A scene from the 2016 Broadway revival of Cats.
A scene from the 2016 Broadway revival of Cats.
(© Matthew Murphy)

The Tony Awards Administration Committee has announced the first round of eligibility for 2017 Tony Awards.

The first two shows on the docket are Paramour and Cats. The two productions are consistent with opening-night billing. This means that performers billed above the title will be considered for leading acting categories and performers billed below the title will be considered for featured acting categories.

Additionally, the committee has determined that the newly renovated Hudson Theatre, soon to be the home of Burn This starring Jake Gyllenhaal, will be deemed a Tony eligible theater beginning in the 2016-2017 season. Located on West 44th Street, it will have a minimum of 970 seats without the use of the orchestra pit and 948 seats when the orchestra pit is utilized by a production.

The official eligibility cut-off date will be April 27, 2017, for all Broadway productions opening in the 2016-2017 season. Productions which meet all other eligibility requirements and open on or before the eligibility date are considered eligible for 2017 Tony Award nominations. The Tony Award nominations will be announced live on May 2, and the Tonys will air on June 11.