Tony Rulings: Taboo Score Eligible, Oz Score Not; Little Shop a Revival

Tony Awards   Tony Rulings: Taboo Score Eligible, Oz Score Not; Little Shop a Revival The Tony Awards Administration Committee assembled Jan. 8 to discuss eligibility of shows that opened on Broadway during the first half of the season. Their decisions, according to a Tony Awards spokesperson, follow.

On the musical front:

•The Broadway bow of Alan Menken and Howard Ashman's Little Shop of Horrors will be eligible in the Best Revival of a Musical category; co-stars Hunter Foster and Kerry Butler will be eligible in the Leading Actor/Actress in a Musical categories.

John Tartaglia and Stephanie D'Abruzzo, who co-star in the puppet friendly Avenue Q, will be eligible in the Leading Actor/Actress in a Musical categories.

• The score from Peter Allen's The Boy From Oz will not be eligible for a Best Score nomination because it was not originally written for the theatre.

Euan Morton, who portrays Boy George in Taboo, is the only actor from that musical eligible in the Leading Actor in a Musical category; the Boy George score is eligible for a Best Score nomination. •Noah Racey and Nancy Lemenager are the only actors from Never Gonna Dance eligible in the Leading Actor/Actress in a Musical categories.

Wicked co-stars Idina Menzel and Kristin Chenoweth are eligible in the Leading Actress in a Musical category; Joel Grey, who portrays the Wizard, is eligible in the Featured Actor in a Musical category.

•All actors in the recent revival of Big River will be eligible in the Featured Actor/Actress in a Musical category. This includes Daniel Jenkins, who portrayed Huck Finn in both the original and the revival. Jenkins' work in the Deaf West production was deemed different enough to warrant eligibility.

On the play front:

•Danny Glover is the only actor from the revival of MASTER HAROLD. . . and the boys eligible in the Leading Actor in a Play category.

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof co-stars Ashley Judd, Ned Beatty and Jason Patric are all eligible in the Leading Actor/Actress in a Play categories.

The Violet Hour's Robert Sean Leonard is the only actor from the Richard Greenberg play eligible in the Leading Actor in a Play category.

•The only actor from The Caretaker revival eligible in the Leading Actor in a Play category is Patrick Stewart.

•Three actors from Lincoln Center's Henry IV are eligible in the Leading Actor in a Play category: Kevin Kline, Richard Easton and Michael Hayden.

•The short-lived Six Dance Lessons is eligible for a Best Play nomination.

Other fronts:

The Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All and the recent Jackie Mason production did not meet eligibility requirements.

Bobbi Boland, which never opened, is also not eligible.

The Tony Awards Administration Committee will meet again in April to discuss shows that opened during the second half of the theatre season. The Antoinette Perry "Tony" Award is bestowed annually for distinguished achievement. Details about the 2004 Tony Awards, which will again be broadcast on CBS, are expected shortly.

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The League of American Theatres and Producers and the American Theatre Wing, who jointly present the annual Tony Awards, have extended their decades-long relationship.

Their most recent contract for Tony Award Productions (TAP) was due to expire with the 2004 telecast; the contract has now been extended through 2008. TAP is also in discussion with CBS to extend their agreement with the eye network, which also runs through 2004.

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