LIVINGSTON, NJ - Stephen Oremus, a 1989 Livingston High graduate, won a Tony Award for Best Orchestrations for Kinky Boots at the 67th Tony Awards, which were broadcast on CBS, from Radio City Music Hall, on June 9. This was his second Tony Award. He won his first in this same category in 2011, for The Book of Mormon.
In his acceptance speech, Oremus said, “To all of the orchestrators, arrangers and music directors out there that are making our shows sound amazing; I am so honored to be a part of our community and you.”
His childhood friend Aimee Kessler Evans, a singer, for whom Oremus was an accompanist until college started, “I am so incredibly happy for Stephen! He has worked so hard, and truly deserves this honor. It’s amazing to see how his career has taken off and really…I am just thrilled for him and his family. It couldn’t happen to a better or more talented guy!”
In all, Kinky Boots received 13 Tony Nominations this year, and won six Tony Awards, including one for Best Musical.
Kinky Boots, which is based on the 2005 British film, with the same name, tells the real-life story of Charlie Price (played by Tony nominee Stark Sands) who inherits his father’s failing shoe factory, and is inspired to save it via fetish footwear, by Lola (played by Billy Porter). It is scored by Grammy Award-winning pop icon Cyndi Lauper, with a story by four-time Tony Award winner Harvey Fierstein, and is directed and choreographed by Tony Award winner Jerry Mitchell.
Stephen Oremus’ other Broadway credits include: arranger and orchestrator for the music for Avenue Q, musical director and arranger for Wicked, arranger and orchestrator for All Shook Up, and musical director for 9 to 5.
Here is a full list of the 2013 Tony Winners:
Best orchestrations - WINNER: Stephen Oremus, Kinky Boots
Best performance by an actor in a leading role in a play - WINNER: Tracy Letts, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf
Best performance by an actress in a leading role in a play – WINNER: Cicely Tyson, The Trip to Bountiful
Best performance by an actor in a leading role in a musical - WINNER: Billy Porter, Kinky Boots
Best performance by an actress in a leading role in a musical - WINNER: Patina Miller, Pippin
Best revival of a play - WINNER: Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Best play - WINNER: Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike
Best musical - WINNER: Kinky Boots
Best revival of a musical – WINNER: Pippin
Best performance by an actor in a featured role in a play - WINNER: Courtney B. Vance, Lucky Guy
Best performance by an actress in a featured role in a play – WINNER: Judith Light, The Assembled Parties
Best performance by an actor in a featured role in a musical - WINNER: Gabriel Ebert, Matilda: The Musical
Best performance by an actress in a featured role in a musical - WINNER: Andrea Martin, Pippin
Best direction of a play - WINNER: Pam MacKinnon, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Best direction of a musical - WINNER: Diane Paulus, Pippin
Best book of a musical - WINNER: Matilda: The Musical, Dennis Kelly
Best original score (music and/or lyrics) written for the theater - WINNER: Kinky Boots, music & lyrics: Cyndi Lauper
Best scenic design of a play - WINNER: John Lee Beatty, The Nance
Best scenic design of a musical - WINNER: Rob Howell, Matilda: The Musical
Best costume design of a play - WINNER: Ann Roth, The Nance
Best costume design of a musical - WINNER: William Ivey Long, Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella
Best lighting design of a play - WINNER: Jules Fisher & Peggy Eisenhauer, Lucky Guy
Best lighting design of a musical - WINNER: Hugh Vanstone, Matilda: The Musical
Best sound design of a play - WINNER: Leon Rothenberg, The Nance
Best sound design of a musical - WINNER: John Shivers, Kinky Boots
Best choreography - WINNER: Jerry Mitchell, Kinky Boots
Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre –
Ming Cho Lee
Regional Theatre Award
Huntington Theatre Company, Boston
Isabelle Stevenson Award
Tony Honor for Excellence in the Theatre
Career Transition For Dancers
The Lost Colony
The four actresses who created the title role of Matilda The Musical on Broadway — Sophia Gennusa, Oona Laurence, Bailey Ryon and Milly Shapiro