London import “Coram Boy” may technically be classified a Broadway play, but the music-heavy show will still be considered eligible for a Tony nom for original score.
Decision on “Boy” is probably the most surprising one to emerge from the season’s final meeting of the Tony Awards Administration Committee, which meets periodically throughout the year to determine category eligibility for Tony noms.
Music by 18th century composer George Frideric Handel is prominently featured in “Coram Boy,” but creatives for the show have emphasized that the vast majority of its 60-plus minutes of music is original, composed by Adrian Sutton.
Most of the Tony administration committee’s decisions centered on actors and the categories in which they will be considered. Above-the-title stars are traditionally considered lead thesps, with below-the-title performers relegated to featured players; the committee decides when eligibility will deviate from opening-night credits.
As expected, Stephanie J. Block (“The Pirate Queen”), Laura Bell Bundy (“Legally Blonde”) and Donna Murphy (“LoveMusik”) will all be considered leading actresses. With Christine Ebersole (“Grey Gardens”), Audra McDonald (“110 in the Shade”) and Debra Monk (“Curtains”) also eligible for a nom in the category, competish for a slot — not to mention the award itself — will be fierce.
Michael Cerveris (“LoveMusik”) and Hadley Fraser (“The Pirate Queen”) will both be considered leading men.
John Cullum, above-the-title co-star of “110,” will be classified as featured, as will “Radio Golf” thesps Tonya Pinkins, Anthony Chisholm and John Earl Jelks.
The 2006-07 Broadway season ended Wednesday with the opening of “110 in the Shade.” Tony noms are announced Tuesday, with the awards ceremony at Radio City Music Hall set for June 10.