Yalies win four Tony Awards for their work in theater

A silhouette of the iconic Tony Award statue in Yale Blue.

Four Yale alumni won 2018 Tony Awards on June 10 at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.

Tony Awards celebrate the best of Broadway theater. Three of the four alumni worked on the musical “The Band’s Visit.”

Winners of the prestigious Tony Awards are Itamar Moses ’99, for Best Book of a Musical for “The Band’s Visit”; Tony Shalhoub DRA ’80 for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical for “The Band’s Visit”; Kai Harada ’98 for Best Sound Design of a Musical for “The Band’s Visit”; and Catherine Zuber DRA ’84, Best Costume Design of a Musical for “My Fair Lady.”

The Band’s Visit” also won for Best Musical.

Thirteen Yalies in total were nominated for the coveted theater awards. The other Tony Award nominees include writer and musician Kyle Jarrow ’01 for Best Book of a Musical for “SpongeBob SquarePants”; songwriter Bobby Lopez ’97 for Best Original Score for “Frozen” (with Kristen Anderson-Lopez); singer and songwriter Jonathan Coulton ’93 for Best Original Score for “SpongeBob SquarePants”; actor Bryan Tyree Henry DRA ’07 for Best Featured Actor in a Play for “Lobby Hero”; production designer, scenic designer, and costume designer Santo Loquasto DRA ’72 for Best Scenic Design of a Play for “The Iceman Cometh”; set designer Scott Pask ’97 for Best Scenic Design of a Musical for both “The Band’s Visit” and “Mean Girls” (with Finn Ross and Adam Young); scenic designer Michael Yeargan DRA ’72 for Best Scenic Design of a Musical for “My Fair Lady”; lighting designer Donald Holder DRA ’86 for Best Lighting Design for a Musical for “My Fair Lady”; and director Tina Landau ’84 for Best Direction of a Musical for “SpongeBob SquarePants.”

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