Columbia Artists at the 2017 Tony Awards

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Columbia Artists at the 2017 Tony Awards

Includes nominations and award winners
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Theatre

CAA Arts Access is proud to support the many Columbia artists who have been nominated for the 2017 Tony Awards. Columbia students, alumni, and professors, all involved with this year’s biggest and brightest onstage productions are being celebrated for their writing, directing, producing, and managing.

Sweat by SOA faculty member and two-time Pulitzer Prize winner, Lynn Nottage received three nominations, including Best Play. Johanna Day and Michelle Wilson of Sweat were also both nominated for Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play.

Natasha, Pierre, and The Great Comet of 1812, directed by Rachel Chavkin ‘08SOA received an astonishing twelve nominations: Rachel Chavkin for Best Direction of a Musical, Best Musical, Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical, Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical, Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical, Best Book of a Musical, Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre, Best Scenic Design of a Musical, Best Costume Design of a Musical, Best Lighting Design of a Musical, Best Choreography, and Best Orchestrations.

Anastasia with Darko Tresnjak ’98SOA directing was nominated for two awards— Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical (Mary Beth Peil) and Best Costume Design of a Musical (Linda Cho).    

CAA Arts Access hosted exclusive Columbia nights to see Anastasia, Sweat, Natasha, Pierre, and The Great Comet of 1812, and Dear Evan Hansen and we were fortunate enough to be joined by our Columbia artists for talkbacks after each show.

Come From Away with faculty member Sue Frost who produced the show and Dave Ehle ‘96SOA who served as company manager, received seven nominations including Best Musical.

Indecent with alum and faculty member Adam Hess ‘02SOA who was the associate producer, Grant Rice ‘04SOA as general manager, and faculty member Lisa Poyer as company manager, received three nominations including Best Play.

Present Laughter with Thom Clay ‘96SOA as company manager, received three nominations, including Best Revival of a Play.

Jitney with faculty member Barry Grove and Ron Simons ‘82CC, ‘89BUS as producers received six nominations.

The Little Foxes received six nominations, including Best Revival of a Play.

War Paint with Barbara Whitman ‘05SOA as co-producer received four nominations.

Holiday Inn with faculty member Michael J. Passaro as the production stage and The Glass Menagerie with Chris Taggart ‘10SOA as the company manager both received one nomination each.

Current student Ben Platt at Columbia School of General Studies is also nominated for Best Performance by an actor in a Leading Role in a Musical for the hit show Dear Evan Hansen.

The American Theater Wing’s Tony Awards will be presented on Sunday, June 11, 2017. Tune in to CBS at 8:00pm EST/5:00pm PDT to see these amazing Columbians get honored for their hard work and creative genius.

Update on award winners and honorable mentions for alumni and faculty affilated with Tony-winning production!

Congratulations to all the winning nominees and winning shows at this year's Tony Awards!

“Jitney” with faculty member Barry Grove and Ron Simons ‘82CC, ‘89BUS as producers received six nominations and won for Best Play Revival.

Current GS student Ben Platt won for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical for “Dear Evan Hansen!” The play also won Best Musical, Best Featured Actress in a musical (Rachel Bay Jones) Best Book of a musical: (Steven Levenson), and Best Original Score (music and lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul).

“Natasha, Pierre, and The Great Comet of 1812,” directed by Rachel Chavkin ‘08SOA received an astonishing twelve nominations. The play won for Best Scenic Design in a Musical (Mimi Lien) and Best Lighting Design in a Musical (Bradley King).

“Come From Away” with faculty member Sue Frost producing, and Dave Ehle ‘96SOA as company manager, received seven nominations including Best Musical. It won for Best Direction in a Musical (Christopher Ashley).

“Indecent” with alum and faculty member Adam Hess ‘02SOA as associate producer, Grant Rice ‘04SOA as general manager, and faculty member Lisa Poyer as company manager, received three nominations including Best Play. The play wom for Best Direction in a Play (Rebecca Taichman).

“The Little Foxes,” which received six nominations, including Best Revival of a Play won for Best Featured Actress in A Play Cynthia Nixon ‘88BC and Best Costume Design in a Play (Jane Greenwood).

“Present Laughter” with Thom Clay ‘96SOA as company manager, received three nominations including Best Revival of a Play and won for Best Leading Actor in a Play (Kevin Kline).

If you were involved in any of the Tony award nominated shows, or any other performance/exhibition in visual arts, film, music, theatre, or literature, and want your work promoted through CAA Arts Access, let us know! Email us at alumniarts@columbia.edu.