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Alumni Perform in the 2009 Tony Awards
Four Point Park University Conservatory of Performing Arts alumni performed at the 2009 Tony Awards on June 7 at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. Rob Ashford, a 1983 dance alumnus, choreographed the opening number. Ashford is a Tony-winning Broadway director and choreographer. He won a Tony Award for Best Choreography for Thoroughly Modern Millie in 2002; he received Tony nominations for his choreography for Cry-Baby, Curtains and the Wedding Singer.
Mike Cannon (COPA '00) and Eric Hatch (COPA '09) performed in West Side Story. Cannon plays the role of Snowboy and understudy to Riff and Tony; Hatch plays Big Deal and understudy to Action. In addition, Argentina native Josefina Scaglione, who plays the lead role of Maria, received her only training in the United States at Point Park University's International Summer Dance program; Scaglione is nominated this year for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical. West Side Story has four nominations at this year's Tony Awards, including Best Revival of a Musical, Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical, Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical, and Best Lighting Design of a Musical.
Marty Lawson (COPA'00) performed in the ensemble of Shrek The Musical. Shrek won the Best Costume Design of a Musical.
Anthony Hollock (COPA '06) performed in Hair, which won Best Revival of a Musical.
Stephen Hanna, who plays Billy's Older Self in Billy Elliot The Musical, was a three-time International Summer Dance participant and scholarship recipient. Billy Elliot won 10 awards including Best Musical.