Last week the nominees for the 2013 Tony Awards were announced and one nomination in particular has people at Western Carolina University excited. Terrence Mann, WCUs Carolyn Plemmons Phillips and Ben R. Phillips Distinguished Professorship in Musical Theatre, was nominated for “Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical” for his role as King Charlemagne in the Broadway revival of “Pippin”.
Even more impressive is the fact that this is not Professor Mann’s only Tony Nomination. His first came from his performance as the Beast in musical adaptation of “Beauty and the Beast, and his portrayal of Javert in the Broadway classic “Les Miserables” earned him his second nomination. Nathan Thomas, director of WCU’s Musical Theatre Program, said, “Congratulations to Terrence Mann on his third Tony nomination, proof that nice guys can succeed. Our students are extremely fortunate to be able to work with artists of Terry’s caliber.”
WRGC had the opportunity to speak to Mann, and ask him about the challenge of maintaining a teaching career as well as an acting career in New York City. Mann said, “Well I have a really amazing group of folks, from the Chancellor on down to those who run the theater department. I am able to travel down to North Carolina and direct the major musicals, and when I am in New York students come up and I try to mentor them around here, show them performances, behind the scenes, and give them a feeling of what it will be like once they are in the profession. I have had a little bit of my cake and eaten it too, by being able to be in New York and work, but also come back to North Carolina and remember why I love what I do.”
The 2013 Tony Awards will be held in New York City on June 9th, and Terrence Mann will not only be in attendance, but will also be preforming with the cast of “Pippin”. There are many at WCU that are hoping that after the night’s festivities Professor Mann will be able to swap “Tony Award Nominee” for a newer “Tony Award Winner”.