2 Frankfort natives nominated for Tony Awards

State Journal staff report Published:

Two Frankfort natives have been nominated for Tony Awards, highlighting their work in theater.

George C. Wolfe was nominated in the best director category for his work on Nora Ephron’s “Lucky Guy.” He’s one of four directors competing for the Tony in that category.

“Lucky Guy” got six nominations, including best play alongside Richard Greenberg’s “The Assembled Parties,” Colm Toibin’s “The Testament of Mary” and Christopher Durang’s “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike.”

Wolfe is a 1972 graduate of Frankfort High School who began his career in the arts by directing and performing in plays and writing poetry and prose for the school’s literary journal.

He is the recipient of two Tony Awards, the first in 1993 for “Angels in America: Millennium Approaches” and the second in 1996 for “Bring in ‘da Noise/Bring in ‘da Funk.”

Will Chase was nominated for best actor in a featured role in a musical for his performance in “The Mystery of Edwin Drood.” He’s among five men vying for the award.

His play is also nominated in the best musical revival category along with “Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella,” ‘‘Annie,” and “Pippin.”

Chase is a 1988 graduate of Western Hills High School.

He has appeared on television and the stage and is best known for his Broadway appearances in “Rent,” “Miss Saigon” and “The Full Monty.”

The Tony Awards will be broadcast on CBS from Radio City Music Hall on June 9.

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  • As a Frankfort native and longtime NYC resident, it makes me so proud to see the recognition of the profound contributions of George C. Wolfe to the national musical theatre arts scene and the talent of Will Chase. I'm also very proud of Charles Edward Hall, III, who has wonderfully played Santa Claus at Radio City Music Hall for so many, years.