Tony Awards Rulings in Place for Jake Gyllenhaal and Tony Danza
The Tony Awards Administration Committee met today for the third time this season to determine the eligibility of two Broadway productions for the 2015 American Theatre Wing's Tony Awards: the new musical Honeymoon in Vegas and the new play Constellations.
The committee determined that Jake Gyllenhaal and Ruth Wilson will be considered eligible in the Best Performance by an Actor/Actress in a Leading Role in a Play categories for their respective performances in Constellations. The members also decided that Tony Danza will be considered eligible in the Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical category for his performance in Honeymoon in Vegas.
The official eligibility cutoff date for 2015 Tony Awards is April 23 for all Broadway productions opening in the 2014-15 season. Productions that meet all other eligibility requirements and open on or before the eligibility date are considered for 2015 Tony Award nominations. The Tony Awards Administration Committee meets a total of four times throughout the 2014-15 season to determine eligibilities for the 69th Annual Tony Awards.
Nick Payne's Constellations, which played from December 16-March 15 at Manhattan Theatre Club's Samuel J. Friedman Theatre, explores the relationship between Roland (Gyllenhaal), a beekeeper, and Marianne (Wilson), a quantum physicist, through the concept of the multiverse theory, where several scenarios can coexist simultaneously. The production was directed by Michael Longhurst.
Honeymoon in Vegas, now playing at the Nederlander Theatre, is inspired by the film comedy of the same title, and stars Rob McClure as the commitment-phobic Jack Singer, who travels to Sin City to elope with his longtime girlfriend Betsy (Brynn O'Malley) and escape the curse of his long-dead mother. Complications ensue with the arrival of Tommy Korman (Tony Danza), a widowed gambler who takes a shine to Betsy on account of her resemblance to his late wife. Featuring a score by Jason Robert Brown and a book by Andrew Bergman, Honeymoon in Vegas is directed by Gary Griffin.
Performers who are not specially ruled by the committee are categorized as such: Those listed above the title on opening night are considered for the leading categories and those below the title for the featured categories.
The 2015 Tony Awards will be held June 7 at Radio City Music Hall.