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Signature Theatre Makes Tony Awards History

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Arlington’s Signature Theatre has become the second-ever metro area recipient of a Tony Award. Yesterday, the long-running award show’s administrative committee announced that they will be honoring the local landmark with their 2009 Regional Theatre Award – a non-competitive prize that will be presented during the June 7th telecast live from Radio City Music City Hall. Say the show’s organizers:

“Each year, the Tony Awards present a Tony Award to a regional theatre on the recommendation of the American Theatre Critics Association. The Award is accompanied by a gift of $25,000 from VISA, USA, a proud sponsor of the Tony Awards for the past decade. For 20 years, Signature Theatre has broadened and brightened the region’s cultural landscape with its bold productions of challenging new and established works.”

The Signature, which will celebrate its twentieth season next year, has garnered rave reviews as of late for its’ pared down, black box production of Andrew Lloyd Weber‘s (usually way, way, way over the top) Les Miserable. The last area theater to receive the stage’s highest honor was the Arena Stage in 1976, when they became the second-ever recipient of the Tony for theatrical excellence outside of New York City.

A complete list of the 2008-2009 Tony Award Nominees was announced today and is available at www.tonyawards.com. The three-hour ceremony will air on CBS on Sunday, June 7, 2009.