The Tony Awards Administration Committee met for the first time Tuesday to consider kudos eligibility for the first two Broadway productions to open this season.
Tony Roberts will be considered for the featured actor in a musical category for his performance in “Xanadu.” Cheyenne Jackson, who stepped into the lead role of “Xanadu” before it opened because the thesp originally cast in the part hurt his ankle in rehearsal, will be eligible for lead actor. (Jackson’s name does not appear in the opening night program.)
All other decisions for “Xanadu,” which opened in July, as well as the Roundabout revival of “Old Acquaintance,” which opened in June, match the shows’ opening night credits.
The only other production to open so far this season, “Grease,” will be considered at the next meeting.
According to Tony regulations, above-the-title actors are considered for lead categories and below-the-title for featured, unless the committee deems otherwise.
The Admin Committee also named the recipients of the 2007 Tony honors, given to legiters not normally recognized with a trophy.
This year the luncheon, set for Oct. 30, will honor wardrobe supervisor Alyce Gilbert, scenery builder and head of Hudson Scenic Studios Neil Mazzella, musical coordinator and contractor Seymour “Red” Press and Gemze De Lappe, the longtime replicator of the choreography of Agnes DeMille.