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Four UE Theatre Alumni Honored with Tony Award for Broadway Play STEREOPHONIC

Posted: Monday, June 17, 2024

STEREOPHONIC has captured the coveted Tony Award for Best Play at the 77th Annual Tony Awards, held at Lincoln Center's David H. Koch Theater on Sunday.

This accolade crowns an extraordinary night for the production, which made history in April as the most Tony-nominated play in Broadway's storied history.

The American Theatre Wing had previously announced the nominations on April 30, and the buzz surrounding STEREOPHONIC has only grown since then. With a record-breaking 13 nominations, STEREOPHONIC led the pack and secured five major awards on Sunday. In addition to Best Play (David Adjimi, playwright), the production was honored with awards for Best Direction of a Play (Daniel Aukin), Best Featured Actor in a Play (Will Brill), Best Sound Design of a Play (Ryan Rumery), and Best Scenic Design of a Play (David Zinn).

The production has strong ties to University of Evansville Theatre (UET), with four alumni playing key roles. Among them are lead producer Nick Mills and co-producer Assistant Professor Wes Grantom, both from the class of 2003, who are now Tony Award-winners. Additional contributions come from Miriam Cortes '21, Assistant Costume Designer, and Benjamin Anderson '15, the understudy actor for the roles of "Charlie" and "Peter."

"We're all incredibly proud of this show. Winning these awards and making history as the most Tony-nominated play of all time is a dream come true. The dedication and talent of this cast and creative team are unparalleled," said Grantom.

Loosely inspired by Fleetwood Mac and their seminal album Rumours, STEREOPHONIC delves into the creative struggles and triumphs of a rising rock band in 1976. The narrative captures the band at a critical juncture in a music studio, facing the pressures that could either lead to their breakup or breakthrough. Featuring original music by Arcade Fire's Will Butler, the play provides an intimate, fly-on-the-wall experience of a band on the brink of stardom.

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