Hugh Hayes rolled out of bed Monday a bit later than he usually does. Other than that, things were pretty much routine for the Spartanburg native who now lives in New York.
Never mind that Hayes, who has been involved in the Broadway theater industry for more than two decades, fulfilled a lifelong dream Sunday night by capturing his first Tony Award.
Its funny, Hayes said by phone. You wake up this morning, and the cat looks at you and is like, OK, feed me and change my litter box and weve got stuff to do. All of a sudden, its like nothing changes at all.
Hayes earned a Tony for his contribution as one of the producers of Pippin, which won for Best Revival of a Musical.
I dont think its really hit me yet, Hayes said. Its almost like its just now kicking in that, wow, this actually happened.
Hayes was among those gathered on stage at New Yorks Radio City Music Hall as the shows primary producers, Barry and Fran Weissler, accepted the award near the end of the three-hour CBS telecast.
Another South Carolina native, Patina Miller of Pageland, also earned her first Tony during Sundays ceremony. Miller, who stars in Pippin, won for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical. She gave a shoutout to her hometown in her acceptance speech Sunday.
Shes incredible. Shes so nice and so talented, Hayes said of Miller. We South Carolinians did pretty good.
Hayes and Miller are products of the S.C. Governors School for the Arts and Humanities in Greenville. Hayes also attended Spartanburg Day School.
Pippin, which received 10 Tony nominations, won in two other categories: Diane Paulus for Best Direction of a Musical; and Andrea Martin for Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical.
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