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Congratulations to the 2011 Tony Award Winners! - La Jolla Playhouse Blog

Congratulations to the 2011 Tony Award Winners!

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Nikki M. James

What an incredible night! On Sunday night, The American Theatre Wing’s 65th Annual Tony Awards were held at the Beacon Theatre in New York City. The evening was hosted by the hilarious Neil Patrick Harris, TV star and Playhouse alum (1993’s Luck, Pluck & Virtue; “Mark” in our 1997 production of Rent).

The Book of Mormon took home nine Tonys, including the prize for “Best Musical.” The San Diego Union-Tribune asked our Artisic Director, Christopher Ashley, how he felt about Mormon succeeding Memphis, which took home the Tony Award for “Best Musical” last year:

“I was expecting to be sad, passing the torch from Memphis to a new show. But watching two shows from the Playhouse get such great acknowledgment, it was actually impossible to be sad.”

Stand out performances from Memphis and John Leguizamo’s Ghetto Klown (which was developed at the Playhouse last year) were featured during the Tony Awards last night.

We were thrilled to see Nikki M. James win the Tony Award for “Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical” for her turn in The Book of Mormon. In 2006, she starred as “Dorothy” in the Playhouse’s production of The Wiz, directed by Des McAnuff.

We were also delighted when another Playhouse leading lady –- the incredible Sutton Foster — took home a Tony for her performance in the hit revival Anything Goes. This is her second Tony Award; In 2002, she won “Best Leading Actress in a Musical” for her stunning performance in Thoroughly Modern Millie, a role she originated right here at the Playhouse.

Two other Playhouse veterans, set designer Scott Pask (Restoration and Cry-Baby) and sound designer Brian Ronan (Bonnie & Clyde) won Tony Awards for their designs for The Book of Mormon.

A heartfelt congratulations to all of the 2011 Tony Award winners from all of us here at La Jolla Playhouse!

Click here to watch Nikki M. James and Sutton Foster give their moving acceptances speeches.

Video of Neil Patrick Harris’ hilarious rap-recap of the Tony Awards: