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Final round of Tony Eligibility Announced

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Final round of Tony Eligibility Announced #1
Posted: 4/26/19 at 12:52pm


The productions discussed were King Lear; Rodgers and Hammerstein's Oklahoma!; Burn This; Hadestown; Hillary and Clinton; Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus; Arthur Miller's All My Sons; Tootsie; Ink and Beetlejuice.

The committee made the following determinations:

Jayne Houdyshell, Elizabeth Marvel, Aisling O'Sullivan, Ruth Wilson, Pedro Pascal and John Douglas Thompson will be considered eligible in the Best Performance by an Actress/Actor in a Featured Role in a Play categories for their respective performances in King Lear.

Damon Daunno and Rebecca Naomi Jones will be considered eligible in the Best Performance by an Actor/Actress in Leading Role in a Musical categories for their respective performances in Rodgers and Hammerstein's Oklahoma!


Reeve Carney and Eva Noblezada will be considered eligible in the Best Performance by an Actor/Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical categories for their respective performances in Hadestown.

Benjamin Walker will be considered eligible in the Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play category for his performance in Arthur Miller's All My Sons.

Santino Fontana will be considered eligible in the Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical category for his performance in Tootsie.

Jonny Lee Miller will be considered eligible in the Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play category for his performance in Ink.

Alex Brightman and Sophia Anne Caruso will be considered eligible in the Best Performance by an Actor/Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical categories for their respective performances in Beetlejuice

https://www.broadwayworld.com/article/Breaking-Tony-Awards-Administration-Committee-Announces-Eligilibity-Rulings-for-HADESTOWN-TOOTSIE-More-20190426

 

Updated On: 4/26/19 at 12:52 PM
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Final round of Tony Eligibility Announced #2
Posted: 4/26/19 at 12:54pm

This means:
Kristine Nielsen is featured
John Lithgow is leading
 

Otherwise, nothing really worth noting here, as far as I can tell. 

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Final round of Tony Eligibility Announced #3
Posted: 4/26/19 at 12:56pm

And Lili Cooper is Featured (in a rather crowded field), poor Lili.

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Don't think Lili would've been recognized in leading anyway

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Don't think Lili would've been recognized in leading anyway

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So does this mean Hadestown is eligible for score?  I know there were rumblings that it might not be eligible because of the concept recording. 

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Famebroadway2 said: "So does this mean Hadestown is eligible for score? I know there were rumblings that it might not be eligible because of the concept recording."

I think as the original recording always featured multiple artists singing specific roles in the recording, it doesn't fall into the the rule created because of Tommy's best score win that caused future concept albums turned rock/pop operas like  American Idiot to be deemed ineligible. 

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Any chance both ladies from Gary get nominated? Julie White was already a given but featured actress isn't too strong a category and their might be some love for Nielsen simply for learning her part in a week.

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Honestly didn't occur to me as an option until reading the Featured Actress in a Musical thread yesterday, but I'm kind of disappointed that Hadestown didn't petition the Fates to be jointly eligible. (Or maybe they did and it was rejected.) But the more I think about that beautiful production, the more I think about how they totally stole the show for me.

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Posted: 4/26/19 at 4:39pm

Only one actor can be eligible! That determination was made after the Billy boys jointly won and it caused a lot of valid hubbub. (The Matilda girls got special noncompetitive Tony Honors).

The Fates are an ensemble group. This is an award for individual acting performances, and it would open a whole can of worms if the Tonys started considering pairs/trios/groups in the same category as individual actors. (How are the Fates as a group any different than the gangsters in Kiss Me Kate, or the urchins in Little Shop, or the Four Seasons in Jersey Boys, or the gents of Ain't Too Proud, or Lane & Broderick in The Producers?) Just because Alice Ripley & Emily Skinner were nominated together for playing conjoined twins in the 1990s doesn't mean it would happen again; similarly, when Six transfers, that doesn't mean the Tonys will follow in the Oliviers footsteps and include the ladies together (the Oliviers famously do things very loosely and play by their own rules).

Also, this is an entirely different subject and may sound catty, but I love the show, have seen it twice, and hardly remember the Fates.

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Final round of Tony Eligibility Announced #11
Posted: 4/26/19 at 4:53pm

Valid point about the group nominees.

But I genuinely find it unfathomable that someone can love this show, see it twice, and not remember the Fates who are present (and sing) through almost the entire thing.