By Andrew Gans
04 Dec 2008
|Photo by Carol Rosegg|
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 play front:
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.
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.)
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.