Tony org overturns prior precedents

Committee revamps rules of nom eligibility

The season’s fifth and final meeting of the Tony Awards Administration Committee resulted in few surprise decisions regarding Tony eligibility, but the committee did overturn a couple of precedents set in prior years.

For all previous Broadway productions of “West Side Story,” for instance, all the roles — including those of the principal couple, Tony and Maria — were considered featured players. This time around, Matt Cavenaugh and Josefina Scaglione, who play the doomed lovers in the current revival, are eligible as leads.

Also this year, the three parts of play trilogy “The Norman Conquests” will together be considered a single production eligible for a revival nom. For the original 1975 Broadway run of “Norman,” each part was considered a separate production.

In musical rulings, the actresses who play the three main femmes in “9 to 5” — Allison Janney, Stephanie J. Block and Megan Hilty — will all be considered leads, as will Gavin Creel, who plays the central hippie in “Hair.”

Constantine Maroulis and Amy Spanger, as the main romantic pair in “Rock of Ages,” also will be considered for leading categories.

Of the four castmembers of “Reasons to Be Pretty,” Thomas Sadoski will be considered for a lead actor slot, as will David Hyde Pierce in the revival of “Accent of Youth.”

Brian Dennehy has been deemed a featured player for his role in “Desire Under the Elms,” with John Goodman, John Glover (both of “Waiting for Godot”), Jonathan Cake and Steven Weber (both of “The Philanthropist”) also among the thesps eligible for a nom in that category.

Trio Bruce Coughlin, Stephen Oremus and Alex Lacamoire are jointly eligible for an orchestrations nom for “9 to 5.”

All other eligibility decisions followed the long-standing norm, which sees above-the-title players considered for leading categories and featured-thesp slots going to those below-the-title.

Official cutoff for Tony eligibility was April 30. Nominations will be announced Tuesday morning.

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