Tony Rulings for Piazza, Pillowman, Magnolias and More Announced

News   Tony Rulings for Piazza, Pillowman, Magnolias and More Announced The Tony Administration Committee assembled May 5 to discuss the eligibility of Broadway productions that opened in the final months of the 2005-2005 season.

The Pillowman's Michael Stuhlbarg (left) and Billy Crudup
The Pillowman's Michael Stuhlbarg (left) and Billy Crudup Photo by Joan Marcus

Their decisions follow:

On the musical front:

From the cast of All Shook Up, only Cheyenne Jackson and Jenn Gambatese will be eligible to compete in the Best Lead Actor/Actress in a Musical categories. That show's Ken Roberson and Sergio Trujillo will be eligible in the Best Choreography field.

The only member of The Light in the Piazza to be eligible in the Best Actress in a Musical Category is Victoria Clark.

Those members of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang eligible in the Lead Actor/Actress in a Musical categories are Raul Esparza, Erin Dilly and Philip Bosco. The Sherman Brothers' Chitty score is not eligible in the Best Original Score category because 14 of the songs are from the movie of the same name with only 6 original songs added for the stage production. All the actors in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee will be eligible in the Featured Actor and Actress in a Musical categories.

Christina Applegate is the only actor from the Sweet Charity revival eligible in a leading acting category.

Although he has already departed the cast of La Cage aux Folles, Daniel Davis will be eligible for a Leading Actor in a Musical nomination.

Good Vibrations' Kate Reinders and David Larsen will be eligible in the Best Lead Actor/Actress in a Musical category (this decision was unreported after the April 14 committee meeting).

On the play front:

The entire company of the Glengarry Glen Ross revival will be eligible in the Best Featured Actor in a Play category. Similarly, the entire company of Steel Magnolias will be eligible in the Best Featured Actress in a Play category. And, Steel Magnolias will be eligible in the Best Revival of a Play category.

The Pillowman's Billy Crudup and Jeff Goldblum will be eligible in the Best Lead Actor in a Play category, while their co-stars, Zeljko Ivanek and Michael Stuhlbarg, are eligible in the Best Featured Actor in a Play category. And, that show's music will be eligible in the Best Original Score category.

Denzel Washington is the sole actor from the revival of Julius Caesar eligible in the Leading Actor in a Play category.

All other decisions were consistent with the opening-night credits.

The Tony committee will again assemble May 9 to determine the nominees for the 59th Annual Tony Awards. On May 10, Alan Cumming, Lynn Redgrave, Kate Burton and Brian Stokes Mitchell will read the list of Tony nominees at 8:30 AM at the Marriott Marquis Hotel.

The Antoinette Perry "Tony" Award is bestowed annually for distinguished achievement. The 2005 Tony Awards will once again be held at Radio City Music Hall and will be broadcast by CBS from 8 to 11 PM. Sunday, June 5 is the date. Tony Award winner Hugh Jackman will return as host.

Visit www.tonyawards.com for more information.

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Previous meetings of the Tony Administration Committee yielded the following decisions:

All of the season's solo shows — Dame Edna: Back with a Vengeance!, Laugh Whore, 700 Sundays, The Good Body, Whoopi: The 20th Anniversary Show and Jackie Mason: Freshly Squeezed — as well as the return engagement of Forever Tango will be considered in the "Special Theatrical Event" category.

After the Fall, Sight Unseen, Reckless and Twelve Angry Men will be eligible in the Best Revival of a Play category.

The Frogs, the newly revamped version of Stephen Sondheim and Burt Shevelove's Aristophanes-inspired 1974 musical which played Lincoln Center's Vivian Beaumont Theater last summer, has been deemed a New Musical. Because of that decision, the score and the book of the musical will be eligible for nominations in Best Score and Best Book of a Musical categories.

In Brooklyn Boy, only Adam Arkin will be eligible in the Leading Actor in a Play category.

Robert Prosky and Michael Cumpsty from Democracy and Ruben Santiago-Hudson and LisaGay Hamilton from Gem of the Ocean will be considered in the categories for Best Performance by a Featured Actor/Actress in a Play.

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels' Joanna Gleason and Gregory Jbara will be eligible in the Featured Actress/Actor in a Musical field, while John Lithgow, Norbert Leo Butz and Sherie Rene Scott will be eligible in the Leading Actor/Actress in a Musical category.

In the Pulitzer Prize-winning Doubt, only Cherry Jones and Brian F. O'Byrne will be eligible in the Leading Actor/Actress in a Play category.

Josh Lucas, Sarah Paulson and Christian Slater, starring in the current revival of The Glass Menagerie, will be eligible in the Featured Actor/Actress in a Play category.

Only Little Women's Sutton Foster will be eligible in the Leading Actress in a Musical category.

Actors Mary Louise Parker (Reckless) and Philip Bosco and Boyd Gaines (Twelve Angry Men) will all be considered in the Best Performance by a Leading Actor/Actress in a Play categories.

Laura Linney and Ben Shenkman, who starred in Donald Margulies' Sight Unseen, will be eligible in the Lead Actor/Actress Tony categories.

Three of Spamalot's leading men will be eligible in the Leading Actor in a Musical category: Tim Curry, David Hyde Pierce and Hank Azaria. Sara Ramirez will be eligible in the Featured Actress in a Musical field. The score for the new musical — Eric Idle (lyrics) and John Du Prez and Idle (music) — will be eligible in the Best Score category.

Kathleen Turner and Bill Irwin are the two actors from the revival of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? eligible in the Leading Actress/Actor in a Play categories.