Brian Yorkey wins Tony for best lyrics
June 9, 2009
The Village Originals musical “Next To Normal” took home three Tony Awards at the 63rd Annual Tony Awards Ceremony June 7.
The awards were Best Original Score (music by Tom Kitt; lyrics by Brian Yorkey), Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical (Alice Ripley) and Best Orchestrations (Michael Starobin and Kitt).
“Next To Normal” (formerly titled “Feeling Electric”) began as a staged reading at Village Theatre in March 2002. The creative team went on to develop the production further as a Village Originals workshop in June 2005.Yorkey, former associate artistic director for Village Theatre, was a pioneering force behind the kids program KIDSTAGE.
“‘Next to Normal’ started at Village Theatre and I started at Village Theatre, and this just seems like a great night to celebrate Village’s commitment to new musicals,” Yorkey said. “I was so glad to have Robb there to cheer us on, and celebrate, and I’m proud to say that Village Theatre is a big part of the ‘Next to Normal’ story.”
“It was exciting to be there to support Brian and Tom, and wonderful for Village Theatre to be recognized,” said Robb Hunt, the theater’s executive producer.
Yorkey will be with Village Theatre this summer to direct one of the six new works included in the ninth annual Festival of New Musicals. He is also set to direct “Lost In Yonkers,” the third production in Village Theatre’s 2009-2010 Season line-up.