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May 2, 2013

Santino Fontana, U of M '04 nominated for Broadway Tony Award

This week New York's Tony Awards committee nominated Santino Fontana (U of M '04) for his outstanding performance of a leading role in Broadway's musical revival of "Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella." Mr. Fontana, was a member of the inaugural class of the Guthrie Theater/ U of M BFA Actor Training program in the Department of Theatre Arts and Dance.

One of his first professional roles was as Shakespeare's brooding prince Hamlet for the Guthrie Theater production directed by Joe Dowling. This week Fontana was recognized for playing yet another prince, the charming one with Cinderella's glass slipper. Besides winning Cinderella's heart, Fontana has won accolades from the press as well as the League of Broadway Theater Owners and Producers, which organizes these awards with the AmericanTheatre Wing.

Joe Price, head of the Guthrie Theater/ University of Minnesota BFA Actor Training program commented, "Everyone in the U of M Theatre Arts and Dance Department, students and faculty are very proud of Santino and this extraordinary recognition of his professional career in the theatre. We wish him the very best." The Tony Awards ceremonies take place at Radio City Music Hall on June 9 and are nationally telecast .

See the Startribune http://www.startribune.com/entertainment/celebrities/205494871.html