Tony Rulings for Spamalot, Scoundrels, Menagerie and More Announced

News   Tony Rulings for Spamalot, Scoundrels, Menagerie and More Announced The Tony Administration Committee assembled April 14 to discuss the eligibility of Broadway productions that have opened since the New Year.

Their decisions follow:

On the musical front:
•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.

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.

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

•All of the actors in Good Vibrations will be eligible in the Featured Actor/Actress in a Musical categories. On the play front:
•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.

•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.

•In Brooklyn Boy, only Adam Arkin will be eligible in the Leading Actor 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.

Other fronts:
Jackie Mason's new one-man show, Jackie Mason: Freshly Squeezed, will be eligible in the Special Theatrical Event category.

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

The productions of Steel Magnolias, Pillowman, Julius Caesar, Glengarry Glen Ross, Light in the Piazza, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, All Shook Up and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee were not discussed. They will be reviewed at the final meeting May 5. The Tony committee will then assemble May 9 to determine the nominees for the 59th Annual Tony Awards. The nominees will be announced May 10 at a venue to be determined.

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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The committee previously met Jan. 20 to rule on eligibility issues for the first half of the 2004-05 Broadway season.

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

Reckless and Twelve Angry Men will be considered by the nomination committee as revivals.

In addition, 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.

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.

A summer meeting yielded these decisions: The Committee decided that both After the Fall — the Roundabout Theatre Company's production of the Arthur Miller work — and Sight Unseen were "classic" works and would therefore be eligible in the Best Revival of a Play category.

Sight Unseen was a previous hit Off-Broadway, although the May 2004 production marked its Broadway debut. Laura Linney and Ben Shenkman, who starred in the Donald Margulies play, will be eligible in the Lead Actor/Actress Tony categories.

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.

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