Tony eligibility gets clarification

'Cowboy,' 'Salome,' 'Laugh' receive notices

The Tony Awards administrative committee met Thursday to resolve the kudos’ final eligibility questions.

“Urban Cowboy,” which ran at only 15% capacity last week, received some good news. The show’s score has been deemed eligible for a Tony, even though it contains a few country standards.

“Salome” is eligible for revival of a play, but star Al Pacino cannot be nommed since he played the role of Herod in a previous Broadway production.

“As Long as We Both Shall Laugh,” starring Yakov Smirnoff, is not eligible in any category due to its two-perfs-a-week sked. Last season, “QED” and “Mostly Sondheim” were eligible despite their reduced skeds. But now there’s a new rule: “A show must perform a reasonably conventional playing schedule.” So no Yakov at the Tonys.

Fortunately for Bill Maher, his one-person “Victory Begins at Home,” which does eight perfs a week, is eligible in the special theatrical event category.

For “Enchanted April,” only Jayne Atkinson will be considered as a leading thesp.

And Philip Seymour Hoffman and Robert Sean Leonard from “Long Day’s Journey Into Night” go up in the featured-actor slot.

So what’s happening with those three rotating casts of “La Boheme”? Are all leads eligible or, as the Tony rules state, only those singers who performed on opening night?

The suspense never ends. A statement regarding this question will be announced Monday at the Tony nominations press conference. As a Tonys rep explained, “When we make the announcement, it will be clear.”

Do the Tonys give out many ensemble acting awards?

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