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Tonys bless ‘Bridge’ via special Jones nod

Special theatrical event category eliminated

In its final meeting of the season, the Tony Administration committee decided to award a special Tony to Sarah Jones for her solo show “Bridge & Tunnel.”

Committee also eliminated the category of special theatrical event for the year. Jones’ show was the sole contender in that category, if you don’t count — and most legiters don’t — Suzanne Somers’ fleeting, much-mocked “Blonde in the Thunderbird.”

Org also made a raft of eligibility decisions.

“Three Days of Rain” will be considered in the revival category, although the play has never before been produced on Broadway. (The 1997 Off Broadway production was enough for the play to be deemed part of the canon.) Bradley Cooper is in contention in the featured actor category, leaving co-stars Julia Roberts and Paul Rudd for the leading performer slots.

Sutton Foster and Bob Martin were named leads in “The Drowsy Chaperone,” as were Jenn Gambatese and Josh Strickland in “Tarzan” and Stephen Lynch and Laura Benanti in “The Wedding Singer.” Hugh Panaro is the one lead in “Lestat.”

Richard Griffiths (“The History Boys”) will be considered a lead actor, as will David Wilmot (“The Lieutenant of Inishmore”), Brian F. O’Byrne and Oliver Platt (both of “Shining City”).

Cherry Jones and Ian McDiarmid are featured performers in “Faith Healer” (leaving co-star Ralph Fiennes a candidate for a lead actor nom), and Tim Daly is a featured player in “The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial.”

And Cyndi Lauper, Jim Dale and Ana Gasteyer fall into the featured category for their roles in “The Threepenny Opera.”

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