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(New York, August 18, 2014) – The June 2013 broadcast of the 67th Annual Tony Awards was honored Saturday evening with two Primetime Emmy Awards® at the Creative Arts Awards presentation in Los Angeles. The Awards won in the following categories:
Outstanding Special Class Program – Ricky Kirshner, Executive Producer, Glenn Weiss Executive Producer and Neil Patrick Harris, Host/Producer
Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics “Bigger!” – Music by Tom Kitt, Lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda
This is the third consecutive year that the Tony Awards have won in these categories.
The Awards are nominated in two additional categories - Outstanding Directing for a Variety Special, directed by Glenn Weiss, and Outstanding Writing for a Variety Special, written by Dave Boone, Special Material by Paul Greenberg - that will be announced at the Primetime Emmy Awards® ceremony on Monday, Aug. 25, in Los Angeles.
"This show certainly was ‘bigger’, living up to the lyrics of the opening song,” Glenn Weiss and Ricky Kirshner said. “This could not have happened without the talents of hundreds of theatre and television professionals working hand in hand. Our gratitude to everyone on the production and especially Neil Patrick Harris, whose talents helped the Tonys bring home another two Emmys.”
“The 67thAnnual Tony Awards was certainly an outstanding production from the spectacular opening number to the moment the lights dimmed at the end of the show,” Heather Hitchens, Executive Director of the American Theater Wing, and Charlotte St. Martin, Executive Director of The Broadway League, said. “We are incredibly proud of the entire team for their hard work and are honored that the Awards continue to be recognized.”
Ricky Kirshner and Glenn Weiss of White Cherry Entertainment have acted as executive producers of the Tony Awards telecast since 2004. During White Cherry’s tenure, the Tony Awards have been recognized with an unprecedented 34 Emmy nominations and 18 Emmy wins, including the best show in its class for the last 5 consecutive years, and 7 of the last 8 outings. That recognition is far more than any time in Tony Awards history and is unparalleled by any other awards show today.
The Antoinette Perry “Tony” Award, which was founded by the American Theatre Wing in 1947, is bestowed annually on theatre professionals for distinguished achievement on Broadway. The Tony is one of the most coveted awards in the entertainment industry and the annual telecast – the night America watches Broadway – is considered one of the most prestigious programs on television.
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About the Tony Awards
The American Theatre Wing’s Tony Awards are presented by The Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing. At The Broadway League, Nick Scandalios is Chairman and Charlotte St. Martin is Executive Director. At the American Theatre Wing, William Ivey Long is Chairman and Heather Hitchens is Executive Director. Ricky Kirshner and Glenn Weiss of White Cherry Entertainment were the Executive Producers of the 2014 Tony Awards. Mr. Weiss also served as Director of the 2014 Tony Awards.
IBM, the official information technology partner of the Tony Awards, develops, designs, and hosts the official Tony Awards website,www.TonyAwards.com across digital platforms. Audemars Piguet is the presenting sponsor of the Tony Awards Red Carpet. United Airlines is the official airline of the Tony Awards. The New York Times is the official and exclusive print media partner of the Tony Awards. Nexxus Salon Hair Care is the official beauty partner of the Tony Awards. Paramount Hotel is the official hotel partner of the Tonys. PEOPLE is the official magazine partner of the Tony Awards. City National Bank is the official bank of the Tony Awards. Carnegie Mellon University is the first-ever, exclusive higher education partner of the Tony Awards. Clear Channel Spectacolor is the official media partner of the Tony Awards and co-producers of the Tonys Simulcast in Times Square.