Tonys Honor DC Theater: Regional Award to Shakespeare Theatre Company & 8 Noms to ‘Follies’ by Joel Markowitz

It was a great day for DC theater as The Tony Award nominations were announced this morning in NYC.

Shakespeare Theatre Company will be receiving The Regional Theatre Award. What a coup for the DC Metro area theatre community to have a second local theatre honored by this award in the past three years (Signature Theatre received it in 2009).

“I am so honored to have the work of the Shakespeare Theatre Company recognized in this way,” said Artistic Director Michael Kahn upon hearing the announcement of the award. “This is a very touching tribute to have the work of all of the artists and staff who have been a part of our 25-year history acknowledged. We are so thankful to our Board of Trustees, supporters and patrons who have helped shape us into the artistic institution that we have become.”

Managing Director Chris Jennings is “thrilled by the award and the recognition it brings to Michael Kahn and his vision and leadership over the last 25 seasons. I know that all of the staff at STC would agree, and I’m thankful to everyone that has worked so hard to build this great theatre.”

Congratulations to Michael Kahn and his very hard-working staff at STC. The staff of DC Theater Arts applauds you and congratulates you on receiving this well-deserved honor.

The leads of 'Follies": Recipient of the 'Isabelle Stevenson Award' Bernadette Peters and nominees Jan Maxwell, Danny Burstein, and Ron Raines. Photo courtesy of The Broadway Channel.

The Kennedy Center’s production of Stephen Sondheim’s Follies was honored with eight Tony Award nominations, including one for Best Revival of a Musical. It’s a tough field of nominees which also includes Evita, The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess, and Jesus Christ Superstar.

Michael Glenn and Cody Nickell in The Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company production of 'Clybourne Park' in 2010. Photo by Stan Barouh.

Follies also received nominations for two of its leads –  Danny Burstein and Ron Raines – in the Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical category, for Jan Maxwell in the Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical category, and for Jayne Houdyshell in the Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical category. Rounding out the nominations for Follies were nominations for Best Costume Design of a Musical (Gregg Barnes)Best Lighting Design of a Musical (Natasha Katz), and Best Sound Design of a Musical (Kai Harada). Cast member Bernadette Peters will be honored with  the ‘Isabelle Stevenson Award.’

Bruce Norris’ Pulitzer Prize-winning Clybourne Park, which was produced twice at The Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, received four nominations, including Best Play (for author Bruce Norris), Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play (Jeremy Shamos), Best Scenic Design of a Play (Daniel Ostling), and Best Direction of a Play (Pam MacKinnon). And Master Class, which had a revival at The Kennedy Center starring Tyne Daly, received a nomination  for Best Revival of a Play.

This year’s Tony Awards ceremony will be broadcast on CBS and hosted by Neil Patrick Harris on June 10, 2012 from 8 to 11 PM.


Official website of the Tony Awards.

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Joel Markowitz
Joel Markowitz is the Publisher and Editor of DCMetroTheaterArts. He founded the site with his brother Bruce to help promote the vast riches of theatre and the arts in the DC Metro area that includes Maryland, Virginia, and DC theater and music venues, universities, schools, Children's theaters, professional, and community theatres. Joel is an advocate for promoting the 'stars of the future' in his popular 'Scene Stealers' articles. He wrote a column for 5 years called ‘Theatre Schmooze’ and recorded podcast interviews for DC Theatre Scene. His work can also be seen and read on BroadwayStars. Joel also wrote a monthly preview of what was about to open in DC area theatres for BroadwayWorld. He is an avid film and theater goer, and a suffering Buffalo Bills and Sabres fan. Joel was a regular guest on 'The Lunch and Judy Show' radio program starring Judy Stadt in NYC. Joel founded The Ushers Theatre Going Group in the DC area in 1990, which had a 25-year run when it took its final curtain call last year. Joel is a proud member of The American Critics Association.


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