Tony confirms potential noms

'Confederate Widow,' 'Laughing Room' ruled out

The Tony Awards administration committee met Thursday in Gotham to decide the award eligibility of shows that opened on Broadway in the first half of the season.

Although the short-lived “Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks” was ruled eligible for a best play nom, “The Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All” and Jackie Mason’s tuner “Laughing Room Only” did not meet eligibility regs. “Bobbi Boland,” which never reached its opening night, also is ineligible.

Other decisions were as follows:


  • Although it’s making its Broadway debut, Alan Menken and Howard Ashman’s “Little Shop of Horrors” is eligible in the musical revival category. Stars Hunter Foster and Kerry Butler are eligible as leading actor and actress in a musical.

  • “Avenue Q” stars-puppeteers John Tartaglia and Stephanie D’Abruzzo are eligible in the leading actor/actress categories.

  • The score from Peter Allen bio-tuner “The Boy From Oz” is not be eligible for a score nomination because it was not originally written for the theater.

  • “Taboo’s” Euan Morton, who portrays Boy George, is the only actor from the tuner eligible as lead actor. The Boy George score for the show is eligible in the score category.

  • Noah Racey and Nancy Lemenager are the only actors from “Never Gonna Dance” eligible as leading actor/actress.

  • Idina Menzel and Kristen Chenoweth may be facing off against each other for the leading actress in a musical Tony. Joel Grey, who plays the Wizard, is eligible as featured actor in a musical.


  • Danny Glover is the only thesp from the revival of ” ‘Master Harold’ … and the Boys” eligible as leading actor in a play.

  • Ashley Judd, Jason Patric and Ned Beatty are eligible in the leading actor/actress categories for “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.”

  • Robert Sean Leonard is the only thesp from Richard Greenberg’s “The Violet Hour” eligible as leading actor.

  • Similarly, Patrick Stewart is the only actor from Pinter revival “The Caretaker” eligible as leading actor.

  • Kevin Kline, Richard Easton and Michael Hayden, from Lincoln Center’s “Henry IV,” may compete for a slot in the lead actor category.

The committee will meet in April to discuss shows that opened in the second half of the Broadway season.

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