Last weekend was a big one for UNC Greensboro alumni and Broadway veterans Joseph Forbes ’75 and Beth Leavel ’80 MFA.
Forbes was one of four recipients to receive this year’s Tony Honors for Excellence in the Theatre, an annual award for individuals and organizations that have demonstrated extraordinary achievement in theatre. Forbes is the founder of Scenic Art Studios, a premier scene painting studio for Broadway.
Leavel, already a Tony Award winner for her work on “The Drowsy Chaperone,” was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical for her role as “Dee Dee Allen” in “The Prom.”
“The Prom,” which was named “Best Musical” in the Drama Desk Awards earlier in the week, also received a Tony nomination for Best Musical.
Leavel made two star appearances during the Tony’s telecast – in the big opening number featuring each of the nominated musicals, and in a musical number from the production.