SC natives score big at Tonys

The Spartanburg Herald-JournalJune 10, 2013 

67th Annual Tony Awards – Press Room

Patina Miller poses with her award for best actress in a musical for "Pippin" in the press room at the 67th Annual Tony Awards, on Sunday, June 9, 2013 in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)

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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.

“It’s 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 ‘we’ve got stuff to do.’ All of a sudden, it’s 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 don’t think it’s really hit me yet,” Hayes said. “It’s almost like it’s just now kicking in that, ‘wow, this actually happened.’”

Hayes was among those gathered on stage at New York’s Radio City Music Hall as the show’s 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 Sunday’s 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.

“She’s incredible. She’s so nice and so talented,” Hayes said of Miller. “We South Carolinians did pretty good.”

Hayes and Miller are products of the S.C. Governor’s 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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