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    Updated June 11, 2012

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AEA and 2012 Tony Awards

Nick Wyman - AEA President

Congratulations to the AEA Tony Award Nominees and Winners! See the list...

Receiving a Tony Award is a dream come true. Of course, in my dreams I don't usually share it with 49,000 other people. Sometimes, though, reality is better than dreams because I don't just share it with the 49,000 current members of Actors' Equity: I share it with the tens of thousands of earlier members. And we -- all of Equity past and present -- thank the Tony Administration Committee, the Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing. "We are such stuff as dreams are made on." Thank you for making our dreams a reality.

Actors -- particularly during negotiations -- like to talk tough and say "They need us! Without us there's no show!" Well, we all need one another -- to write the show, to raise the money, to sell the tickets, to move the scenery, to dress the actors, to light the stage, to play the music, to enable us to be heard over the music -- we are all in this together. This is a shared dream -- this is the dream we all had as kids, a dream we get to live eight times a week. On behalf of my 49,000 fellow dreamers, I say, "I being poor have only my dreams; I have spread my dreams under your feet; Tread softly because you tread on my dreams." Thank you.

Additional links:

  Our Tony Award Nominees and Winners

  CBS Sunday Morning - The Lives of B'way Gypsies

  Wash Post: AEA Gets Tony Amidst Union Bashing - Journey of the Gypsy Robe

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