Tony Awards rulings shake up key acting races

Unlike other kudos, the Tony Awards decide eligibility on a rolling basis and the 24 members of the Administration Committee met late last week for the third of four times this season. The defacto rule is that only those actors billed above the title compete as leads. However, with the increase in equal billing for all, there is a need to separate out the true star turns from the supporting players. To that end, producers can petition for any changes.

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The committee accepted the notion that Gideon Glick was a lead in “Significant Other.” Likewise, it ruled that three of the cast of “The Price” — Danny DeVito, Jessica Hecht and Tony Shalhoub — were featured despite their billing. That leaves Mark Ruffalo alone in lead.

The committee also decided that certain of the creative elements of the revival of “Sunset Boulevard” are eligible for consideration: the costume designs by Tracy Christensen and the orchestrations by David Cullen and composer Andrew Lloyd Webber.

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The committee is made up of two dozen theater folk, with 10 apiece from the Broadway League and the American Theater Wing — which jointly host these top theater kudos — and one each from the Dramatists Guild, Actors’ Equity Assn., United Scenic Artists and the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers.

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