Tony Rulings: American Buffalo Ineligible for Nomination

By Andrew Gans
04 Dec 2008

American Buffalo stars Cedric the Entertainer, John Leguizamo and Haley Joel Osment
American Buffalo stars Cedric the Entertainer, John Leguizamo and Haley Joel Osment
Photo by Carol Rosegg

The Tony Awards Administration Committee assembled for the second time this season to discuss the eligibility of nine Broadway productions for the 2009 Tony Awards, presented by The Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing.

The nine shows discussed include A Tale of Two Cities, Equus, The Seagull, 13, A Man for All Seasons, To Be Or Not To Be, All My Sons, Speed-the-Plow and American Buffalo.

The biggest news, perhaps, is the short-lived revival of David Mamet's American Buffalo, which played a brief stint at the Belasco Theatre, will not be eligible for nomination in any category because it failed to meet the performance requirement, according to a Tony spokesperson.

The committee's other rulings follow.



On the musical front:

 

  • James Barbour will be eligible for nomination in the Leading Actor in a Musical category for his performance in A Tale of Two Cities.

     

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  • Graham Phillips will be eligible for nomination in the Leading Actor in a Musical category for his work in 13.

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  • Mackenzie Crook will be eligible for nomination in the Featured Actor in a Play category for his role in The Seagull.

     

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  • Jan Maxwell and David Rasche will be eligible for nomination in the Leading Actress and Actor in a Play categories for their roles in To Be Or Not To Be.

     

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  • Katie Holmes and Patrick Wilson will be eligible for nomination in the Featured Actress and Actor in a Play categories for their roles in All My Sons.

     

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  • Elisabeth Moss will be eligible for nomination in the Featured Actress in a Play category for her role in Speed-The-Plow.

    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.

    Billy Elliot—The Musical, Dividing the Estate and other Broadway shows will be discussed at future meetings.

    The Tony Award Administration Committee will meet three more times during the season. The cut-off date for eligibility is April 30, 2009.

    The Tony Awards will be held at Radio City Music Hall June 7, 2009. CBS-TV will broadcast the event live.

    For more information visit www.tonyawards.com.

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    The committee previously discussed the eligibility of two Broadway productions — Cirque Dreams and [title of show] — during a Sept. 19 meeting. The only ruling announced concerned [title of show] co-stars Jeff Bowen and Hunter Bell, who were both deemed eligible for nomination in the Leading Actor in a Musical category. (Their female co-stars, Heidi Blickenstaff and Susan Blackwell, will be eligible in the Featured Actress in a Musical category, according to a Tony spokesperson.)

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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.