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The King and I’s Ruthie Ann Miles Wins Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical

Ruthie Ann Miles. Photo by Paul Kolnik

Ruthie Ann Miles. Photo by Paul Kolnik

Sutton Foster, Ruthie Ann Miles, and Corey Stoll attend the 2015 Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 7, 2015 in New York City. Photo courtesy of The Tony Awards/Facebook

Sutton Foster, Ruthie Ann Miles, and Corey Stoll attend the 2015 Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 7, 2015 in New York City. Photo courtesy of The Tony Awards/Facebook

Congratulations to Ruthie Ann Miles on winning the 2015 Tony Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical for her role as Lady Thiang opposite Ken Watanabe and Kelli O’Hara in the well-received revival of The King and I at Lincoln Center.

The role marks her Broadway debut, and Miles made history by becoming the first Asian American woman ever to win a Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical. She is the second actress of Asian descent to win a Tony. The first was Lea Salonga, who starred in Miss Saigon, and won Best Actress in a Musical in 1991. Miles has been awarded a 2015 Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical and was nominated for the 2015 Drama League Award for her Distinguished Performance in The King and I.

In addition to Miles’ win, The King and I was named Best Revival of a Musical and won in the categories of Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical for Kelli O’Hara and Best Costume Design of a Musical for Catherine Zuber. Other nominations included Ken Watanabe (Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical), Bartlett Sher (Best Direction of a Musical), Michael Yeargan (Best Scenic Design of a Musical), Donald Holder (Best Lighting Design of a Musical), Christopher Gattelli (Best Choreography).

The King and I wins 4 Tony Awards including Best Revival of a Musical, Kelli O’Hara (Best Leading Actress in a Musical), Ruthie Ann Miles (Best Featured Actress in a Musical) and Catherine Zuber (Best Costume Design) 

Photos: 2015 Tony Award Winners and Performances

O’Hara, Miles, Watanabe and the cast of The King and I performed a medley of Rodgers and Hammerstein favorites like “Getting to Know You,” “Shall We Dance?” and “Something Wonderful.

Click below to hear Ruthie Ann Mile’s Acceptance Speech.

The New York Times called Miles “first-rate,” and said she “turns ‘Something Wonderful’ into an exquisite expression of romantic realism that could be the show’s anthem.”

Ruthie Ann Miles (center) as Imelda Marcos and Jose Llana (on staircase) as Ferdinand Marcus. Photo by Joan Marcus

Ruthie Ann Miles (center) as Imelda Marcos and Jose Llana (on staircase) as Ferdinand Marcus. Photo by Joan Marcus

Miles recently starred in David Byrne & Fat Boy Slim’s Off-Broadway hit musical Here Lies Love at The Public Theater, directed by Alex Timbers,  in which she played former Philippine First Lady Imelda Marcos. Miles won critical acclaim for originating the role of Imelda, garnering a Theatre World Award and a Lucille Lortel Award. Other favorite productions include Avenue QBand GeeksTwo By Two, and the National tours of both Annie, and Sweeney Todd (as Adolfo Pirelli – playing the accordion, flute and piano onstage.) She received her Masters in music performance from NYU Steinhardt. Miles hails from Kaimuki in Honolulu, Hawai’i.

Lucille Lortel Awards for Here Lies Love, Fun Home, The Open House, Good Person of Szechwan 
Jose Llana, Ruthie Ann Miles, Melody Butiu, Conrad Ricamora and More Open in David Byrne- Fatboy Slim’s Here Lies Love on May 1

Click here for all of the Tony Award winners.

cropped-lia-chang_photo-by-carlos-flores-3.jpgLia Chang is an actor, a performance and fine art botanical photographer, and an award-winning multi-platform journalist. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon and Taxman. She has guest starred on “One Life to Live,” “As the World Turns,” and “New York Undercover.” Lia is co-hosting AAFLTV’s “Focus on the Philippines“, Monday nights in June. She is profiled in Jade Magazine.

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