And, The Winner Was: See How Playbill Readers' Picks Compared to Those of Tony Award Voters

By Playbill Staff
10 Jun 2013

Diane Paulus
Photo by Susan Lapides

Best Direction of a Musical

CORRECT: Readers and Tony voters picked Diane Paulus as their favorite Director of a Musical for her work on the cirque-inspired revival of Pippin. It was finally Paulus' year to take home the coveted award, after being previously nominated for both her re-envisionings of Hair and The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess, which both took home the awards for Best Revival of a Musical. The director, who took home the 2013 Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle awards and is known to completely re-invent celebrated works, incorporated a circus-style vision in Pippin that would complement Bob Fosse's choreography and take the musical to new "heights." She first saw the musical as a young child. "I saw it when I was eight years old – living in New York going to Broadway shows. You're a young person working in the theatre and you think, 'Will I ever have a chance?' I'm so grateful."

Click here to read the recent interview with Paulus, who shares insight on her vision for the celebrated revival of Pippin.