News Nuggets: Tony Awards Committee addresses ‘Porgy and Bess,’ ‘Wit,’ ‘Mecca’

Tony Awards Administration Committee met for the third time to consider eligibility. From the press release: “The three productions discussed include: ‘The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess,’ ‘Wit‘ and ‘The Road to Mecca.’ David Alan Grier will be considered eligible in the Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical category for his performance in ‘The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess.’ Cynthia Nixon will be considered eligible in the Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play category for her performance in ‘Wit.’ Carla Gugino and Jim Dale will be considered eligible in the Best Performance by an Actress/Actor in a Featured Role in a Play categories respectively, for their performances in ‘The Road to Mecca.'”

Debating whether “American Horror Story” should be nominated for Best Miniseries: “If you stand by your show and think it’s award worthy, why not go for the big award? Also, if I’m one of the actual miniseries that was on this year, I’m a little annoyed that I now have to compete against a show that really wasn’t a miniseries. Maybe I’m just being nitpicky. At the end of the day, I enjoyed ‘AHS.’ Perhaps I didn’t enjoy it as much as some of the other fans, but I thought it was fun and it kept me watching, and I like that it’s going to be an anthology series. It just seems wrong that it could pick up ‘Best Miniseries’ for 4 or 5 years in a row.” CLIQUE CLACK

Kelsey Grammer will be receive Career Achievement Award at the Hugo Awards: “Cinema/Chicago and the Chicago International Film Festival will present actor Kelsey Grammer with the Career Achievement Award at the 48th Hugo Television Awards Ceremony on April 19 at the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel Chicago. Best known for his award-winning role as Dr. Frasier Crane, among countless other roles, the evening’s tribute to actor/producer/director Kelsey Grammer will include highlights from his illustrious television career in addition to the Career Achievement Award presentation to Mr. Grammer in person.” CHICAGO NOW

30 Rock” will air a second live episode in April: “NBC’s ’30 Rock’ … goes live again on Thursday, April 26 (8:30-9 p.m. ET) from the iconic Studio 8H in Rockefeller Center in New York. When their Kabletown bosses announce they will no longer pay for TGS to be a live show, Liz Lemon (Tina Fey) and Jack Donaghy (Alec Baldwin) realize their lives will actually be easier if they shoot canned episodes fast and cheap. Only Kenneth the Page (Jack McBrayer) objects, urging that nothing can replace the communal experience of live television. He tries to convince the TGS staff to fight for their right to be live by taking them and our audience through a magical look back at the illustrious history of Studio 6H.” TV BY THE NUMBERS

Peter Dinklage discusses his Golden Globes shout-out: “In October, [Martin] Henderson, who is 37 and is 4-foot-2, was picked up and thrown by an unknown assailant in Somerset, England. He suffered partial paralysis and now requires a walker. The night of the Globes, after Dinklage’s mention, Henderson’s name was a trending topic on Twitter. … ‘People are all, like, I dedicated it to him,’ he said. ‘They’ve made it more romantic than it actually was. I just wanted to go, “This is screwed up.” Dwarves are still the butt of jokes. It’s one of the last bastions of acceptable prejudice. Not just by people who’ve had too much to drink in England and want to throw a person. But by media, everything.'” NEW YORK TIMES

“Jersey Boys” becomes the 20th longest running Broadway show today: “The musical at the August Wilson Theatre will surpass the Tony-winning musical ‘Hairspray’ when it plays its 2,643rd performance that evening … ‘Jersey Boys’ is the recipient of the 2006 Tony Award for Best Musical and the 2009 Olivier Award for Best Musical … The Broadway production opened Nov. 6, 2005, at the August Wilson Theatre. The show is currently playing in New York; Las Vegas; London; Sydney, Australia; in cities across the U.S. on two National Tours, and a production will open in Auckland, New Zealand, in April 2012.” PLAYBILL

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