'Wit,' 'Porgy' addressed by committee
Cynthia Nixon will be considered eligible for a lead actress Tony nomination while David Alan Grier is in the mix for a featured thesp nom, according to new decisions from the Tony Awards Administration Committee.
The admin committee meets four times per season to iron out category eligibility issues outside the standard regulations, which usually place above-the-title thesps in the lead role categories, with below-the-title actors classified as featured players. Given the scant number of shows that opened in the early months of the year, the most recent committee meeting — the third of four this season — had only three productions on the agenda.
Nixon will be eligible for a lead actress nom following her recent starring stint in Manhattan Theater Club’s “Wit,” while Grier is classified as a supporting player in “Porgy and Bess,” in which his name appears above the title with leads Audra McDonald and Norm Lewis.
Carla Gugino and Jim Dale, meanwhile, have been deemed featured players in the Roundabout Theater Company revival of “The Road to Mecca,” leaving co-star Rosemary Harris to compete in the lead category.
Both “Wit” and the heavily revised “Porgy and Bess” will be classified as revivals. “Wit” had never had a Broadway run prior to the MTC outing, but the 1998 play’s award-winning Off Broadway bow put the show in the legit canon.
Committee’s fourth meeting will take place just after the close of the Tony eligibility season April 26.