A few folks have been wondering... wasn't that featured actor nominee Brooks Ashmanskas (Present Laughter) at the Tony Awards last night? Yes it was - he was whisked off to NY at approximately 4:18 yesterday afternoon following the matinee performance. There were lots of familiar Huntington faces at the Tony's and I'll share a few of my favorite moments:
Mary Louise Wilson unapologetically howled in delight after commenting how articulate everyone prior to her speech had been, and it was priceless. Ms. Wilson won Featured Actress - Musical (Grey Gardens) and appeared at the Huntington in the 2005 production of The Rivals. It was, hands down, the most enjoyable part of the evening for me.
Julie White is always enthusiastic and last night was no exception! Julie won Best Actress - Play, for Little Dog Laughed. Julie was in our 2004 production of Bad Dates and has been a regular at our Breaking Ground New Play Festivals.
It was also great to see a few other Huntington related folks there including Frank Langella (who was in Broadway's Match directed by Nicholas Martin), and director Scott Ellis (Broadway's Little Dog Laughed, Curtains, and next season's Streamers). Best special event nominees Justin Bond and Kenny Mellman (aka Kiki and Herb) were looking fabulous, Debra Monk (last seen in the Huntington's Laughing Wild directed by Nicholas Martin) was stealing scenes from Curtains co-star David Hyde Pierce. Radio Golf's Anthony Chisholm and John Earl Jelks were looking dapper as always. The Huntington's production of Butley with Nathan Lane was featured nicely in a video segment. In the design categories Lighting Designers Kenny Posner and Kevin Adams both took home prizes. We're looking forward to seeing them here next season. And finally, I must send a big shout-out to our friends at Atlanta's Alliance Theatre who took home the Regional Theatre Award.
There were several calls for a "repertory" or "national" theatre company in New York City, especially from the folks at Lincoln Center's Tony winning Company of Tom Stoppard's The Coast of Utopia, but with top flight regionals such as The Roundabout, Lincoln Center Theatre, and the Manhattan Theatre Club I don't quite understand what it's all about. I'm sure someone will fill me in...
Click for today's Boston Globe coverage and a full list of winners. For photos of some of the above visit our awards season post.
Congrats to all of the nominees and winners!