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Bruce Springsteen To Be Presented With Special Tony Award

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Bruce Springsteen will earn a special Tony Award during the American Theatre Wing’s 72nd Annual Tony Awards ceremony on June 10th. According to the press release, Springsteen who’ll receive the prize along with this year’s other “special” Tony honoree, John Leguizamo, is being saluted for “for his ongoing engagement Springsteen On Broadway, a once-in-a-lifetime theatre going experience for the Broadway stage, allowing fans an intimate look at a music idol.”

Springsteen is heading toward the exclusive club to have earned an Oscar, Grammy, Emmy and Tony. To date, 18 people have received “EGOT” status — counting both competitive non-competitive awards:

Richard Rodgers
Helen Hayes
Rita Moreno
John Gielgud
Audrey Hepburn
Marvin Hamlisch
Jonathan Tunick
Mel Brooks
Mike Nichols
Whoopi Goldberg
Scott Rudin
Robert Lopez
Barbra Streisand
Liza Minnelli
James Earl Jones
Alan Menken
Harry Belafonte
Quincy Jones

Bruce Springsteen has long felt that the job he does is one that’s existed through the ages — long before arenas, albums, and MTV: “If you look at the role of storytellers in communities, y’know, going back to the beginning of time, y’know, they played a sort of. . . you played a very functional role in assisting the community in making sense of its experience, sense of the world around them, charting parts of their lives, getting through parts of their lives. I was interested in sort of the eternal role of storyteller-songwriter and how I was going to perform that function best.” at Manhattans’ Walter Kerr Theatre.
The American Theatre Wing’s 72nd Annual Tony Awards, hosted by Sara Bareilles and Josh Groban, will air on the CBS on Sunday, June 10th at 8 pm, live from New York City’s Radio City Music Hall.

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