BLOOMINGTON – Two alumni from Illinois State and Illinois Wesleyan universities are among Tony Award nominees announced Tuesday.

Laurie Metcalf, a 1976 graduate of ISU, has been nominated for Best Actress in a Leading Role in a Play for her portrayal of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in “Hillary and Clinton.”

This is her sixth Tony nomination. She won a Tony for lead actress last year in “A Doll's House, Part 2” and in 2016 for featured actress in “Three Tall Women.”

Bill Damaschke, who graduated from IWU in 1985, is producer of “The Prom,” which was nominated for Best Musical.

Two actresses in “The Prom” were nominated for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical. “The Prom” also was nominated for Best Book of a Musical, Best Original Score Written for the Theater, Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical and Best Director of a Musical.

The 73rd annual Tony Awards will be broadcast live on CBS at 7 p.m. June 9.

Metcalf, who grew up in southern Illinois and performed in the Miller Park Summer Theater Program while studying at ISU, also is an Emmy and Oscar winner.

She was nominated for an Academy Award in 2018 for Best Supporting Actress in the movie “Lady Bird.” She also won three consecutive Emmys for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series in 1992 through 1994 for her role in “Roseanne.”

ISU presented Metcalf with the Distinguished Alumni Award in 2011. She received ISU's Alumni Achievement Award in 1993.

Damaschke is president of Animation and Family Entertainment at Skydance Media. Where he also runs StoryKey Entertainment, which is responsible for producing Broadway musicals, including “The Prom.”

The Chicago native spoke at IWU's 2016 commencement and was give the Distinguished Alumni Award in 2011.

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