Tonys award below the line stars

Committee issues new rulings

Scarlett Johansson and Angela Lansbury are among the thesps eligible this season for a featured actress Tony nomination, according to new rulings from the Tony Awards Administration Committee.

Johansson appears in the current revival of “A View From the Bridge” with Liev Schreiber and Jessica Hecht. Both Johansson and Hecht will be considered for a featured actress nom, according to the ruling — which marks a shift in eligibility consideration for Hecht’s role. Allison Janney was nommed for a lead actress Tony in 1998 for her perf in an earlier revival of the Arthur Miller play.

According to Tony guidelines, above-the-title performers are generally considered lead thesps while below-the-title thesps are featured. The Tony administration committee meets regularly throughout the season to determine any changes to that policy on a show-by-show basis.

Lansbury, one of the top-billed stars of “A Little Night Music,” will be considered in the featured category for her relatively small role in the tuner.

Sahr Ngaujah is eligible for a lead thesping nom for “Fela!” — although the actor who alternates in the title role a few times a week, Kevin Mambo, is not, thereby eliminating the possibility of a shared nomination.

Other decisions hardly seemed surprising. Quentin Earl Darrington, Robert Petkoff and Christiane Noll are the three actors from “Ragtime” to be considered leads, as are Jim Norton, Cheyenne Jackson and Kate Baldwin from “Finian’s Rainbow.”

David Alan Grier, Richard Thomas and Kerry Washington, all appearing in play “Race,” will be considered featured, leaving co-star James Spader in the lead category.

Also up for lead noms are Michael Cerveris and Laura Benanti of “In the Next Room, or the Vibrator Play” and James Clow and Melissa Errico of “Irving Berlin’s White Christmas.”

All other administrative committee decisions stuck to the usual guidelines.

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