Tony Rulings: First Date, Soul Doctor and Romeo and Juliet Discussed
By Andrew Gans
The Tony Awards Administration Committee met Oct. 24 to determine the eligibility of three Broadway productions for the 2014 Tony Awards, presented by The Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing.
The Administration Committee will meet a total of five times throughout the 2013-14 season to decide the eligibility for the 68th Annual Tony Awards.
The three productions discussed included First Date, Soul Doctor and Romeo and Juliet.
The committee made the following determination: Eric Anderson will be considered eligible in the Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical category for his performance in Soul Doctor.
All other eligibility determinations were consistent with the show’s opening-night credits. That is, only actors whose names appear above the title are eligible for nomination in the Leading Actor/Actress categories. Producers must petition the Administration Committee in order to change actors' eligibility status.
The Tony Awards Administration Committee features 24 members, ten designated by the American Theatre Wing, ten by the Broadway League, and one each by the Dramatists Guild, Actors' Equity Association, United Scenic Artists and the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers.
This committee, according to the Tony Awards, "determines eligibility for nominations in all awards categories and reviews the rules governing the awards. It may, at its discretion, bestow non-competitive Tony Awards including Special Tony Awards, the Regional Theatre Tony Award, and the Isabelle Stevenson Award; as well as Tony Honors for Excellence in the Theatre."
The 2014 Tony Awards will be broadcast live from Radio City Music Hall June 8 at 8 PM ET on CBS.
For more information on the 68th Annual Tony Awards, visit www.TonyAwards.com.
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