Friday, June 10, 2011


Are you watching the TONYs on Sunday? They air on CBS at 8PM and are sure to be entertaining, especially since Neil Patrick Harris is this year's host. The telecast will feature performances from cast members in hit shows like Memphis, Spiderman Turn off the Dark, Catch Me If You Can, How To Succeed In Business and many more.

What is equally as exciting is the star-studded cast from NY Philharmonic's concert version of COMPANY is coming together one more time to perform a number on the TONYs. If you didn't get a chance to see COMPANY in New York, it is playing in Raleigh (and at movie theatres across the country) on June 15, 16, 19 and 21. Click here for listings and ticket information.

Ariana DeBose, who will star in our upcoming production of Hairspray as "Little Inez", was in the ensemble of COMPANY. We are thrilled that she will be in our show - be sure to check out COMPANY if you can! You may recognize Ariana from So You Think You Can Dance as well. North Carolina Theatre is fortunate to be able to bring stars down to perform on our stage.

Since the TONYs are just two days away, I thought it'd be fun to list some of our past alumni who have either been nominated or won a TONY award. Here's our list:

Gary Beach - nominated for Best Actor in La Cage Aux Folles, won Featured Actor in The Producers, nominated for Featured Actor in Beauty and the Beast
Casey Nicholaw - nominated for Best Choreography for Spamalot, and Best Direction & Choreography for Drowsy Chaperone, Book of Mormon
Lou Diamond Phillips - nominated for Best Actor in The King & I
Michael Rupert - nominated for Featured Actor in The Happy Time, winner for Featured Actor in Sweet Charity, nominated for Best Actor in Falsettos
Alan Campbell - nominated for Best Actor in Sunset Boulevard
Wanda Richert - nominated for Featured Actress in 42nd Street
Terrence Mann - nominated for Best Actor in Les Miserables and Beauty and the Beast
Beth Leavel - winner for Featured Actress in Drowsy Chaperone, nominated for Best Actress in Baby It's You!
Joey McKneely - nominated for Best Choreography for Smokey Joe's and The Life
Jarrod Emick - winner for Featured Actor in Damn Yankees
Shuler Hensley - winner for Featured Actor in Oklahoma!
Andrea McArdle - winner for Best Actress in Annie

I can't wait to see what other North Carolina Theatre alum we can add to this list in the future.

Hope you enjoy the TONYs on Sunday! What performance are you looking forward to the most?

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