"Clybourne Park," produced by two N.O. natives, wins Tony Award

Credit: Nathan Johnson. Walter Kerr Theatre on Broadway, 2012.

The cast of "Clybourne Park"

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Posted on June 10, 2012 at 10:40 PM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 13 at 7:03 AM

Dominic Massa / Eyewitness News

The New Orleans-born producers of the Broadway play "Clybourne Park,"  Wendell Pierce and Sue Vaccaro, are celebrating a Tony Award win, in the category of best play.

The awards were presented Sunday night in New York.  The show was up for four awards but took home only the big one - best play.

Pierce, an actor best known recently  for his role in the HBO series "Treme,"  tweeted a photo of himself raising a glass of wine to toast his colleagues.  

"To the cast of Clybourne Park Tony Award for Best Play of 2012!" he wrote.  "Thank you for all the Best Wishes."

Vaccaro, a New Orleans  native and entertainment industry veteran,  is also one of the producing partners of the London production of "Smokey Joe's Cafe" and the new musical "Empire." 

"Clybourne Park," the Pulitzer Prize-winning play about race and real estate riffs off Lorraine Hansberry's 1959 drama "A Raisin in the Sun."  It is set in the same house in one Chicago neighborhood.  The first act takes place in 1959 and the second one is set in 2009.

--With reporting from Associated Press

 

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