This Week on Stage: Christina Ricci is eligible for a Tony even though her show isn't

time-stands-stillImage Credit: Joan MarcusIn the latest sign that the Tony Awards don’t always make much sense, the Tony Awards Administration Committee ruled today that Time Stands Still costar Christina Ricci will be eligible for a Tony in Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Play this season. But since Donald Margulies’ four-person drama opened last January and had a three-month run at the nonprofit Manhattan Theatre Club’s Samuel J. Friedman Theatre, neither the show nor any of Ricci’s costars will be able to compete for Broadway’s biggest prize. (In its original production, the show earned two Tony nominations, including Best Play and Best Actress in a Play for Laura Linney.) Time Stands Still reopened in October at Broadway’s Cort Theatre, with Christina Ricci replacing Alicia Silverstone in the role of Mandy, the much-younger love interest of a New York photo editor played by Eric Bogosian (seen above with Ricci). “The show isn’t eligible if there’s a revival within three years,” explains Tony spokeswoman Shawn Purdy, “but any element within the show that the committee deems new is considered eligible.” (Purdy notes that there was a similar ruling last year for the new leads of the returning holiday musical White Christmas.) The season is still young, so it’s far too soon to say whether Ricci will succeed where Silverstone could not — especially since the play is now slated to close Jan. 30. Perhaps Ricci should consider reprising her role as Wednesday Addams in The Addams Family musical a few blocks away.

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  • Josh

    Considering the play was nominated for Best Play last year, along with Laura Linney, plus the fact that Christina Ricci is the only new thing about the production, this makes perfect sense.

  • Cara

    I agree with Josh!

  • Anna

    I think the explaination is reasonable. It is nowhere as stupid as the rules for the Grammys best new artist.

  • Chris

    Actually, it’s bizarre as they don’t usually allow for replacement actors to compete. Does this mean Bernadette Peters will be eligible for A Little Night Music since that production went on hiatus before she joined? She could win.

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