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Wheeler to host Tony Awards viewing party

Andrew Travers
The Aspen Times
Tony Award nominee Beth Malone in "Fun Home."
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What: Tony Award Party, presented by Aspen Community Theatre

Where: Wheeler Opera House

When: Sunday, June 7, doors at 6:30 broadcast at 7 p.m.

Cost: Free

More info: Red carpet attire is encouraged, not required

With part-time Snowmass Villager Beth Malone up for a Tony Award for her lead role in the Broadway musical “Fun Home,” Aspen Community Theatre is hosting a viewing party for the local actress’s big night.

The local theater group is inviting theater fans to come cheer her on and watch the Tonys broadcast at the Wheeler Opera House on Sunday, June 7. The free event will include complimentary food and a cash bar. The broadcast – hosted by Kristin Chenoweth and Alan Cumming – starts at 7 p.m. Red carpet attire is encouraged, but not required.

“We encourage anyone and everyone to come,” said Aspen Community Theatre’s Ned Sullivan.

“Fun Home,” based on Alison Bechdel’s best-selling graphic memoir about the cartoonist’s coming out as gay and her complicated relationship with her closeted father, has earned a season-high 12 total nominations including Best Musical. Malone plays Bechdel as an adult.

“This is everything to me,” Malone, who has performed in several Theatre Aspen productions, told the Aspen Times the morning of her nomination.

She said the best actress nod was unexpected, because the showier roles in “Fun Home” go to the younger versions of her character and to Michael Cervais as Bechdel’s father and Judy Kuhn as her mother. All five of the show’s principal actors have earned nominations.

“I love my role, but it’s a very subtle performance,” she said. “It’s in the minutia. So I thought, ‘This will be wonderful. I’m going to ride out this Tony season in the biggest hit show in New York, and I’m going to be like I am in the show: silently in the wings.’”

Read the March 23 Aspen Times Weekly profile of Malone here

Read an Aspen Times interview Malone from the morning of her Tony nomination here

And read the Aspen Times Weekly review of “Fun Home” here