Tony rules on ‘Classics’

'Frankie,' 'La boheme' likely to be in revival categories

Another season, another new rule from the Tony people.

The administration committee of the legit awards org released the following declaration this week: “A play or musical that is determined by the Tony Awards Administration Committee (in its sole discretion) to be a ‘classic’ or in the historical or popular repertoire shall not be eligible for an award in the best play or best musical category but may be eligible in that appropriate best revival category, if any, provided it meets all other eligibility requirements set forth in these rules.”

Anyone need a translation?

Possible impact

The current staging of the Terrence McNally play “Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune” and the upcoming production of the Puccini opera “La boheme” will most likely be eligible in the revival categories and not as best play and best musical, respectively.

Although neither has ever been staged in a Broadway theater, “Frankie and Johnny” was first presented at the Manhattan Theater Club in 1987 and went on to have an extended commercial Off Broadway run. Edie Falco and Stanley Tucci star in the current Broadway production at the Belasco Theater.

“La boheme,” first performed in 1896, is a perennial at both the Metropolitan Opera and the New York City Opera, and will receive revivals at both houses in spring 2003. Baz Luhrmann directs the opera’s Broadway preem, due in December.

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