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Tony Awards Eligibility for 2016 – Part 1

The Tony Awards Administration Committee met on November 12 for the first time this season to decide the eligibility of Broadway productions for the American Theatre Wing's 2016 Tony Awards®, presented by The Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing. The Committee will continue to meet regularly throughout the 2015-2016 Broadway season to make eligibility determinations.

The Committee considered 10 shows at this meeting from among the Broadway productions that opened this summer and fall. Other shows will be discussed at future meetings. The shows considered are, in opening-night order: 

An Act of God, Amazing Grace, Hamilton, Spring Awakening, Old Times, Fool for Love, The Gin Game, Dames at Sea, Sylvia, and Thérèse Raquin.

The Committee announced the following:

  • Scott Pask and Peter Nigrini will be considered jointly eligible in the Best Scenic Design of a Play category for their work in An Act of God.
  • Lin-Manuel Miranda, Leslie Odom, Jr. and Phillipa Soo 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 Hamilton. 
  • Austin P. McKenzie and Sandra Mae Frank 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 Spring Awakening.
  • Dane Laffrey and Lucy Mackinnon will be considered jointly eligible in the Best Scenic Design of a Musical category for their work in Spring Awakening.
  • Sam Rockwell and Nina Arianda will be considered eligible in the Best Performance by an Actor/Actress in a Leading Role in a Play categories for their respective performances in Fool for Love.
  • Robert Sella and Julie White will be considered eligible in the Best Performance by an Actor/Actress in a Featured Role in a Play categories for their respective performances in Sylvia.    
  • Cary Tedder and Eloise Kropp 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 Dames at Sea.
  • Gabriel Ebert and Judith Light will be considered eligible in the Best Performance by an Actor/Actress in a Featured Role in a Play categories for their respective performances in Thérèse Raquin.   
  • Fool for Love and Sylvia will be considered eligible in the Best Revival of a Play category.
  • Dames at Sea will be considered eligible in the Best Revival of a Musical category.

All other decisions were consistent with the opening night credits, as reflected on the title page of the show’s opening night Playbill.

What that means: Unless the committee has determined otherwise, performers listed ABOVE the title on the show's opening-night Playbill are normally eligible in the Leading Actor/Actress categories. If a performer is listed BELOW the title, he or she is considered a "Featured" performer.

So if you don’t see the name of the performer you are interested in listed above, that generally means you can determine the category in which he or she will be eligible by consulting the show’s Playbill (as of the opening night).

For a look at the plays and musicals eligible for the 2015 Tony Awards, check out our Spotlight Series

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Revised Sunday, 09 April, 2017

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