GREASE LIVE's Thomas Kail Wins Emmy Award for Best Direction For a Variety Special
Thomas Kail and Alex Rudzinski have won the 2016 Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing For A Variety Special for GREASE LIVE! This marks the fifth Emmy Award for the broadcast.
Last Sunday, GREASE LIVE received four additional Emmy Awards for Outstanding Special Class Program, Outstanding Technical Direction, Camerawork, Video Control For A Limited Series, Movie Or Special, an Emmy for Outstanding Lighting Design/Lighting Direction For A Variety Special and David Korins picked up an Emmy for Outstanding Production Design For A Variety, Nonfiction, Event Or Award Special. The live production, from FOX, Paramount and producer Marc Platt, made TV history by earning a total of ten EMMY AWARD nominations this year, the most nominations ever received for a live musical.
In June, Kail won the 2016 Tony Award for Best Direction of a Musical for HAMILTON. His other Broadway credits include In the Heights (Tony nom.), Lombardi, Magic/Bird. Off-Broadway: Hamilton (the Public; Drama Desk, Lortel and Obie Awards), In the Heights (Callaway Award, Drama Desk/OCC noms), Randy Newman's Faust and The Wiz (City Center), Broke-ology and When I Come to Die (LCT), Family Furniture (The Flea, Drama Desk nom), The Tutors (2ST Uptown).
Other credits include Broke-ology (Williamstown), Once on This Island (Paper Mill) and In the Heights (national tour). Co-creator/director of hip-hop improv group Freestyle Love Supreme. Martin E. Segal Award from Lincoln Center.
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