It's that time of year again! Tony time! With the Tony nominations announcement just around the corner (Tuesday, April 29th), the Tony committee has made its final rulings on who and what will be eligible for a nomination.
Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill has been confusing audiences and critics alike on whether it is a musical or a play. The production bills itself as a "play with music", even though Audra McDonald sings 12 songs. The committee has set us straight: the production will be considered a play, eligible for Best Revival of a Play. The Cripple of Inishmaan has also been deemed eligible for Best Revival of a Play.
Other decisions that the committee made yesterday were that Andy Karl is eligible for Best Actor in a Leading Role in a musical for Rocky (yes, the one about boxing), Adam Jacobs and Courtney Reed will be considered eligible for Best Actor?Actress in a leading role in a musical for their performances in Aladdin as Aladdin and Jasmine respectively, Zach Braff is eligible for Best Actor in a musical for Bullets Over Broadway, and Ramin Karimloo and Will Swenson are eligible for Best Actor in a musical for their performances in Les Miserables as Jean Valjean and Javert respectively.
LaTanya Richardson Jackson and Tyne Dally are eligible for Best Leading Actress in a play for A Raisin in the Sun and Mothers and Sons respectively. Fredrick Weller is eligible for Lead Actor in a play for Mothers and Sons as well.
Violet (starring Sutton Foster) and Hedwig and the Angry Inch (starring Neil Patrick Harris) will both be eligible for Best Revival of a Musical.