ROCKing the TONY AWARDS – Ben Piazza

Rock the TonyspiazzaBEN PIAZZA

Little Rock connection: Born in Little Rock and valedictorian of Little Rock High School class of 1951.  Family members are still in Little Rock and Central Arkansas.  He later wrote a fictional account of growing up in Little Rock in the book The Exact and Very Strange Truth.

Tony Awards connection: Starred in cast of original Tony winning production of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? longer than anyone else in original run or subsequent revivals.  Participated in workshops and readings with the author Edward Albee during the development of the play as well.  Also shared the stage with many other Tony winning and Tony nominated actors including James Whitmore, Shirley Booth, Jane Fonda, Claudia McNeil, Sandra Church, Alfred Drake, Uta Hagen, Arthur Hill, fellow Arkansan Melinda Dillon, Mercedes McCambridge, Nancy Kelly, Carrie Nye, Rosemary Murphy and William Daniels.

Today marks the 50th anniversary of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? closing on Broadway.