'Performers' won't be considered for awards

Al Pacino, Bobby Cannavale and Dan Stevens are among the thesps who will be considered eligible for Tony nominations in the featured actor in a play category, according to the latest rulings from the Tony Awards Administration Committee.

The group, which meets four times a season to decide any outstanding questions regarding eligibility among the Broadway season lineup, made a host of decisions this round regarding the category classifications of performances in a number of ensemble-based plays and musicals. Such productions often lead to deviation from the norm, which usually slots above-the-title thesps into lead categories and classifies below-the-title performers as featured player contenders.

So while Pacino and Cannavale were above the title in the big-money Broadway revival of David Mamet’s ensemble drama “Glengarry Glen Ross,” they’ll join fellow cast members including David Harbour and Richard Schiff as possibilities for a featured actor nom. Stevens, who co-starred with Jessica Chastain in “The Heiress,” also will be in the mix for that race.

Meanwhile, the brevity of the run of porn-industry comedy “The Performers,” which opened and shuttered within one November week, rendered all elements of the show ineligible for Tony noms. The return engagement of “Elf,” which was produced on a model that would see the show play multiple holiday runs on the Rialto, won’t be eligible for a revival nom.

The new-to-Broadway musical “A Christmas Story,” however, will be eligible for a new tuner nod, and performers John Bolton, Johnny Rabe and Erin Dilly have been deemed leads in the show.

Other decisions regarding thesping categories largely hewed to common sense, with Seth Numrich of “War Horse,” Laurie Metcalf of “The Other Place” and “Annie” leads Lilla Crawford (as the little orphan) and Anthony Warlow (as Daddy Warbucks) among the below-the-title players deemed eligible for lead nods.

Performers classified as featured players include Chita Rivera and Will Chase (both in “The Mystery of Edwin Drood”), Patrick Page (“Cyrano de Bergerac”) and Sebastian Stan, Maggie Grace, Mare Winningham and Ellen Burstyn, all in “Picnic.”

None of the three limited-engagement solo outings that played Broadway during the past few months — “Running on Empty” with Lewis Black, “Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons” and “Manilow on Broadway” — petitioned to be eligible for kudo consideration, and so they won’t be on the list of titles to be considered by Tony nominators.

The Tony admin committee will meet two more times in preparation for the kudofest noms, which will be announced in early May at an exact date to be confirmed.

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