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Tony Awards: 13 U-M Music, Theatre & Dance alumni in winning musicals, plays

Jamie Sherman Blinder

The University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance, historically well represented across industry awards, celebrated 13 alumni who were involved in productions that won 2024 Tony Awards in a ceremony Sunday in New York.

In the 2023-24 Broadway season, the winning productions with U-M alumni included:

  • Best Musical, “The Outsiders,” featured Maggie Kuntz, R.J. Higton, Wonza Johnson, Josh Strobl, and producers Matthew Rego, Tamlyn Shusterman and Y. Jamie Mistry
  • Best Play, “Stereophonic,” featured Sofia Nova
  • Best Revival of a Musical, “Merrily We Roll Along,” featured Brianna Stoute and Maya Boyd. Boyd will be performing the titular role in “& Juliet” next season, succeeding alum Lorna Courtney, who was Tony-nominated for the role last year.
  • Best Revival of a Play, “Appropriate,” featured Alyah Chanelle Scott, Thomas Laub and Mike Mosallam
  • Jack O’Brien, a long-time director and producer, received a Lifetime Achievement Award.

Additional 2024 Tony Awards nominees with U-M alumni included:

  • Best Musical nominee, “Water for Elephants,” featured Isabelle McCalla
  • Best Musical nominee, “Suffs,” featured Joe Carroll (co-producer)
  • Best Play nominee, “Mother Play,” featured Celia Keenan-Bolger 
  • Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play nominee for “Mother Play,” with Celia Keenan-Bolger 
  • Best Play nominee, “Mary Jane,” featured Megumi Nakamura
  • Best Play nominee, “Prayer for the French Republic,” featured Ethan Haberfield
  • Best Revival of a Musical nominee, “The Who’s Tommy,” featured: Bobby Conte, Mark Mitrano, Dee Tomasetta 
  • Best Revival of a Musical nominee, “Gutenberg! The Musical!,” featured Alyah Scott & Thomas Laub (producers), Mike Mosallam
  • Best Revival of a Musical nominee, “Cabaret at the Kit Kat Club,” featured Karl Skyler Urban