Rulings for some Tony Awards may change the race

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NEW YORK (AP) — Four days before the Tony Awards, an administrative panel has made some decisions that will have a powerful effect on who walks away with trophies.

The panel ruled that "Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill," in which Audra McDonald performs about a dozen Billie Holiday songs, isn't a musical and can only be considered eligible in the Best Revival of a Play category.

The panel also ruled that "The Cripple of Inishmaan," making its Broadway debut starring Daniel Radcliffe, will be considered in the Best Revival of a Play category. The decision was expected since the Martin McDonagh play had been seen in New York before.

The same logic holds true for two other shows — "Violet" and "Hedwig and the Angry Inch," which are both considered musical revivals.

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