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Corey Brunish, Shoshana Bean get Tony nods

Brunish gets his 12th nomination as a producer, for the Broadway revival of "Company." Beaverton High grad Bean is honored for "Mr. Saturday Night."

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Two theater figures with deep Portland roots have scored big in the just-announced nominations for Broadway’s Tony Awards.

  • Producer Corey Brunish has been nominated for the 12th time, this year as a producer of the revival of Stephen Sondheim’s Company, which took nine nominations overall, including best revival of a musical.
  • Actor/singer Shoshana Bean is nominated for best performance by an actress in a featured role in a musical, in Mr. Saturday Night, the new Billy Crystal hit, which took five nominations, including best musical.

Bean, who’s also starred in such Broadway shows as Wicked (as Elpheba), Hairspray, and Waitress, is a graduate of Beaverton High School, and has returned there several times to give benefit concerts. She’s also released a trio of albums as a singer.

Brunish, who began acting and singing in Portland after graduating from college and eventually also moved on to direct and produce, has a long line of Broadway credits as a producer, among them such Tony winners as Porgy and Bess, Pippin, and Once On This Island, plus such hits as Come From Away, Tootsie, and Beautiful: The Carole King Musical. Company is something of a return run for Brunish: It’s the first musical he directed and produced in Portland. He maintains homes in New York and Lake Oswego, and most recently was in London as assistant director and a producer on the West End for the musical Bonnie and Clyde, repeating roles he held in the musical’s 2011 Broadway premiere.

A full list of Tony nominations is here. Leading the pack is the musical A Strange Loop, with 11 nominations, followed by the musicals MJ and Paradise Square (10 each), and Company (9). The award ceremony is scheduled for Sunday, June 12.

Bob Hicks has been covering arts and culture in the Pacific Northwest since 1978, including 25 years at The Oregonian. Among his art books are Kazuyuki Ohtsu; James B. Thompson: Fragments in Time; and Beth Van Hoesen: Fauna and Flora. His work has appeared in American Theatre, Biblio, Professional Artist, Northwest Passage, Art Scatter, and elsewhere. He also writes the daily art-history series "Today I Am."

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