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A Tony Evening for Northwestern

Writer and alumnus John Logan wins Tony Award for Best Play

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June 16, 2010 | by Wendy Leopold
Writer and Northwestern alum John Logan accepts the 2010 Tony Award for Best Play at the award festivities June 13 in New York. Photo by Richard Drew/Associated Press
EVANSTON, Ill. --- John Logan -- whose writing career began at Northwestern University in the early 1980s -- walked away with the Tony Award for Best Play at Sunday's Tony Award ceremonies.

The 61st Tony Awards festivities proved to be a stellar event for alumni and friends of Northwestern's School of Communication and American Music Theatre Project (AMPT).

Logan earned Broadway's highest honor for "Red," his play about abstract artist Mark Rothko. The drama won six Tony Awards out of seven nominations. Logan graduated from the School of Communication in 1983.

Others celebrating the award festivities included 1997 School of Communication alumna Kate Baldwin, Tony nominee for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical for "Finian's Rainbow," and alumni Ana Gasteyer and Tony Roberts, stars of "The Royal Family," which was nominated for Best Revival of a Play.

Director Sheryl Kaller and composer Andrew Lippa -- who have shared their talents with Northwestern audiences in past AMPT productions --were nominated for best director and best original score, respectively.

"This is the moment of a lifetime," said Logan in his acceptance speech. Logan, who as the screenplay writer of "The Aviator," "Gladiator" and "Any Given Sunday," is no stranger to writing accolades.

For more about celebrating alumni and friends of the School of Communication and the University, visit http://www.communication.northwestern.edu/news/press_release.php?itemID=125.