Did the role of Eddie Carbone's wife Beatrice in A View from the Bridge somehow get smaller in the last twelve years? According to the folks at the Tonys it apparently did:
[S]ome of the producers on “View [from the Bridge]” are said to be a little frustrated that a Tony Awards committee decided last week to place the actress Jessica Hecht, who plays the wife of Mr. Schreiber’s character and the aunt of Ms. Johansson’s, in eligibility for a nomination in the best featured actress category instead of the leading actress category.Yes, the producers are of course "gaming" this to maximize possible awards and avoid having actors cancel each other out. But still, with the 1998 precedent, they have a case, no?
The producers had hoped to give Ms. Johansson a clear shot at a featured actress Tony nomination for her performance, and Ms. Hecht a shot at leading actress, which was the category that Allison Janney was nominated in when she played Ms. Hecht’s character, Beatrice, in the 1997-98 Broadway revival of “A View From the Bridge.”