Tony Awards committee rules ‘Matilda’ leading actresses ineligible for Best Actress nomination, performances will receive special recognition

The four Matildas: Bailey Ryon, Milly Shapiro, Sophia Gennusa and Oona Laurence.

The four Matildas: Bailey Ryon, Milly Shapiro, Sophia Gennusa and Oona Laurence.

The Tony Awards Administration Committee met today for the fourth and final time this season to determine the eligibility of eighteen Broadway productions for the 2013 Tony Awards, which will be presented on June 9 at Radio City Music Hall and aired on CBS.  Nominations for the awards will be announced Tuesday, April 30.

The eighteen productions discussed include: Ann; Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike; Breakfast at Tiffany’s; Hands on a Hardbody; Lucky Guy; Kinky Boots; Matilda The Musical; Motown The Musical; The Nance; The Big Knife; The Assembled Parties; Jekyll & Hyde; Orphans; Macbeth; The Testament of Mary; The Trip to Bountiful; I’ll Eat You Last: A Chat with Sue Mengers and Pippin.

After the meeting, the committee has announced the following decisions:

Kristine Nielsen will be considered eligible in the Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play category for her performance in Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike.

Emilia Clarke and Cory Michael Smith will be considered eligible in the Best Performance by a Actress/Actor in a Leading Role in a Play categories for their respective performances in Breakfast at Tiffany’s.

Stark Sands and Billy Porter will be considered eligible in the Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical category for their respective performances in Kinky Boots.

Bertie Carvel will be considered eligible in the Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical category for his performance in Matilda The Musical.

Sophia Gennusa, Oona Laurence, Bailey Ryon and Milly Shapiro will receive Tony Honors for Excellence in the Theatre for their performances as “Matilda” in Matilda The Musical.  They will not be eligible in the Best Performance by an Actress in a Musical category; however, the Tony Awards Administration Committee wishes to recognize their outstanding performances this season.

Valisia LeKae and Brandon Victor Dixon will be considered eligible in the Best Performance by a Actress/Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical categories for their respective performances in Motown The Musical.

Nathan Lane will be considered eligible in the Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play category for his performance in The Nance.

Bobby Cannavale will be considered eligible in the Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play category for his performance in The Big Knife. 

Jessica Hecht will be considered eligible in the Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play category for her performance in The Assembled Parties.

Orphans will be eligible in the category of Best Revival of a Play.

Vanessa Williams and Cuba Gooding Jr. will be considered eligible in the Best Performance by an Actress/Actor in a Featured Role in a Play categories for their respective performances in The Trip to the Bountiful.

Patina Miller and Matthew James Thomas 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 Pippin. 

All other eligibility determinations were consistent with the opening night credits.

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  1. #1 Is this a normal thing? Do they debate about the eligibility of shows every year?
    #2 I feel like that’s so unfair because the Billy Elliot kids were eligible! (But then again when the Billy kids won I thought THAT was totally unfair to actors who actually do 8 shows a week so maybe this is a good thing).

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