“Kenneth Posner for ‘Kinky Boots,’” the “Modern Family” star read.
“Kenneth Posner for ‘Pippin,’” he continued.
“Kenneth Posner for “Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella,” Ferguson said, with a big smile.
“And Hugh Vanstone for ‘Matilda The Musical,’” he read, adding “Good luck, Hugh.”
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Ken Posner didn’t see the announcement. The now-10-time Tony nominee (he won for “Coast of Utopia Part 2- Shipwreck” in 2007) was driving to a meeting about his last show of a very busy season, an Off-Broadway musical called “Far From Heaven,” based on the film of the same name.
I reached him in his car on his drive in from his New Jersey home.
“My agent just called me,” he said. “I haven’t even processed it yet. I’m certainly very honored and thrilled and happy to be recognized and very proud to be part of the collaborations on all three of those wonderful productions.”
They are three entirely different productions: “Cinderella” is a classic, “Kinky Boots” still traditional, albeit about a drag queen who goes into business with a shoemaker’s son, and “Pippin,” which is filled with circus acts, tumbling and trapezes.
“The material, the designs, the scenic designs and the directorial styles were all so different so the lighting had to be tailored to each of those productions, so automatically the process becomes a little different,” he says.
Any one of those productions might have made a career, but Posner had all three in one very busy season.
“I’m so very lucky,” he said. “My agent called me then my wife called me and I just kept saying ‘Are you sure? Are you sure?’”
They were sure: Posner is three-quarters of the category, with his friend Hugh Vanstone making up the final quarter with a nomination for “Matilda.”
“Hugh is a good friend of mine,” he said. “I couldn’t imagine being in better company.”
Posner is wrapping up a “very packed” season with one last show before taking a few weeks off this summer: He’s designing lights for “a beautiful new musical called ‘Far From Heaven’ that played at Williamstown Theater Festival last summer.”
If Posner wins his second Tony—for whichever of the three productions he’s up for—it’ll be the second consecutive year an Eastchester native has taken home a Tony for lighting. Eastchester’s Jeff Croiter won last year for his lighting design for the play “Peter and the Starcatcher.”