A pair of MDC luminaries took home top honors at the 2017 Tony Awards. Michael Aronov, graduate of New World School of the Arts (Theater, 1994), won the prize for Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play. The award for Best Orchestration went to Alex Lacamoire, also a New World alumnus (Music, 1992). Aronov portrays Uri Savir, an Israeli diplomat, in Oslo, a play about the multinational Middle East peace talks that took place in Norway in 1993. The production was nominated for seven Tony Awards and along with Aronov’s recognition, Oslo took the prize for Best Play. This was Aronov’s first Tony in only his second Broadway production. Lacamoire’s Tony for Best Orchestration was one of six awarded to the musical Dear Evan Hansen, including the prize for Best Musical. “It’s so wonderful to be recognized in this way,” Lacamoire said after winning his award. This is the third Tony win for Lacamoire. He won the Best Orchestration award for Hamilton in 2015 and in 2008 for his work on In the Heights. He has also won two Grammy Awards. Lacamoire’s achievements are especially impressive in that he overcame a hearing loss as a child to rise to the pinnacle of musical achievement.
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