Tonys decide eligibility

Meeting is second of four for season

Hugh Dancy, Nina Arianda and Hunter Parrish are among the Broadway thesps eligible for a Tony nom in leading thesp races while scribe Peter Parnell is in the mix for a nom for book of a musical, according to the latest round of decisions issued by the Tony Awards Administration Committee.

Tony organizers meet four times per season to consider kudo eligibility questions that arise outside of the standard, which generally slots above-the-title thesps into lead acting categories and below-the-title players into the pool for supporting.

Committee’s decisions on actors didn’t yield any surprises. Although they aren’t billed above the title, Dancy and Arianda play the only two characters in “Venus in Fur,” and Parrish plays the central role of Jesus in “Godspell.”

Similarly, Laura Osnes and Jeremy Jordan, who played the title roles in “Bonnie and Clyde,” also were deemed leading thesps, as were Patti Murin and Josh Segarra, the romantic leads in another short-lived tuner, “Lysistrata Jones.”

Jennifer Lim and Gary Wilmes, the central couple in play “Chinglish,” were named leads, while Judith Light and Thomas Sadoski will be considered featured players in “Other Desert Cities,” as will Ruben Santiago-Hudson in soon-to-close “Stick Fly.”

Parnell was deemed eligible for a nom for his work in “On a Clear Day You Can See Forever,” which, as a revival, would not normally yield an eligible book writer. In this case, Parnell’s revision of the original book (by Alan Jay Lerner) was considered extensive enough to warrant nom consideration.

Meanwhile, projection designer Aaron Rhyne and set designer Tobin Ost of “Bonnie and Clyde” will be jointly eligible for a set design nom, given the extensive projections employed in the staging.

Admin committee will meet two more times during the season, in advance of the announcement of Tony noms in early May.

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