NYU Alumni Magazine Spring 2010


Spotlight on Alumni Stage and Screen Stars

At the 2010 Tony Awards, Christine Jones (TSOA ’92) took home Best Scenic Design of a Musical for the Green Day rock opera American Idiot, while Robert Kaplowitz (TSOA ’95) won for Fela! in Best Sound Design of a Musical. Fellow alum Dan Moses Schreier (GAL ’79) was also nominated in that category for both A Little Night Music and Sondheim on Sondheim, which won the Drama Desk Award as Outstanding Musical Revue…

Elena Shaddow (STEINHARDT ’02) can be seen on Broadway alongside Kelsey Grammer in La Cage aux Folles, which scored the Tony for Best Revival of a Musical… Tom Wirtshafter (STERN ’79) was a co-producer on the record-breaking off-Broadway production of Thornton Wilder’s Our Town, which closed last month as the longest-running staging of the play in its 72-year history… The Sopranos vet Terence Winter (WSC ’84) created HBO’s new drama Boardwalk Empire, which centers around Prohibition-era Atlantic City and stars Steve Buscemi. Martin Scorsese (WSC ’64, STEINHARDT ’68, HON ’92) directed the pilot episode and is an executive producer… Fresh off of Lost, Daniel Dae Kim (TSOA ’96) returns to TV in CBS’s remake of the classic Hawaii Five-OJason Ritter (TSOA ’02) can be seen on NBC’s cryptic conspiracy thriller The Event, while Regina Hall (GSAS ’95) plays an assistant D.A. on the network’s spin-off Law & Order: Los AngelesCherry Chevapravatdumrong (LAW ’02) is a writer and co-producer on the animated comedy Family Guy, returning for its ninth season on Fox… Maura Tierney (TSOA ’89) stars in the Jerry Bruckheimer-produced legal drama The Whole Truth on ABC. Other new shows on the alphabet network include No Ordinary Family with Julie Benz (TSOA ’94) as the superpowered matriarch, and Happy Endings, a comedy about keeping a group of friends together after one couple breaks up, starring former Saturday Night Live cast member Casey Wilson (TSOA ’02)… Barry Blaustein (WSC ’76) directed the indie comedy Peep World, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival last month and stars Rainn Wilson (TSOA ’89), Michael C. Hall (TSOA ’96), and Sarah Silverman as part of a dysfunctional family reunited for their father’s 70th birthday… Composer Alan Menken (ARTS ’72, HON ’00) wrote the music for next month’s Tangled, Disney’s 50th animated feature film, which reimagines the story of RapunzelRyan Fleck (TSOA ’00) co-wrote and co-directed the recent dramedy It’s Kind of a Funny Story, starring Zach Galifianakis and Viola Davis… Steven Schneider (TSOA ’02) is an executive producer on Paranormal Activity 2, the follow-up to last year’s surprise horror hit, which will haunt theaters just in time for Halloween… Morgan Spurlock (TSOA ’94), Rachel Grady (GAL ’94), and Chris Romano (TSOA ’02) were among the team of directors behind Freakonomics, a documentary based on the best-selling economics book… Ariel Schulman (TSOA ’04) directed the indie twist-ending documentary Catfish, which has been the subject of buzz since its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival.

—RenÉe Alfuso