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Tony Awards Administration Committee Meets for the Third Time During the 2015-2016 Season to Determine Eligibility

New York, NY (April 7, 2016) – The Tony Awards Administration Committee met today for the third time this season to determine the eligibility of 11 Broadway productions for the 2016 American Theatre Wing’s Tony Awards®, presented by The Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing. The Tony Awards Administration Committee will meet a total of four times throughout the 2015-2016 season to decide the eligibility for the 70th Annual Tony Awards.  

The productions discussed were 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 made the following determinations:

  • 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.

The American Theatre Wing’s 70th Annual Tony Awards, hosted by Tony Award winner James Corden, will air on the CBS Television Network on Sunday, June 12, 2016 (8:00-11:00 PM, ET/delayed PT) live from the Beacon Theatre in New York City. The Tony Awards, which honors theatre professionals for distinguished achievement on Broadway, has been broadcast on CBS since 1978. The Tony Awards are presented by The Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing.

The official eligibility cut-off date will be Thursday, April 28, 2016, for all Broadway productions opening in the 2015-2016 season. Productions which meet all other eligibility requirements and open on or before the eligibility date are considered eligible for 2016 Tony Award nominations. 

The Nominations for the 2016 Tony Awards will be announced live on Tuesday, May 3, 2016, from that Paramount Hotel in New York City.

For more information on the Tony Awards, visit TonyAwards.com and Facebook.com/TheTonyAwards and follow @TheTonyAwards on Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat. 

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About the Tony Awards

The 2016 American Theatre Wing’s Tony Awards are presented by The Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing. At The Broadway League, Robert E. Wankel is Chairman and Charlotte St. Martin is President. At the American Theater Wing, William Ivey Long is Chairman and Heather A. Hitchens is President. 

IBM, the official information technology partner of the Tony Awards, develops, designs, and hosts the official Tony Awards digital experience across platforms, including www.TonyAwards.com. The 2016 Tony Awards partners are Carnegie Mellon University as the first-ever, exclusive higher education partner of the Tony Awards; United Airlines as the official airline; the Paramount Hotel as the official hotel partner; City National as the official bank and presenting sponsor of the Creative Arts Awards; BroadwayHD as an official partner; Porsche Cars North America, Inc., manufacturer of exclusive sports cars, celebrates dynamic performance as the official sports car and presenting sponsor of the Tony Simulcast in Times Square; People and Entertainment Weekly as the official magazine partners; and Clear Channel Spectacolor as co-producer of the Tony Simulcast in Times Square.

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