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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.

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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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