Tony Awards Committee Determines Eligibility for Be More Chill, Kiss Me Kate, and More, Plus New Rulings for Playwrights

Tony Awards   Tony Awards Committee Determines Eligibility for Be More Chill, Kiss Me Kate, and More, Plus New Rulings for Playwrights
 
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<i>Be More Chill </i>and <i>Kiss Me, Kate!</i>
Be More Chill and Kiss Me, Kate!

The Tony Awards Administration Committee met for the third time in the 2018–2019 Broadway season April 11 to discuss the eligibility of seven productions.

The shows discussed were King Kong, Choir Boy, True West, Be More Chill, Kiss Me Kate, Ain’t Too Proud – The Life and Times of the Temptations and What the Constitution Means to Me.

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Playbills for the original and revival productions of Torch Song

In addition to their production-specific rulings, the Committee established new terms regarding the Best Revival of a Play and Best Revival of a Musical categories, affecting playwrights and composers, which go into immediate effect.

First, writers and composers of plays and musicals eligible in the Best Revival categories will be considered included as part of the nomination along with the producers, provided they are living at the time and the work did not have any prior presentation in an eligible Broadway theatre. As such, playwrights Mart Crowley and Kenneth Lonergan are considered eligible in Best Revival of a Play for The Boys in the Band and The Waverly Gallery, respectively.

Similarly, authors or composers of productions in the Revival categories will also be considered if the writers have “substantially re-worked” the piece. With this in mind, Harvey Fierstein is eligible as playwright for Torch Song in the Best Revival of a Play category, despite having already won for Torch Song Trilogy in 1983.

The committee made the following show-specific determinations:

Christiani Pitts and Eric William Morris will be considered eligible in the Best Performance by an Actress/Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical categories for their respective performances in King Kong.

Peter England’s projection design will be considered eligible along with his scenic design in the Best Scenic Design of a Musical category, for his work on King Kong.

Jeremy Pope will be considered eligible in the Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play category for his performance in Choir Boy.

Will Roland will be considered eligible in the Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical category for his performance in Be More Chill.

Beowulf Boritt and Alex Basco Koch will be considered jointly eligible in the Best Scenic Design of a Musical category for their work on Be More Chill.

Corbin Bleu will be considered eligible in the Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical category for his performance in Kiss Me, Kate.

Derrick Baskin will be considered eligible in the Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical category for his performance in Ain’t Too Proud – The Life and Times of the Temptations.

Robert Brill and Peter Nigrini will be considered jointly eligible in the Best Scenic Design of a Musical category for their work on Ain’t Too Proud – The Life and Times of the Temptations.

Heidi Schreck will be considered eligible in the Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play category for her performance in What the Constitution Means to Me.

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The Committee will meet for a fourth and final time later this month, having previously convened in October and January. Nominations will be announced April 30 ahead of the June 9 ceremony at Radio City Music Hall.

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