Issues settled by committee
The Tony Awards administration committee has ruled on the eligibility of nine productions from the current Broadway season, including “Mary Poppins” for best score.That category traditionally is reserved for new scores but while the hit Cameron Mackintosh/Disney production is studded with vintage Sherman Brothers songs from the 1964 film, those tunes have been adapted for the show by George Stiles and Anthony Drewe, who also composed seven new numbers. Also from “Mary Poppins,” below-the-title stars Ashley Brown and Gavin Lee will be considered for lead actress and actor in a musical, respectively. Other tuner contenders for lead acting honors include Alexander Gemignani and Norm Lewis for the revival of “Les Miserables,” Jonathan Groff and Lea Michele for “Spring Awakening” and Will Chase for the short-lived “High Fidelity.” Mark Kudisch will be considered as featured actor in a musical for “The Apple Tree.” All other decisions were consistent with opening-night credits. Nominations will be announced May 15 for the 2007 Tony Awards, to be presented June 10 at Radio City Music Hall.