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Tony weighs eligibility issues

McClure, Gaines among actors deemed leads

Rob McClure and Boyd Gaines are among those who’ll be eligible next spring for Tony nominations in lead thesping categories, according to the latest decisions made by the Tony Awards Administration Committee.

The admin committee meets four times every year to issue rulings on category eligibility questions that arise over the course of a given season. Decisions focus on when eligibility will deviate from the norm, which classifies above-the-title thesps as leads and slots below-the-title actors into featured races.

In the most recent meeting, the first to consider shows from the 2012-13 slate, members took on the season’s earliest openers — “Harvey” and “Bring It On,” both of which bowed over the summer, as well as September openers “Chaplin” and “An Enemy of the People.”

McClure was deemed a lead for playing the title role in bio-tuner “Chaplin,” while Gaines portrays the central character in the Manhattan Theater Club’s revival of “An Enemy of the People.” Taylor Louderman and Adrienne Warren, who appear as the protagonists of cheerleader musical “Bring It On,” have been tapped as leads.

Jessica Hecht and Charles Kimbrough, both above-the-title actors in the Roundabout Theater Company’s staging of “Harvey,” will be considered featured thesps, leaving topliner Jim Parsons to be eligible for a lead actor nom.

The admin committee will meet three more times in the run-up to the Tony noms in early May, with exact dates still to be announced for both the nominations and the June ceremony.

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