Tony Awards: High-five for Boston

Lauren Molina and Geoff Packard in the Huntington Theatre Company's production of “Candide.”

Liz Lauren

Lauren Molina and Geoff Packard in the Huntington Theatre Company's production of “Candide.”


Local theater is on a creative upswing, and it’s gratifying to see the Tony Awards take note. Sunday night’s big winner, of course, was the Cambridge-based American Repertory Theater, which received four Tonys for its revival of “Pippin,” including a best director award for ART chief Diane Paulus.

But for pure local pride, it was gratifying to see the Huntington Theatre Company win the Tony for best regional theater. Like many nonprofit theaters, the Huntington sees part of its mission as presenting plays that might not garner huge commercial attention. But the quality of the work is such that the Huntington has launched 16 productions to the stages of New York. And it’s not just professional actors who leave powerful impressions at the Huntington. On Monday night, the members of the graduating class of the Codman Academy charter school in Dorchester, who received training in oratory from the theater’s education department, got their chance to walk across Huntington’s stage.

The Huntington built the Calderwood Pavilion in the South End, where it leases space to dozens of local companies. Like the Huntington and the ART, they too are taking strides that will make Boston a destination for theatergoers across the region, and beyond.

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