The Local 'Pippin,' Huntington Theatre Awarded Tonys

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Images from “Pippin,” at Boston’s American Repertory Theater (Joan Marcus)

Two of the Boston area's top theater companies took home honors at Sunday night's Tony Awards ceremony in New York City.

The production of "Pippin" that opened at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge before moving to Broadway brought home four Tony Awards, including best revival of a musical and best direction of a musical for Diane Paulus, ART's artistic director.

Paulus had previously been nominated for best direction in 2009's production of "Hair" and again last year for "The Gershwin's Porgy and Bess."  She lost both times.

The effervescent Patina Miller won best actress in a musical for "Pippin," in a role — the Leading Player — that also won Ben Vereen a Tony in 1973. Like Vereen, Miller sings and dances expertly in the role, but unlike Vereen, she also soars on a trapeze and sings while hula-hooping.

Sixty-six-year-old Andrea Martin won best featured actress in a musical for her role in the show. As Pippin's grandmother, Berthe, she also performs high-flying stunts that thrilled audiences in both Boston and New York.

Boston's Huntington Theatre Company accepted the best regional theater award.

With reporting by The Associated Press and the WBUR Newsroom

This program aired on June 10, 2013. The audio for this program is not available.


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