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Soraya Stories

Honoring extraordinary artists who've dazzled The Soraya stage

By Thor Steingraber

The Soraya is known for concerts featuring Broadway artists. Many of the most celebrated performers have appeared here, often backed by a big band. This Saturday, May 11, will mark another milestone as Tony Award-winning Aaron Tveit makes his Soraya debut. We are excited to share more good news – last week four Soraya “alums“ received 2024 Tony nominations.

Congratulations to the nominees. Please remember to check out more Broadway talent when we announce the 2024-25 Season later this week. 

  • Leslie Odom, Jr. — The Tony Award-winning Hamilton star, is nominated for his starring role in PURLIE VICTORIOUS: A NON-CONFEDERATE ROMP THROUGH THE COTTON PATCH. The work tells the story of a Black preacher’s machinations to reclaim his inheritance and win back his church. Odom, Jr. was last at The Soraya on Nov. 17, 2016.
  • Bebe Neuwirth The Tony and Emmy-nominated actress is nominated for her work alongside Eddie Redmayne and Gayle Rankin in CABARET AT THE KIT KAT CLUB, a revival of John Kander and Fred Ebb’s Cabaret now being performed at the August Wilson Theatre in New York. Neuwirth was last at The Soraya on Feb. 23, 2013. 
  • Eden Espinosa — Espinosa is nominated for her starring role in LEMPICKA, where she embodies the world-renowned artist Tamara de Lempicka in a musical that spans decades of political and personal turmoil. Espinosa was last at The Soraya for the 10th Anniversary celebration, Broadway Celebrates The Soraya (Megan Hilty, Joshua Henry, Eden Espinosa), on April 20, 2022. 
  • Kelli O’Hara — The eight-time Tony Award nominee receives another nomination for her starring role in DAYS OF WINE AND ROSES. The musical is an adaptation of the 1962 film and 1958 teleplay that follows a couple falling in love in 1950s New York. O’Hara was last at The Soraya on Oct. 14, 2016, and was scheduled to return on Oct. 23, 2020. Her 2020 performance was canceled due to the pandemic. 

As always, The Soraya celebrates the achievements of its artists and, with your support, looks forward to presenting an array of talented performers in the years to come. For the full list of 2024 Tony nominations, please click here.


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