Shrek the Musical.

The new book by Richard Greenberg for Pal Joey will be eligible in the Book of a Musical category.

Martha Plimpton will be considered eligible in the Featured Actress in a Musical category for her performance in Pal Joey.

On the play front:
Dividing the Estate and The American Plan are both eligible in the category of Best Play.

On other fronts:
Liza's at the Palace, Slava's Snowshow and Soul of Shaolin will all be considered eligible in the Special Theatrical Event category.

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 two more times during the season. The cut-off date for eligibility is April 30.

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

For more information visit www.tonyawards.com.

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The Tony Awards Administration Committee, which meets several times each season to discuss the eligibility of Broadway productions, comprises 24 members: ten designated by the Wing, ten 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 members of the 2008-2009 Administration Committee include Emanuel Azenberg, Roger Berlind, Ted Chapin, John Connolly, Bill Craver, Dasha Epstein, Mallory Factor, James Freydberg, Cecilia Friederichs, Philip Getter, Sondra Gilman, Doug Leeds, Paul Libin, Margo Lion, Jo Sullivan Loesser, Kevin McCollum, James L. Nederlander, James M. Nederlander, Laura Penn, Michael Price, Charlotte St. Martin, Gerald Schoenfeld, Howard Sherman and John Weidman. Alternates are Billie Allen, Melvin Bernhardt, Michael David, Brian Drutman, Alan Eisenberg, Barry Grove, Fredda Harris, Michael McBride, Judith O. Rubin, Thomas Schumacher, Ralph Sevush, Philip Smith, Leonard Soloway and David Stone.

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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. Alan Wasser Associates will act as the general manager of the 2009 Tony Awards.

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