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Tony Awards Eligibility for 2017 – Part 2

The Tony Awards Administration Committee met on January 26 for the second time this season to decide the eligibility of Broadway productions for the American Theatre Wing's 2017 Tony Awards®, presented by The Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing. The Committee will continue to meet regularly throughout the 2016-2017 Broadway season to make eligibility determinations.

Eligibility Determinations

The Committee confirmed the eligibility of 13 Broadway productions for the 2017 Tony Awards®.  Other shows will be discussed at future meetings. The shows considered are, in opening-night order: The Encounter; Holiday Inn; Oh, Hello on Broadway; Heisenberg; The Cherry Orchard; The Front Page; Falsettos; Les Liaisons Dangereuses; Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812; A Bronx Tale; Dear Evan Hansen; In Transit; and The Present

The Committee announced the following:

  • Simon McBurney will be considered eligible in the Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play category for his performance in The Encounter.
  • Will Duke will be considered eligible along with Michael Levine in the Best Scenic Design of a Play category for their work on The Encounter.
  • Bryce Pinkham and Lora Lee Gayer 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 Holiday Inn.
  • Denis Arndt and Mary-Louise Parker 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 Heisenberg.
  • Chuck Cooper, Tavi Gevinson, John Glover, Celia Keenan-Bolger, Harold Perrineau and Joel Grey 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 The Cherry Orchard.
  • Nathan Lane, John Goodman, Jefferson Mays, Holland Taylor, Sherie Rene Scott and Robert Morse 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 The Front Page.
  • Christian Borle will be considered eligible in the Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical category for his performance in Falsettos.
  • James Lapine will be considered eligible in the Best Direction of a Musical category for his work on Falsettos.
  • Bobby Conte Thornton will be considered eligible in the Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical category for his performance in A Bronx Tale.
  • Ben Platt will be considered eligible in the Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical category for his performance in Dear Evan Hansen.
  • The Present (author: Andrew Upton) will be considered eligible in the Best Play category.

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:

October 13

For a look at the plays and musicals eligible for the 2017 Tony Awards, check out our Spotlight Series.

The 2017 Tony Awards

The 71st Annual Tony Awards will be broadcast on Sunday, June 11, 2017, live on the CBS Television Network from 8-11 p.m. ET (delayed PT). Or stream the Tony Awards live across platforms with the CBS All Access subscription service (Live stream is available in select markets. Visit CBS.com/allaccess for details.).

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Revised Sunday, 09 April, 2017

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