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Disney is back at the Tony Awards, collects 7 statues

Congratulations to the talented teams at Peter & The Starcatchers and Newsies who have put Disney Theatrical back in the spotlight at the Tony Awards. The show itself was wonderfully hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, whom I hope returns for many more years of hosting.

Disney is co-producing Peter & The Starcatchers which brought home:

Best Actor in a Featured Role in a Play: Christian Borle
Best Scenic Design of Play: Donyale Werle
Best Costume Design of a Play: Paloma Young
Best Lighting Design of a Play: Jeff Croiter
Best Sound Design of a Play: Darron L. West

Newsies won awards in the two areas where everyone expected them to:

Best Choreography: Christopher Gattelli
Best Original Score written for the Theatre: Music by Alan Menken and Lyrics by Jack Feldman

For Menken, this means he’s hit the GATOR having won at least one Grammy, Annie, Tony, Oscar, and a Razzie. All he’s missing from the top awards is an Emmy, and that is only not his on a technicality since his musical Christmas Carol won for Best Score, but someone else got the credit.

2 thoughts on “Disney is back at the Tony Awards, collects 7 statues”

  1. John,

    Could you explain how it was that Menken wrote the score for A Christmas Carol but did not receive the credit for it at the Emmy’s?

  2. I think it is interesting, and a bit strange, that “Newsies” was eligible and won the Best Original Score category while the winner of Best Musical, “Once” was ruled ineligible for Original Score because the bulk of the music was adapted from a movie. I suppose they must have gone by some issue of percentages, although the fact that 7 of the songs from “Newsies” were from the movie does make the decision a bit surprising.

    It might have been a bit of an interesting rematch had “Once” been eligible since it was a song from the film that beat out Menken’s “Enchanted” songs for the Oscar a few years back.

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