Tony Awards Rule on Eligibility for Constellations and Honeymoon in Vegas

Tony Awards   Tony Awards Rule on Eligibility for Constellations and Honeymoon in Vegas
The Tony Awards administration committee met March 19 for the third time this season to determine the eligibility for two Broadway productions from the 2014-15 season, Constellations and Honeymoon in Vegas.
Jake Gyllenhaal and Ruth Wilson
Jake Gyllenhaal and Ruth Wilson Joan Marcus

Such determinations are usually sought when producers want actors to be considered in categories that don't exactly match their billing. The committee made the following determinations:

Jake Gyllenhaal and Ruth Wilson will be considered eligible in the Best Performance by an Actor/Actress in a Leading Role in a Play categories for their respective performances in Constellations. Gyllenhaal was listed as star, but the committee decided to count both performers as "Leading Roles."

Tony Danza will be considered eligible in the Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical category for his performance in Honeymoon in Vegas. Although Danza was billed over the title, which usually indicates a Lead, producers wanted him to compete in the Featured category and to count fellow cast member Rob McClure (also billed over the title) as Lead.

All other eligibility determinations were consistent with the show’s opening night credits.

The 2015 Tony Awards will be broadcast live June 7 from Radio City Music Hall. The official eligibility cut-off date will be April 23 for all Broadway productions opening in the 2014-2015 season. Nominations be announced April 28 from New York City. The Tony Awards Administration Committee features 24 members, ten designated by the American Theatre Wing, ten by the Broadway League, and one each by the Dramatists Guild, Actors' Equity Association, United Scenic Artists and the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society.

This committee, according to the Tony Awards, "determines eligibility for nominations in all awards categories and reviews the rules governing the awards. It may, at its discretion, bestow non-competitive Tony Awards including Special Tony Awards, the Regional Theatre Tony Award, and the Isabelle Stevenson Award; as well as Tony Honors for Excellence in the Theatre."

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