Tony Awards

Philip Morris is celebrating is in his 17th year as CEO of Proctors. He arrived in the Capital Region in early 2002, after 25 years as executive director of the Chautauqua County arts council, in western New York.

Under Morris' leadership, Proctors has spent $42 million on expansion and renovation, which included a dramatically larger stage house and backstage facilities for the main theater, new box office and cafe, and the 440-seat GE Theatre at Proctors.

With major partnerships with Capital Repertory Theatre in Albany and Universal Preservation Hall in Saratoga Springs, Proctors has been a leader in seeing the arts from a regional perspective. Philip joins us this morning to talk the Tonys, grants, and getting ready for "Hamilton."

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  The current Broadway production of “Once on this Island” - which won the Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical in June, is scheduled to end its run at Circle in the Square Theatre on January 6.

The Lynn Ahrens/Stephen Flaherty musical, directed by Michael Arden and choreographed by Camille A. Brown, tells the story of the orphaned Ti Moune and four competitive Gods who make a wager over her life and her love.

“Once on this Island” is a celebration tinged with sadness and emphasizes the importance of telling everyone’s stories. Kenita R. Miller plays Mama Euralie. Her previous Broadway credits include "The Color Purple" and "Xanadu."


"Fun Home" is a groundbreaking five-time Tony Award winning musical based on Vermont author and illustrator Alison Bechdel’s acclaimed graphic memoir. The show features a book by Lisa Kron and music by Jeanine Tesori. As the show unfolds, you meet Bechdel at three different life stages as she grows and grapples with her uniquely dysfunctional family, her sexuality, and her father’s secrets.

"Fun Home" runs on Weston Playhouse's Second Stage at Walker Farm through July 28.

Director Malcolm Ewen and Caitlin Kinnunen (Medium Alison) join us.

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The Tony Awards race this year seems to be dominated by big established brands — Disney's "Frozen," J.K. Rowling's "Harry Potter," Tina Fey's "Mean Girls" and Nickelodeon's "SpongeBob SquarePants."