'Hadestown' Directed by Alumna Rachel Chavkin ’08 Wins Eight Tonys

BY Paola Alexandra Soto, June 10, 2019

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Update 6/10/2019: Hadestown, directed by alumna Rachel Chavkin ’08 (Directing) won in eight of the nine categories it was nominated, including Best Musical and Best Direction of a Musical. Other winners include Ain't Too Proud, co-produced by T Fellow, Chris Maring alongside Columbia College alumnus Ron Simons (CC'82, BU'89), which won Best Choreography. 


May 5, 2019


The 2019 Tony Award nominations are in, and many alumni, faculty, and Fellows are among the notable nominees.


The musical Hadestown, directed by alumna Rachel Chavkin ’08 (Directing), leads the pack with 14 nominations including Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical, Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for Theatre, and Best Performance by an Actress in a Musical (Eva Noblezada). Chavkin was also recently nominated for a 2019 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Director of a Musical. Her previous musical Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 was nominated for a Tony and she won the 2017 Drama Desk Award for direction of that production. 

The play, What the Constitution Means to Me, written and performed by Heidi Schreck, received two nominations including Best Play and Best Performance by an Actress in a Play (Heidi Schreck). T Fellow, Aaron Glick is the lead producer on the production, alumnus Jon Bierman ’83 (Producing) is a co-producer along with T Fellow, Rachel Sussman, and alumna Danielle Karliner ’13 (Producing) is the General Manager. This is Bierman’s second production to receive a Tony nomination. Karliner was previously the Associate General Manager for Oh, Hello on Broadway and Fully Committed.


Both Hadestown and What the Constitution Means to Me were developed and produced by the New York Theatre Workshop, where alumnus and current adjunct faculty member Jeremy Blocker ’08 (Producing) is the Managing Director.

In other exciting Tony news, alumna Barbara Whitman ’05 is a co-producer of Burn This, which is nominated three times including for Best Revival of a Play. T Fellow, Chris Maring is a co-producer of Ain't Too Proud, alongside Columbia College alumnus Ron Simons (CC'82, BU'89), which is nominated for 12 Tonys, including Best Musical. The Prom Musical, with alumna Rachel Zucker '17 as a production assistant, received 7 nominations. 


The 73rd Annual Tony Awards ceremony will be hosted by James Corden and televised on June 9th on CBS. For more information about the nominees and productions click here.