Yonkers Producer Joey Parnes Wins Tony For Best Musical

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Joey Parnes of Yonkers, far right, accepted the Tony Award for Best Musical for "A Gentleman's Guide To Love and Murder."
Joey Parnes of Yonkers, far right, accepted the Tony Award for Best Musical for "A Gentleman's Guide To Love and Murder." Photo Credit: Facebook: Joey Parnes Productions

YONKERS, N.Y. -- If the gentleman who went up to accept the Tony Award for Best Musical on behalf of "A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder” on Sunday, June 8, looked familiar, it's because he was none other than Yonkers native Joey Parnes.

Parnes, who is a resident of the Park Hill neighborhood in Yonkers, served as producer for the musical, which hauled in four of the coveted awards.

Parnes is a longtime producer and manager of plays and musicals for Broadway. His company, Joey Parnes Productions, also provides executive producer and general management services for theaters. 

Parnes has two productions on Broadway this season: "A Raisin in the Sun" and "A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder."

Some of his past credits include "Betrayal" (2013); the Tony Award-winning "Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike," "End of the Rainbow," "The Merchant of Venice" (2010); "Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson," "Equus" (2008); the Tony Award-winning revival of "Hair," "Passing Strange," "Butley" and "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" (2005); "The Goat, or Who is Sylvia?," "Copenhagen," "The Tempest" (1995); "Bring in ‘da Noise, Bring in ‘da Funk," "Grand Hotel," "Passion," "Legs Diamond," "Rags," "The Floating Light Bulb," "Camelot" and the original production of "Dreamgirls."

Audra McDonald of Croton-on-Hudson won her sixth Tony on Sunday night to become the Tony Awards' most decorated actress.

Parnes was unavailable for comment at the time of publication. 

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