Tulsa’s Square1 Theatrics, founded by Jay Krottinger and Ryan Tanner, and Cornice Productions, founded by Union High School graduate Eric Cornell, each earned Tony Awards for best revival of a musical Sunday as producers for the new version of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “Oklahoma!”
The two are among the more than 20 individuals and companies that helped to realize this acclaimed production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s 1943 classic musical, which brings a darker, more contemporary aura to this story without altering the show’s lyrics or dialogue.
“Oklahoma!” won out over the only other nominee in this category, “Kiss Me, Kate,” which stars Oklahoma native Kelli O’Hara.
This is the second time Krottinger and Tanner have won a Tony Award. They were part of the consortium that produced “Pippin,” which won best revival of a musical in 2013.
Square1 also earned best musical nominations for “Waitress,” in 2016, and “Come From Away” in 2017.
This was Cornice Productions’ first Tony Award. It also is a producer of “What the Constitution Means to Me,” which was nominated for best play this year.
Cornell is also a co-producer, along with Jack Sennott, of the Aaron Sorkin adaptation of “To Kill a Mockingbird,” which was also up for best play this year.
In addition to best revival of a musical, “Oklahoma!” also earned Ali Stroker the Tony for best featured actress in a musical for her performance as Ado Annie. Stroker made history as being the first performer confined to a wheelchair to be nominated for, and for winning, a Tony Award.
The musical was also nominated for best leading actor in a musical (Damon Daunno), best featured actress in a musical (Mary Testa), best scenic design of a musical (Laura Jellinek), best sound design of a musical (Drew Levy), best direction of a musical (Daniel Fish) and best orchestrations (Daniel Kluger).
In fall 2020, “Oklahoma!” will embark on a national tour, which is set to begin in Oklahoma City.
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