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Tony Awards Eligibility for 2016 - Part 3

The Tony Awards Administration Committee met on April 7 for the third 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 11 shows at this meeting from among the Broadway productions that opened this winter and spring. Other shows will be discussed at future meetings. The shows considered are, in opening-night order: School of Rock - The Musical, The Color Purple, Fiddler on the Roof, Noises Off, Our Mother's Brief Affair, The Humans, Hughie, Eclipsed, Disaster!, Blackbird, and She Loves Me.

The Committee announced the following:

  • Alex Brightman will be considered eligible in the Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical category for his performance in School of Rock – The Musical. 
  • Jennifer Hudson will be considered eligible in the Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical category for her performance in The Color Purple.
  • Jessica Hecht will be considered eligible in the Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical category for her performance in Fiddler on the Roof.
  • Andrea Martin, Campbell Scott, Tracee Chimo, Daniel Davis, David Furr, Kate Jennings Grant, Megan Hilty, Rob McClure and Jeremy Shamos 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 Noises Off.
  • Linda Lavin will be considered eligible in the Best Actress in a Leading Role in a Play category for her performance in Our Mother’s Brief Affair.
  • Blackbird will be considered eligible in the Best Revival of a Play category.
  • Gavin Creel, Michael McGrath, Byron Jennings and Jane Krakowski will be considered eligible in the Best Performance by an Actress/Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical categories for their respective performances in She Loves Me.

All other eligibility rulings were consistent with opening night billing.

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).

You can review determinations from this season's past meetings here:

November 12

January 7

For a look at the plays and musicals eligible for the 2016 Tony Awards, check out our Spotlight Series

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Revised Sunday, 09 April, 2017

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