Tisch Alums Win Tony Awards for Writing and Design


NYU graduates from Tisch, the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development and the Gallatin School of Individualized Study received a total of 11 Tony Awards nominations, including 2014 Tony Award for Best Musical, "A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder."

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Designer and Tony Award Winner Beowulf Boritt of 'Act One' poses with his award for the Best Scenic Design of a Play in the Winners Circle during the 2014 Tony Awards. Credit: Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images

A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, a new musical written by Tisch alumni Robert L. Freedman and Steven Lutvak, won the 2014 Tony Award for Best Musical at the awards ceremony held last night at Radio City Music Hall.  Freedman also took home the Tony award for Best Book of a Musical for Gentleman’s Guide.   Freedman and Lutvak attended the Graduate Musical Theater Writing program at NYU Tisch.

Tisch theater design alumnus Beowolf Boritt, (MFA, ’96) was also honored for Best Scenic Design of a play for his work on Act One.  NYU graduates from Tisch, the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development and the Gallatin School of Individualized Study received a total of 11 Tony Awards nominations, including:

  • BEST PLAY

“Outside Mulligar,” written by John Patrick Shanley, ’77 (Steinhardt, BA)

“Mothers and Sons”, produced by Ken Davenport '94 (Tisch, BFA), Mark Lee '84 (Tisch, BA, Cinema Studies), Thomas Smedes, ‘85 (Gallatin, BA), and Tom Kirdahy ’85 (WSC, BA), ’88 (Law).  

  • BEST MUSICAL

“After Midnight,” produced by Adam S. Gordon ’89 (Tisch, BFA)

  • BEST BOOK OF A MUSICAL

“Aladdin,” Chad Beguelin '91 (Tisch, BFA)/'92 (Tisch, MFA)

  • BEST ORIGINAL SCORE WRITTEN FOR THE THEATRE

“Aladdin,” Lyrics: Chad Beguelin, ’91 (BFA, Drama)/’92 (MFA,Goldberg DDW)

“A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder,” Music: Steven Lutvak, (Tisch, MFA); Lyrics: Robert Freedman

  • BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE IN A MUSICAL

Idina Menzel, ‘93 (Tisch, BFA), “If/Then”

  • BEST LIGHTING DESIGN OF A PLAY

Jane Cox ’98, (Tisch Design for Stage and Screen, MFA), “Machinal”

  • BEST DIRECTION OF A MUSICAL

Michael Mayer '83 (Tisch, MFA), “Hedwig and the Angry Inch”

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