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TWITTER WATCH: SPRING AWAKENING's Michael Arden Explains Tony Telecast Mishap


Broadway fans were left a bit confused last night, when Christopher Fitzgerald, nominated as Best Supporting Actor in a Musical for his hilarious performance in WAITRESS, was shown on TV screens while Michael Arden's name was announced as a nominee for Best Director of a Musical.

His nod for helming the Broadway revival of Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater's SPRING AWAKENING, a production that originated with Los Angeles' Deaf West Theatre Company, double-casting roles with deaf and hearing actors, was the first Tony nomination for Arden, best known for his acting performances in BARE, THE TIMES THEY ARE A CHANGIN', Deaf West's previous transfer to Broadway, BIG RIVER, and the La Jolla and Paper Mill Regional productions of DISNEY'S THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME.

In the Twitter post below, Arden explains that he was where he was supposed to be.

Michael Arden, who recently received Tony, Drama Desk and New York Outer Critics Circle Award nominations for Best Direction of SPRING AWAKENING will be joining the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills this season as the institution's first ever Artist-in-Residence. Arden will develop new work, conduct a Master Class and direct two new productions: including Steven Sondheim's MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG and Alexi Kaye Campbell's THE PRIDE.

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