Among today’s Tony Award nominations was 2003 Staples High School graduate Justin Paul.
Justin Paul was honored in 2007 with a Westport Arts Horizon Award, given to young artists. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
He was nominated in the Best Original Score (music and/or lyrics) Written for the Theatre category with writing partner Benj Pasek for their work on “A Christmas Story, The Musical.” The show also received two other nominations.
They are up against “Hands on a Hardbody,” “Matilda The Musical,” and “Kinky Boots,” written by pop star Cyndi Lauper.
Two other Staples graduates, like Paul, former members of Staples Players, worked on shows also receiving nominations.
2004 Staples graduate Gina Rattan is associate director of “Rogers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella” which received a nomination for Best Revival of a Musical and eight other nominations.
And 2002 Staples graduate Michael Altbaum is assistant company manager for “Matilda the Musical.” It was nominated in the Best Musical and Best Choreography categories.
The winners will be announced on Sunday, May 9 in a ceremony at New York’s Radio City Music Hall which will be broadcast by CBS.