Tuesday, June 08, 2004

"Ragtime" Alumni at the Tony Awards

There were a couple alumni from the original Broadway production of "Ragtime" on prominent display at this weekend's Tony Awards.

There was original "Sarah", Audra McDonald winning her 4th (!) Tony, this time for a straight play, "A Raisin in the Sun." She won her 2nd Tony for "Ragtime" back in 1998. And just in case you're counting, she's won 4 Tonys (out of 5 nominations) in 10 years!

And there was her leading man, original "Coalhouse", Brian Stokes Mitchell, introducing the nominees for Best New Play. Amazingly Mitchell was nominated, but did not win Best Actor for his role in "Ragtime", losing out to Alan Cumming in "Cabaret." Tony voters made up for it two years later by awarding him the prize for "Kiss Me Kate."

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