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Livingston Grad, Stephen Oremus Receives Tony Award for Best Orchestrations at the 67th Annual Tony Awards

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Stephen Oremus, center, with Joshua Salzman, LHS music teacher, left; and Oremus’ former teachers Barbara Tamburro, Jacqueline M. Washack, and Bob Wirth. Credits: Livingston Public Schools
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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!”

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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 –

Bernard Gersten

Paul Libin

Ming Cho Lee

Regional Theatre Award

Huntington Theatre Company, Boston

Isabelle Stevenson Award

Larry Kramer

Tony Honor for Excellence in the Theatre

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William Craver

Peter Lawrence

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