The Tony Awards Administration Committee, the group that determines kudos eligibility for Broadway productions and creatives, met Nov. 30 to make its first batch of decisions.
But recent press coverage jumped the gun a bit in speculating about the committee’s calls on two recently-opened remountings of original stagings. Those decisions — on whether the ultra-faithful “A Chorus Line” and “Les Miserables” are too much like recreations to be eligible for some of the creative awards — will be made at a later meeting, when all the committee members have had a chance to see the shows.
Org decided Patrick Page, who plays the Grinch twelve times per week in “Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” will be considered for the category of lead actor. The three major players (Michael Arden, Thom Sesma and Lisa Brescia) in Twyla Tharp’s short-lived Bob Dylan tuner, “The Times They Are A-Changin’,” will also be considered leads.
A trio of thesps from the Roundabout’s revival of “Heartbreak House” — Byron Jennings, Lily Rabe and Laila Robins — will be considered featured actors (ceding lead nods to co-stars Swoosie Kurtz and Philip Bosco).
Edgy cabaret “Kiki & Herb Alive on Broadway,” which had a monthlong limited run last summer, and recently shuttered ventriloquist act “Jay Johnson: The Two and Only!” will both be filed under special theatrical event.
Committee is skedded to meet three more times throughout the season. Eligibility cutoff for the 2006-07 awards is May 9, with noms being announced May 15. Trophies get handed out June 10.