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Filipino-American producer Jhett Tolentino makes Broadway history, wins 2 Tonys

 

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Theater producer Jhett Tolentino won two Tony Awards for two different plays in this year’s awards show, reports GMA.

One of three Filipinos ever recognized with a Tony, Tolentino won for A Raisin in the Sun, which stars Denzel Washington, for Best Revival of a Play and A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder for Best Musical.

It’s the second straight year Tolentino has won the coveted prize. Last year he took home the trophy for best play for Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike. The 68th Antoinette Perry (Tony) Awards held at the Radio City Music Hall in New York City on June 8.

Tolentino, who has an accounting degree from his hometown Iloilo City, Philippines, is actually the third Filipino to receive a Tony following Lea Salonga (Best Actress for the musical “Miss Saigon”) and Robert “Bobby” Lopez (Best Original Score for “Avenue Q”).“Just got home from the Tony Awards bliss,” Tolentino wrote on his Facebook following the ceremony hosted by Hugh Jackman.

Going through over 100 e-mails, 600 text messages and voicemails, 1,100+ Facebook notifications, likes, friend requests, tags, mentions, comments and private messages. I have never felt so loved by this community, family and friends. My eternal gratitude to the company of ‘A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder’ and ‘A Raisin in the Sun.’ Long live the theater!

A Raisin in the Sun” also won Best Direction of a Play for Kenny Leon, and Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play for Sophie Okonedo.

A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder” was also honored with Best Book of a Musical (Robert L. Friedman), Best Direction of a Musical (Darko Tresnjak) and Best Costume Design of a Musical (Linda Cho).

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