2019 Tony Award eligibility rulings (Round 4): Kristine Nielsen (‘Gary’) moved to Featured Actress

The Tony Awards Administration Committee met for the fourth and final time to discuss eligibility for the 73rd Annual Tony Awards. Determinations were made for the final 10 productions of the 2018-2019 Broadway season.

The productions discussed were “All My Sons,” “Beetlejuice,” “Burn This,” “Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus,” “Hadestown,” “Hillary and Clinton,” “Ink,” “King Lear,” “Oklahoma!,” and “Tootsie.”

The committee made the following determinations:

Jayne Houdyshell, Elizabeth Marvel, Aisling O’Sullivan, Ruth Wilson, Pedro Pascal and John Douglas Thompson will be considered eligible for Featured Actress/Actor in a Play for their respective performances in “King Lear.”

Damon Daunno and Rebecca Naomi Jones will be eligible for Lead Actor/Actress in a Musical for their respective performances in “Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Oklahoma!”

Reeve Carney and Eva Noblezada will be eligible for Lead Actor/Actress in a Musical for their respective performances in “Hadestown.”

Benjamin Walker will be eligible for Featured Actor in a Play for his performance in “Arthur Miller’s All My Sons.”

Santino Fontana will be eligible for Lead Actor in a Musical for his performance in “Tootsie.”

Jonny Lee Miller will be considered eligible for Lead Actor in a Play for his performance in “Ink.”

Alex Brightman and Sophia Anne Caruso will be eligible for Lead Actor/Actress in a Musical categories for their respective performances in “Beetlejuice.”

Kenneth Posner (lighting design) and Peter Nigrini (projection design) will be considered jointly eligible in the Best Lighting Design of a Musical for their work on “Beetlejuice.”

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As a reminder: unless otherwise stated in a determination above, Tony eligibility aligns with a performer’s opening night billing in the Playbill. Actors listed above the title are Lead while those below the title are Featured.

The rulings in this final round went according to expectations with one glaring exception. No decisions were made to alter the eligibility of performers in Taylor Mac’s “Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus.” That means both Kristine Nielsen and Julie White will face off in the Featured Actress in a Play category, despite Nielsen’s significantly larger role.

Of course, this isn’t the first time Nielsen has seen a surprise last minute shift in eligibility. She wound up being considered for Lead Actress for Christopher Durang’s “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” in 2013. She was ultimately nominated for that performance (over her co-star Sigourney Weaver). We will see if the move to Featured Actress similarly helps her land a spot for “Gary” when Tony nominations are announced on Tuesday April 30th.

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