North Carolina Theatre artistic director Casey Hushion has been quite busy since she directed Hello, Dolly! for us in May. She recently attended the TONY Awards as a guest of Casey Nicholaw. Sound familiar? Casey Nicholaw won the TONY for Best Director for the hit musical Book of Mormon – and he even gave our Casey quite the shout out from stage. He thanked her (using her full name) during his acceptance speech! She also got to walk the red carpet, and made it on camera several times when they would pan to the seats. Needless to say, everyone in the North Carolina Theatre was so proud of her in that moment!
“What a thrill to be by Casey’s side to watch a dream come true first-hand…it was an inspiring and unforgettable evening in every way,” says Hushion of her night at the TONYs.
While she didn’t work on Book of Mormon, both Caseys have worked together on numerous productions. They met years ago but really reconnected while they were in town for a North Carolina Theatre production – My Fair Lady – in 2003. Nicholaw choreographed and Hushion assisted on the show. A match was made in heaven because ever since they have worked together on lots of projects ranging from The Drowsy Chaperone (LA, Broadway, West End, National Tour), Elf (Broadway), Minsky’s (LA), To Be Or Not To Be (Manhattan Theatre Club) and Anyone Can Whistle (City Center Encores), to name a few.
Nicholaw received TONY nominations for his work on Spamalot and The Drowsy Chaperone, and he was included in the list of North Carolina Theatre alums who have been connected with the Tonys either via a nomination or a winner. Now we can add his name to the ‘winner’ column – congrats, Casey Nicholaw!
Hushion has also been busy directing a new musical, Fat Camp, this summer. Fat Camp is an original musical being developed by the producers of Jersey Boys and Rock of Ages, and is a part of a new series called the Page to Stage Program at
’s PlayhouseSquare. Click here for an article on Fat Camp. Cleveland
We are so excited for all that Casey Hushion has been doing since we saw her last and can't wait for her to come back to North Carolina Theatre in July during Hairspray.