Whose idea was it to put Kristine Nielsen in lead actress?

Leadingplayer
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The producers of the show? I thought it went by billing unless the producers petition.

Now there are seven strong lead actress candidates: Taylor, Tyson, Midler, Metcalf, Morton, Nielsen and Hecht. Who will be left out?
Jordan Catalano
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It was mine, actually.
Leadingplayer
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Well it was a dumb one Jordan!!!
Jordan Catalano
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Well since she's the, y'know, FEMALE LEAD in the show.....seemed appropriate.
bjh2114
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I'd say 8, not seven. Add Fiona Shaw to your list.
Leadingplayer
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I thought the rules went by billing alone unless the producers petition. Seems an odd choice for the producers to petition since she was a sure winner in featured. Can the nominating committee just move people nowadays?
Jordan Catalano
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Don't ask the question unless you're sure you can handle the answer....
Leadingplayer
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I don't think I got an answer.
Jordan Catalano
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Read back the posts carefully.
broadwaydevil
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I thought the rules went by billing alone unless the producers petition.

Incorrect. Producers can petition and unless it's egregious the nominations committee usually accepts it. The nominating committee also has the power in cases where the billing on opening night is inconsistent with the actual role and the producers don't petition to unilaterally change an actor's category, which is likely what happened with Kristine Nielsen. There's no getting around it, she's a lead and the nominating committee agreed. If the nominating committee didn't have that power it would be very easy for producers to engineer the system in their favor - even moreso than it is now, bill whatever will give the show the best chance at Tonys even if makes no sense and then don't petition. This rule eliminates that possibility of serious category Freud.
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ChairinMain
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Is Category Freud related to Sigmund? :)
broadwaydevil
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Twas intentional after another poster did the same thing unintentionally - forgot what thread it was in but it was quite hilarious.
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anmiller07
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Phyllis Rogers Stone
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Well done, Jordan! On behalf Kristine Nielsen, we thank you!
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Jordan Catalano
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What the F*CK is happening on this board lately? Seriously, it's making me question even coming here anymore.
Ed_Mottershead
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If they're gonna let Bertie be considered as Best Actor, they might as well let Nielsen be in the Best Actress slot -- and she has FAR more to do than Bertie.
BroadwayEd
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KathyNYC2
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Obviously the same people who put Will Chase in supporting while Stephanie Block in lead when Will had more to do in the show...go figure.
Matt Rogers
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The woman rarely leaves the stage for the entire show. It's a lead role.

PS- I would not want to be in Sigourney Weaver's dressing room tonight. Almost the entire cast nominated except for her.
AC126748
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PS- I would not want to be in Sigourney Weaver's dressing room tonight. Almost the entire cast nominated except for her.

Weaver and Nielsen are incredibly close friends and have been for many years. I'm sure Ms Weaver is nothing but elated that her best friend received her first ever well-deserved Tony nomination.
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Matt Rogers
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Well that's good to hear!

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