Syracuse University Magazine

Alumni Shine on Broadway

The Broadway community warmly embraced Syracuse University alumni at the 67th annual American Theatre Wing’s 2013 Tony Awards held on June 9 in New York City. Named for actress, director, and producer, Antoinette Perry, the American Theatre Wing’s Tony Awards were established to celebrate excellence in the theatre. Two alumni were among the winners, and several others were nominated for the quality of their theatrical accomplishments.

Producer Myla Lerner ’73 took home a Tony Award for Pippin, which won Best Revival of a Musical and three other awards. Top honors also went to Daryl Roth ’66, a producer of Broadway’s must-see new musical, Kinky Boots, which was nominated for 13 Tony Awards and won six, including the prize for Best Musical. The high-heeled hit features music by Grammy winner Cyndi Lauper, who made theater history as the first solo woman ever to accept the Tony Award for Best Score.

Along with Roth, Arielle Tepper Madover ’94 and Stacey Mindich ’86 were producers of Lucky Guy, which was nominated in 10 categories and received two awards; and Annie, which was nominated for Best Revival of a Musical. Roth and the ARACA Group’s Mike Rego ’90 and Hank Unger ’90 are producers of The Testament of Mary, which earned three nominations. Rego and Unger joined Van Dean ’96 of Venetian Glass Productions as producers of Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella, which garnered nine nominations and won the Tony Award for Best Costume Design of a Musical. And architecture alumnus David Rockwell ’79, who created the stage settings for Kinky Boots and Lucky Guy, was nominated for Best Scenic Design of a Musical and Best Scenic Design of a Play.

For a complete list of 2013 Tony Award winners and nominees, go to www.tonyawards.com.  —Christine Yackel