Faculty Member Scott Lehrer Nominated for Tony Award—Again

May 18, 2009

For the second year in a row, faculty member Scott Lehrer has been nominated for a Tony Award for Best Sound Design of Play.

After winning a Tony for his work on South Pacificlast year, Lehrer has been nominated again for his sound design of the Broadway hit Joe Turner's Come and Gone.

Set in 1911—only 50 years after slavery—the play chronicles the life of Herald Loomis, an African American man who journeys north in search of his inner freedom.

The New York Times called the play a "splendid production," praising the sound design as "an ode to the unheard melodies that set the rhythms of lives."

"[The production] refrains from excessive instrumental embellishment. The real music is in the way people talk, and when the boarders come together for a thrillingly staged Juba session—a call-and-response dance—you see their stylized movements as an extension and exaltation of how each one speaks."

Read the entire New York Times review here.