Friday, June 5, 2015

The Tony Awards & WCP

by Bruce Miller
Company Manager

Did you know the Tony Award was named for Antoinette Perry, an actress, director, and producer?  Ms. Perry directed two productions at Westport Country Playhouse in the 1933 season: Present Laughter and Gaily I Sin.

Perry (1888-1946) helped found the American Theatre Wing, which operated the Stage Door Canteens during World War II, providing entertainment to servicemen in several American cities.  Among her Broadway directing credits was the hugely successful, Pulitzer Prize-winning Harvey by Mary Chase.

After her death, the American Theatre Wing created a series of awards in her honor. Since 1947, the Antoinette Perry Awards have been given annually for distinguished achievement in theater, and are one of the theater world's most coveted honors.  They are universally known by their nickname, the Tony Awards. 

Here are the 2015 Tony Award nominees who have appeared at Westport Country Playhouse:

Best Leading Actress/Play

Geneva Carr 

’07 Relatively Speaking 
’08 Time of My Life
’09 How the Other Half Loves
’14 Things We Do for Love

Readings: And Then There Were None
Bedroom Farce
Chapter Two
Mornings at 7
Mary, Mary
Mouse Trap

Best Leading Actress/Musical

Kelli O’Hara 

'09 GalaReadings: Selected Shorts
The Philadelphia Story

Featured Actor/Musical

Max von Essen 

'10 & '11 Galas

Best Scenic Design

Michael Yeargan 

’09 Of Mice & Men
      Breath of Life
’13 The Dining Room
’15 Love & Money
      Broken Glass

Best Costume Design

Jane Greenwood 

’77 An Almost Perfect Person
’78 Gracious Living
      Same Time Next Year
’94 Intimate Exchange
’06 Thurgood
      The Archbishop’s Ceiling
’08 Time of My Life
      Of Mice & Men
’09 Children
’13 The Dining Room

Best Lighting Design

Japhy Weideman 

’06 Old Wicked Songs
’12 Harbor
’13 Oblivion

Ben Stanton 

’08 Vigil

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