On Sunday, theater luminaries were recognized at the 73rd annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. Six CalArtians, including Mara Isaacs, Todd Sickafoose and Bob Mackie, joined a roster of distinguished winners.
Mythologically-inspired production Hadestown, was the night’s big winner, racking up eight total Tonys, including Best Musical. The show’s producers include Isaacs, CalArts School of Theater faculty member, as well as alums Meredith Lynsey Schade (Theater MFA 06), Dale Franzen (Music MFA 89) and Kathleen O’Kelly (Theater MFA 18).
Isaacs and Schade share a previous Tony Award for Best Play for Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike. Franzen was recently awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 14th annual Basie Awards, which honors high school-level theater productions and actors.
“Our extraordinary creative team is a model for genuine collaboration serving up this staggering fusion of music, story, movement and design,” said Isaacs onstage while accepting the Tony for the Best Musical. “Every night at the Walter Kerr, the actors, musicians, everyone working backstage in the house, bringing the world back into tune, at least for a moment.”
Acclaimed musicians Todd Sickafoose (Music MFA 98) and Michael Chorney won Best Orchestrations for Hadestown. The producer-engineer has helmed 25 total albums for numerous innovative musical acts, including Ani DiFranco, Andrew Bird and Jenny Scheinman.
Prolific fashion and costume designer Bob Mackie (Chouinard Art Institute alum) won Best Costume Design of a Musical for The Cher Show. Throughout Mackie’s five decade-long career, he has garnered nine Emmy Awards, three Academy Award nominations and an induction into the Television Academy Hall of Fame. Mackie was also recently awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA).
A Bridgeport couple has uncovered some disheartening news for motorists who grind to a halt as they zip through Valencia, braking for a family of Canada geese, narrowly avoiding a collision with the large birds.
The Santa Clarita City Council and MADD recognized Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s deputies Chris Morgan, Tanner Sanchez and Mario Acosta Tuesday for their major role in helping keep local streets safe from drunken drivers.
The city of Santa Clarita’s homeless population increased from 156 people in 2018 to 256 people in 2019, according to city-level data from the 2019 Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count released Friday by the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority.
American Coaster Enthusiasts, the world’s largest roller coaster enthusiasts club with more than 5,000 members, will hold their 42nd annual Coaster Con at Six Flags Magic Mountain and Knott’s Berry Farm from Sunday-Thursday, June 16-20.
No more wondering what to do on Friday nights because Friday will be opening night as the sounds of live Jazz and Blues bands once again fill its new location at 24250 Town Center Drive outside the Westfield Valencia Town Center.
The William S. Hart Union High School District’s Governing Board voted unanimously to approve the appointment of Joanna White to become the new Director of Special Education. Mrs. White takes over for Sharon Amrhein who is retiring after 16 years with the District.
LANCASTER – The Lancaster JetHawks opened their final series of the First Half with a bang, beating Inland Empire, 13-6, in front of a sellout crowd of 4,769 at The Hangar Wednesday night. The JetHawks set season-highs with 18 hits and nine extra-base hits.
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