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Tony Awards Decide to Nix New Category

The Tony Awards Administration has announced it has voted unanimously to cancel its newest category, Best Performance by an Actor or Actress in a Recreated Role, less than a year after it was created, according to The New York Post.

The category was instituted on a trial basis in September 2005, only to be in effect the 2005-2006, 2006-2007 and 2007-2008 seasons unless adopted permanently. Fiddler on the Roof's Harvey Fierstein and Dirty Rotten Scoundrel's Jonathan Pryce were contenders to receive it during the 60th annual Tony Awards earlier this month, but neither received the necessary 16 votes from members of the Tony Awards Administration Committee. In a controversial move, the Administration opted not to give the award at all.

"The award came out of when Reba McEntire entered Annie Get Your Gun," committee member James Freydberg told after this year's nominations were announced. "She was extraordinary and there was no way to acknowledge that. So this award was a way to honor when someone comes in and gives one of the most amazing performances in years. What we found this year was that no one gave a performance of a quality we'd never seen before."

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