SI in the News
Sunday's Tony Award broadcast gave the Best Play Award to Oslo, directed by Bartlett Sher '77, who already has several Tonys, including one for directing South Pacific. His show also earned a Tony for Michael Aronov for Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play.
Bartlett wasn't the only SI grad shown during the broadcast, which began with Darren Criss '05 (star of Hedgwig and the Angry Inch and Glee) greeting guests on the red carpet before the show began.
The In Memoriam section honored Tony Award winner James Houghton '76 (below), who died last year. His Signature Theatre Company was a mainstay of the New York Theatre scene, and Houghton was honored during his life and after his death for his innovative approach to theatre.
Then, during the commercials, Bay Area audiences saw both Adam Jacobs '97 as Aladdin, as his show will open soon in San Francisco, and Al Madrigal '89, who stars in the Showtime series I'm Dying Up Here.
SI's legacy of great actors and directors comes as no surprise to those who know two things about the school. First, SI's theatre program is the oldest west of the Mississippi — one beginning in 1863 with a production of "Joseph and His Brethren. Secondly, famed SI director Peter Devine '66, himself a talented actor, over his 25-years directing 100 shows at SI, launched the careers of dozens and dozens of grads who sought careers in theatre, film and TV. In fact, Darren Criss honored Peter during a broadcast of the Tonys several years ago.