Alumni Snag 6 Tony Nominations

Alumni Snag 6 Tony Nominations

Alumni (clockwise from top left): Jamie DeRoy, Sutton Foster, Peter Hylenski, Cherry Jones, Leigh Silverman, Paula Wagner

Six alumni from Carnegie Mellon University's School of Drama are up for Tony Awards this year, Broadway's highest honor.

Also announced yesterday, CMU became the first, exclusive higher education partner of the Tony Awards®. The collaboration creates the "Tony Honor for Excellence in Theatre Education," the first, national recognition program for K-12 theatre educators.

The 2014 Tony Award nominees are:

  • Jamie DeRoy (producer) (A'67)
    Best Musical, "A Gentleman's Guide To Love and Murder"
  • Sutton Foster
    Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical, "Violet"
  • Peter Hylenski (A'97)
    Best Sound Design of a Musical, "After Midnight"
  • Cherry Jones (A'78)
    Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play, "The Glass Menagerie"
  • Leigh Silverman (A'96)
    Best Direction of a Musical, "Violet"
  • Paula Wagner (producer)
    Best Play, "Mothers and Sons"

In addition, shows nominated for Best Musical include CMU alumni. Catherine Walker (A'01) is an ensemble cast member of "A Gentleman's Guide To Love and Murder," and Daisy Hobbs (A'10) is an ensemble cast member of "Aladdin."

"The Glass Menagerie" received seven nominations. CMU cast members along with Jones were Zachary Quinto (A'99) and Nicholas Rehberger (A'13).

"Act One" received five nominations. CMU cast members include Bob Ari (A'71, '95) and Will Brill (A'09).

Recognized as an international leader in the arts and technology, CMU's drama school consistently ranks as one of the world's best.

"With the centennial celebration of the School of Drama, this year's Tony Award nominations are particularly gratifying. It's wonderful to see how alumni have helped shape this year's season on Broadway," said Peter Cooke, head of the School of Drama.

As the oldest drama degree-granting program in the United States, CMU has produced hundreds of Tony nominees and 31 Tony Awards — eight winners in 2013 alone.

The 2014 Tony Awards, hosted by Hugh Jackman, will be broadcast live from Radio City Music Hall in New York City on Sunday, June 8, on CBS.

The broadcast will feature an on-air tribute to CMU's century of producing top theatre talent, from actors and musicians, producers to technicians, backstage to front office and everywhere in between.

Related Links: School of Drama | Carnegie Mellon & the Tony Awards | | Press Release: Carnegie Mellon To Become First, Exclusive Higher Education Partner of the Tony Awards | Performing Arts Awards

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