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Huntington Wins Tony Regional Theatre Award

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LeRoy McClain as Walter Lee Younger. (T. Charles Erickson)

LeRoy McClain as Walter Lee Younger. (T. Charles Erickson)

The Huntington Theatre Company will be honored with this year’s 2013 Regional Theatre Award at this year’s Tony presentation. It’s an award that many in the Boston theater community has thought to be a long time coming. The two recent transfers to Broadway from the previous season, Lydia Diamond’s “Stick Fly” and Stephen Karam’s “Sons of the Prophet” may have galvanized some of the voters.

Here’s the press release from the Tony committee.

New York, NY (April 29, 2013) – The Tony Awards Administration Committee has announced that it will present the 2013 Regional Theatre Award to the Huntington Theatre Company of Boston, Massachusetts. Each year, the Tony Awards Administration Committee presents a Tony Award to a regional theatre on the recommendation of the American Theatre Critics Association. The 2013 Tony Awards, which are presented by The Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing, will be broadcast live from Radio City Music Hall, on the CBS television network on Sunday, June 9, 2013.

The Huntington Theatre Company is one of Boston’s leading professional theatres. Under the direction of Artistic Director Peter DuBois and Managing Director Michael Maso and in residence at Boston University, the Huntington brings together world-class theatre artists from Boston, Broadway, and beyond. Promising new talent creates eclectic seasons of exciting new works and classics made current. The Huntington Theatre Company has gone above and beyond by mentoring playwrights in the Huntington Playwriting Fellows program, educating young people in theatre, and providing Boston-based companies with discounted audience services and facilities, the Huntington cultivates, celebrates, and champions theatre as an art form.

The Huntington has transferred 16 productions to New York, including two in 2012: the Broadway premiere of Lydia R. Diamond’s Stick Fly and the Roundabout Theatre Company’s production of Stephen Karam’s Sons of the Prophet, named a 2012 Pulitzer Prize finalist. The Huntington champions new play development and the local theatre community through its operation of the Stanford Calderwood Pavilion at the Boston Center for the Arts, which the Huntington built in 2004.

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