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Celebrating Broadway

| Sunday, June 9, 2013, 10:40 p.m.
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Tim Knecht , Jake George and Matthew Lang during the Celebrate Broadway Tony Awards party at the Cabaret Theater.
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Jordan Grier and Todd Minner during the Celebrate Broadway Tony Awards party at the Cabaret Theater.

Not much of a house divided as far as Pittsburgh was concerned when it came to early predictions on who would be walking away with a Tony Award on Sunday.

“Kinky Boots! Kinky Boots! Kinky Boots!” said Paul Guggenheimer. “And I'm usually a ‘Death of a Salesman' kind of person. When it comes to Broadway musicals, the more you're pushing the envelope, the better.”

Echoing the general sentiment heard among the crowd of socials gathered at the Cabaret Theater, there was nothing but love for Pittsburgh son Billy Porter, “We're all here for Billy Porter,” added Catherine Loevner, although even Pittsburgh Cultural Trust prez Kevin McMahon (with Kristen) wasn't fully confident of any early predictions.

“It's a real tossup between ‘Kinky Boots' and ‘Matilda.' Most of the industry insiders are for ‘Matilda' but ‘Kinky Boots' is coming on so strong. I really don't know … I wish I did,” he said.

Hosted by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, the inaugural Celebrate Broadway party afforded theater lovers including Lynn Smith, Jill Brodbeck, Janice and Ernie Meade, Tim McVay and David Bush, and Steve Sokoloski and Derick Stalker the chance to mix and mingle while watching the Awards ceremony via a live broadcast.

“We're looking to do this every year,” added hostPaul Organisak.

— Kate Benz

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