×

Tonys, Drama League Set Stage for Awards Season

Tonys rule on eligibility while League honors go to Bernadette Peters, Jerry Mitchell, Rockettes

New York legiters continued to lay the groundwork for the upcoming spring awards season, with the Tony Awards Administration Committee deeming the current Broadway staging of “Cinderella”eligible as a revival — but dubbing the new script a contender for a book nom — and the Drama League lining up Bernadette Peters, Jerry Mitchell and the Rockettes for honors at the 2013 Drama League Awards.

The Tony admin committee, which meets four times per season to decide any outstanding eligibility questions, had only two shows to debate at the most recent meeting, thanks to the timing of this year’s spring sked. January opener “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof,” toplined by Scarlett Johansson, was deemed to fall under the usual Tony guidelines that categorize above-the-title thesps as leading players and below-the-title actors as featured.

“Cinderella,” meanwhile, presented more of a challenge but the outcome was largely to be expected, with the musical, a revised version of the Rodgers and Hammerstein tuner, in the running for a potential musical revival nomination but the extensively rewritten book by Douglas Carter Beane now in the mix for a possible book writing nom.

The other, seemingly less likely possibility might have seen “Cinderella” slotted into the new musical race, because the 1957 musical, originally written for TV, had never appeared on Broadway before the current run.

Unsurprisingly, the below-the-title “Cinderella” thesps who play the title character and her prince, Laura Osnes and Santino Fontana, were tagged as leads.

Tony nominations are due to be announced April 30, in the thick of a legit awards season that will include the May 17 ceremony for the 79th annual Drama League Awards.

This year’s special Drama League honors, announced prior to the noms in the org’s handful of competitive categories, go to Peters for achievement in musical theater; Mitchell, the helmer of soon-to-open Rialto tuner “Kinky Boots,” for excellence in directing; and to Madison Square Garden Entertainment and Rockettes for unique contribution to theater.

Drama League nominations in competish categories are set to be announced April 23.

More Legit

  • Because of Winn Dixie review

    Regional Theater Review: 'Because of Winn Dixie,' the Musical

    Watching the musical “Because of Winn Dixie” at Goodspeed Musicals in East Haddam, Conn., it’s hard not to think of another show that premiered in the same regional theater 43 years ago. It, too, featured a scruffy stray dog, a lonely-but-enterprising young girl and a closed-off daddy who finally opens up. But “Winn Dixie,” based [...]

  • MOSCOW MOSCOW MOSCOW MOSCOW MOSCOW MOSCOWby

    Off Broadway Review: 'Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow'

    There’s something about Anton Chekhov’s whiny sisters that invites comic sendups of “Three Sisters” like the one Halley Feiffer wrote on commission for the Williamstown Theater Festival. Transferred to MCC Theater’s new Off Broadway space and playing in the round in a black box with limited seating capacity, the crafty show feels intimate and familiar. [...]

  • the way she spoke review

    Off Broadway Review: 'The Way She Spoke' With Kate del Castillo

    Since the 1990s, scores of women in Juarez, Mexico have been mutilated, raped, and murdered at such a rate that some have called it an epidemic of femicide—killing women and girls solely because they are women. Isaac Gomez’s play “the way she spoke,” produced Off Broadway by Audible and starring Kate del Castillo, confronts the [...]

  • HBO's 'SUCCESSION

    Brian Cox Playing LBJ in Broadway Run of 'The Great Society'

    Brian Cox will play President Lyndon Johnson in the Broadway run of “The Great Society,” playwright Robert Schenkkan’s follow-up to “All the Way.” The role of Johnson, a crude, but visionary politician who used the office of the presidency to pass landmark civil rights legislation and social programs, was originally played by Bryan Cranston in [...]

  • Paul McCartney Has Penned Score for

    Paul McCartney Has Been Secretly Writing an 'It's a Wonderful Life' Musical

    The pop superstar who once released a movie and album called “Give My Regards to Broad Street” really does have designs on Broadway, after all. It was revealed Wednesday that Paul McCartney has already written a song score for a stage musical adaptation of the 1946 Frank Capra film classic “It’s a Wonderful Life.” The [...]

  • The Night of the Iguana review

    West End Review: 'The Night of the Iguana' With Clive Owen

    If Tennessee Williams is the poet laureate of lost souls, none of his characters as are off-grid as the restless travelers trying to make it through his little-seen 1961 play, “The Night of the Iguana.” Holed up in a remote Mexican homestay, its ragtag itinerants live hand-to-mouth, day by day, as they seek refuge from [...]

  • Moulin Rouge Broadway

    Listen: The Special Sauce in Broadway's 'Moulin Rouge!'

    There are songs in the new Broadway version of “Moulin Rouge!” that weren’t in Baz Luhrmann’s hit movie — but you probably know them anyway. They’re popular tunes by superstars like Beyoncé, Adele and Rihanna, released after the 2001 movie came out, and they’ll probably unleash a flood of memories and associations in every audience [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content