UPDATE: Adds more decisions by the Tony Awards Administration Committee. Although seven names get top billing in the hit Broadway revival of It’s Only A Play, the folks who Nathan Lane Tonysrun the Tony Awards decided Thursday afternoon that, come April, only Nathan Lane will be eligible for consideration in the prestigious Best Performance By A Leading Actor In A Play category. Translation: Matthew Broderick, the other half of the dynamic duo that has helped make the show one of the biggest hits of the fall season, will be eligible in the Featured Role category, along with F. Murray Abraham, Rupert Grint, and newbie Micah Stock, in the male category, and Megan Mullally and Stockard Channing on the distaff side.

Tony Awards logoThe decision comes just hours after Deadline announced exclusively that Broderick has extended his stay in the production through the spring. Lane already announced that he must leave after the January 4, 2015 performance. He is slated to appear in a revival of Eugene O’Neill’s The Iceman Cometh at the Brooklyn Academy Of Music, and will be replaced by Martin Short.

The Tony Awards are jointly presented by the Broadway League, the trade group of Broadway producers and theater owners, and the American Theatre Wing, a service organization that initiated the awards and owns the name. The Tony Awards administration Cera 3committee, comprising representatives from both groups as well as key Broadway unions and guilds, meets four times during the season to determine eligibility in the various Tony categories. It can be a fraught process as producers jockey for position to give stars their best shot at the awards, which in some cases can mean an extended life both on Broadway and in future productions.

Among the other decisions announced this afternoon: Saul Williams will be considered eligible in the Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical category for Holler If Ya Hear Me. 

The Michael Cera-Kieran Culkin led production of This Is Our Youth will be considered eligible in the Best Revival of a Play category. It was originally produced off-Broadway. Tavi Gevinson, the third member of the company, will be considered eligible in the Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play category.

James Earl Jones, Byron Jennings, Patrick Kerr, Fran Kranz, Mark Linn-Baker and Reg Rogers will be considered eligible in the Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play category for You Can’t Take It With You. In that show, Rose Byrne, Annaleigh Ashford, Johanna Day, Julie Halston, Kristine Nielsen and Elizabeth Ashley will be considered eligible in the Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play category.

Blythe Danner will be considered eligible in the Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play category for The Country House.

Tony Yazbeck will be considered eligible in the Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical category for On The Town.