Columbia Alumni & the Tonys

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Several Columbia alumni are up for an award at this year's Tonys, set for Sunday, June 10 at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. Ahead of the event, which celebrates the best of the year in Broadway theater, read up on the talented and artistic Columbians in the running for the prize.

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Best Book of a Musical

Jennifer Lee '05SOA
Director, Frozen



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Best Play
Ayad Akhtar '02SOA
Writer, Junk




Ito Aghayere '12SOA
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Actor, Junk



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Best Play
Lauren Nicole Cipoletti '13SOA
Actor, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child



Dave Register '15SOA

Actor, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child



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Best Musical

Steven Chaikelson '89CC, '93SOA, '93LAW
Associate Producer, The Band's Visit


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Best Revival of a Play
Tony Kushner '78CC
Playwright, Angels in America



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Best Revival of a Musical
Richard Rodgers '1923CC
Oscar Hammerstein '1916CC
Composer and Lyricist, Carousel



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Best Orchestrations
Tom Kitt '96CC
Musical Supervisor, SpongeBob SquarePants


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Regional Theatre Award
Mia Yoo '98SOA
Artistic Director, La MaMa E.T.C.



Read more about the Tonys, including how the voting process works, from Columbia School of the Arts.

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Did you know? Todd Purdum, a contributing editor for Vanity Fair and senior writer for Politico, just published a book on the aforementioned Rodgers and Hammerstein, two of Columbia College's most notable alumni and the most famous duo in musical theater. Learn more about Something Wonderful: Rodgers And Hammerstein's Broadway Revolution, and hear from Purdum on NPR describing their legendary partnership.

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