Inside Move: Is Time Out Tony or phony?

D'Abruzzo left off listings mag cover

On Monday, Time Out magazine shot the cover for its Tony Awards issue — or, rather, its theater issue.

The Gotham weekly started out with “Wicked” ladies Idina Menzel and Kristin Chenoweth for its cover. Then a couple of powerful legit birdies strongly recommended that Donna Murphy of “Wonderful Town” and Tonya Pinkins of “Caroline, or Change” be added to the mix. All four just happen to be Tony nominated for leading actress in a musical.

But when the legit quartet got to the photo studio Monday, they had to wonder: Where was the fifth nominee, Stephanie D’Abruzzo from “Avenue Q”? Voicing concern over the exclusion from their ranks, the four actresses were told that they were not, in fact, posing for an article about the Tonys.

“The concept is an affectionate study of divadom,” said David Cote, the magazine’s theater editor. Apparently, D’Abruzzo was deemed part of an ensemble and therefore not diva enough.

“Stephanie is a diva!” claimed “Avenue Q” producer Robyn Goodman.

As for the expansion from two to four thesps on the Time Out cover, Cote offered, “There were a lot of ideas thrown around. The story has been in the works (since) before the nominations were announced.”

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