"Hedwig And The Angry Inch" Broadway Opening Night - Arrivals & Curtain CallBroadway’s two most acclaimed new musicals — the gritty Neil Patrick Harris starrer Hedwig And The Angry Inch and the Sutton Foster bus vehicleViolet – will not be eligible for Tony Award nominations in the all-important Best New Musical category. Instead, they’ll be eligible in the category of Best Revival of a Musical. The decisions were announced today after the final meeting of the Tony Awards Administration Committee, which determines eligibility in all of the Tony categories. Nominations – and, ultimately, wins — in the Best Musical and Best Play categories typically carry the most weight at the box office.

VioletBoth Hedwig and Violet were mounted previously off-Broadway, the reason cited for declaring them no-goes in the top categories. Widely considered the best new musicals in a season short on critical and customer consensus, the result is likely to mean a slew of less popular shows will float to the top of the Best-dressed list when nominations are announced Tuesday.

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Tony AwardThe decision does not affect the eligibility of the shows’ stars — and other elements of their productions — from competing in their respective categories, such as Best Performance By A Leading Actor in a Musical.>Hedwig, in which Harris has won raves in the title role of an “almost” transsexual who becomes an “internationally ignored song stylist,” is raw and rock-influenced (think Rocky Horror Picture Show meets A Star Is Born). Violet also concerns triumph over disfigurement, in this case the title woman, played by a sensational Foster (TV’s Bunheads and Flight Of The Conchords), who takes a bus trip across the South seeking healing from a televangelist after a childhood accident has left her with a terrible scar across her face.

amc73
12 months
It's ridiculous that Cabaret is eligible for annnything. I mean it is a carbon copy of the...
clarifying
12 months
There is no "Best New Musical" category. Much like there isn't a "Best New Picture" award at...
Matt
12 months
Also, according to the Tony website, there are only four musicals eligible for Best Revival of a...

Both Foster and Harris are shoo-ins for nominations Tuesday. A combination of crowded fields and split opinions leaves many other choices up for grabs.

Hugh Jackman will host the 68th Tonys on June 8 live on CBS.