Clifton’s Nina Arianda and Bloomfield’s Michael McGrath Win at Tony Awards

by Alice Magdziak • June 13, 2012 • Entertainment, Jersey FolkComments (0)1903

Two New Jerseyans made the news on Sunday night by winning Tony awards.

Nina Arianda, photo via the Associate Press

Michael McGrath, photo via the Associated Press












Clifton native Nina Arianda won the Best Actress in a Play for her role as Vanda in ‘Venus in Fur.’   In the play, Vanda is an unusually talented young actress determined to land the lead in a new play based on the classic erotic novel, Venus in Fur. Vanda’s emotionally charged audition for the gifted but demanding playwright/director becomes an electrifying game of cat and mouse that blurs the lines between fantasy and reality, seduction and power, love and sex. Sounds like quite a challenging role for someone who’s a newcomer to Broadway.  No wonder she won!

Michael McGrath might not be a New Jersey native but Bloomfield must be happy to call him a resident, especially now that he’s won a Tony! He won the Best Featured Actor in a Musical for his role in ‘Nice Work If You Can Get It‘ as Cookie McGee, a wise guy mobster who’s also a butler to millionaire Jimmy Winter, played by Matthew Broderick. McGrath was nominated for the same award in 2005 for his work in Spamalot and moved to Bloomfield from Massachusetts in 2001 with his wife and daughter.

You make New Jersey proud, Nina and Michael!

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