Syracuse University Magazine

Standing Ovation

SU’s Department of Drama is riding high in the national spotlight. The Hollywood Reporter, a weekly trade publication for the entertainment industry, selected Syracuse University as one of the top 25 drama schools in the nation. The publication polled theater insiders and casting directors to find the best training grounds for aspiring actors. The schools on the list were chosen for their illustrious alumni or curriculum and because they offer the best entree into the job market. 

On top of that, six alumni from the College of Visual and Performing Arts have been nominated for 2012 Tony Awards. In the running to receive Broadway’s highest honor on June 10 are:

  • Frank Langella ’59 for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play for Man and Boy;
  • Josh Young ’03 for Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical for Jesus Christ Superstar;
  • Jessie Mueller ’05 for Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical for On a Clear Day You Can See Forever;
  • Wayne Barker ’86 for Best Original Score (music) for Peter and the Starcatcher;
  • Jack Feldman ’72 for Best Original Score (lyrics) for Newsies.

Several performances produced by Newhouse alumnus Van Dean ’96 also received nominations, including Porgy and Bess (10 nominations), Evita (three nominations), Bonnie & Clyde (two nominations), and The Best Man (two nominations).