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Hey hey, who needs a name? Well, the Machine does, for one thing, but also, how about this guy?

The press release says his name is Murphy. So… that would be Officer Murphy? He’s wearing a uniform to do what looks like his usual job, so I’m thinking yes. And we really need either a first name or a title (OR BOTH!), because, well, tumblr is a pain. How many millions of Murphys will I find if there’s just the one name to search?

Take a look at the lovely actor who played the role, John Douglas Thompson.

He’s won an Obie! (Off-Broadway Theatre Award)  He was born in England to Jamaican parents, he grew up in Montreal, and he worked as a traveling salesman in New England.

And then he decided to try acting! And he’s done pretty well!

So… Officer Murphy, yes? Hi, Officer Murphy! Hail, Officer Murphy, the man who gave the Machine a belief system! (And then she forgot it, but she remembered it again, so that all worked out.)

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“Jitney” by August Wilson

Samuel J. Friedman Theatre, 2016

Starring Harvy Blanks, Anthony Chisholm, Brandon J. Dirden, Andre Holland, Carra Patterson, Michael Potts, Keith Randolph Smith, Ray Anthony Thomas & John Douglas Thompson

2017 Tony Awards: The Complete Winners List

Who won big at the 71st Annual Tony Awards?

Kevin Spacey hosted the 2017 Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall in New York City on Sunday, with plenty of big stars in attendance, including Josh Groban, Sarah Paulson, Cobie Smulders, Orlando Bloom, Nick Kroll and Taye Diggs.

Check out all the big winners below!

PICS: The 2017 Tony Awards Red Carpet Arrivals!

Best Play

“A Doll’s House, Part 2”
“Indecent”
“Oslo” *WINNER*
“Sweat”

Best Musical

“Come From Away”
“Dear Evan Hansen” *WINNER*
“Groundhog Day The Musical”
“Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812”

Best Book of a Musical

“Come From Away”  – Irene Sankoff and David Hein
“Dear Evan Hansen” – Steven Levenson *WINNER*
“Groundhog Day The Musical” – Danny Rubin
“Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812” – Dave Malloy

Best Original Score

“Come From Away” – Music & Lyrics: Irene Sankoff and David Hein
“Dear Evan Hansen” – Music & Lyrics: Benj Pasek & Justin Paul *WINNER*
“Groundhog Day The Musical” – Music & Lyrics: Tim Minchin
“Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812” – Music & Lyrics: Dave Malloy

Best Revival of a Play

“August Wilson’s Jitney” *WINNER*
“Lillian Hellman’s The Little Foxes”
“Present Laughter”
“Six Degrees of Separation”

Best Revival of a Musical

“Falsettos”
“Hello, Dolly!” *WINNER*
“Miss Saigon”

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play

Denis Arndt, “Heisenberg”
Chris Cooper, “A Doll’s House, Part 2”
Corey Hawkins, “Six Degrees of Separation”
Kevin Kline, “Present Laughter” *WINNER*
Jefferson Mays, “Oslo”

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play

Cate Blanchett, “The Present”
Jennifer Ehle, “Oslo”
Sally Field, “The Glass Menagerie”
Laura Linney, “Lillian Hellman’s The Little Foxes”
Laurie Metcalf, “A Doll’s House, Part 2” *WINNER*

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical

Christian Borle, “Falsettos”
Josh Groban, “Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812”
Andy Karl, “Groundhog Day The Musical”
David Hyde Pierce, “Hello, Dolly!”
Ben Platt, “Dear Evan Hansen” *WINNER*

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical

Denee Benton, “Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812”
Christine Ebersole, “War Paint”
Patti LuPone, “War Paint”
Bette Midler, “Hello, Dolly!” *WINNER*
Eva Noblezada, “Miss Saigon”

Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play

Michael Aronov, “Oslo” *WINNER*
Danny DeVito, “Arthur Miller’s The Price”
Nathan Lane, “The Front Page”
Richard Thomas, “Lillian Hellman’s The Little Foxes”
John Douglas Thompson, “August Wilson’s Jitney”

Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play

Johanna Day, “Sweat”
Jayne Houdyshell, “A Doll’s House, Part 2”
Cynthia Nixon, “Lillian Hellman’s The Little Foxes” *WINNER*
Condola Rashad, “A Doll’s House, Part 2”
Michelle Wilson, “Sweat”

Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical

Gavin Creel, “Hello, Dolly!” *WINNER*
Mike Faist, “Dear Evan Hansen”
Andrew Rannells, “Falsettos”
Lucas Steele, “Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812”
Brandon Uranowitz, “Falsettos”

Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical

Kate Baldwin, “Hello, Dolly!”
Stephanie J. Block, “Falsettos”
Jenn Colella, “Come From Away”
Rachel Bay Jones, “Dear Evan Hansen” *WINNER*
Mary Beth Peil, “Anastasia”

Best Scenic Design of a Play

David Gallo, “August Wilson’s Jitney”
Nigel Hook, “The Play That Goes Wrong” *WINNER*
Douglas W. Schmidt, “The Front Page”
Michael Yeargan, “Oslo”

Best Scenic Design of a Musical

Rob Howell, “Groundhog Day The Musical”
David Korins, “War Paint”
Mimi Lien, “Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812” *WINNER*
Santo Loquasto, “Hello, Dolly!”

Best Costume Design of a Play

Jane Greenwood, “Lillian Hellman’s The Little Foxes” *WINNER*
Susan Hilferty, “Present Laughter”
Toni-Leslie James, “August Wilson’s Jitney”
David Zinn, “A Doll’s House, Part 2”

Best Costume Design of a Musical

Linda Cho, “Anastasia”
Santo Loquasto, “Hello, Dolly!” *WINNER*
Paloma Young, “Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812”
Catherine Zuber, “War Paint”

Best Lighting Design of a Play

Christopher Akerlind, “Indecent”
Jane Cox, “August Wilson’s Jitney”
Donald Holder, “Oslo”
Jennifer Tipton, “A Doll’s House, Part 2”

Best Lighting Design of a Musical

Howell Binkley, “Come From Away”
Natasha Katz, “Hello, Dolly!”
Bradley King, “Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812”
Japhy Weideman, “Dear Evan Hansen”

Best Direction of a Play

Sam Gold, “A Doll’s House, Part 2”
Ruben Santiago-Hudson, “August Wilson’s Jitney”
Bartlett Sher, “Oslo”
Daniel Sullivan, “Lillian Hellman’s The Little Foxes”
Rebecca Taichman, “Indecent” *WINNER*

Best Direction of a Musical

Christopher Ashley, “Come From Away” *WINNER*
Rachel Chavkin, “Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812”
Michael Greif, “Dear Evan Hansen”
Matthew Warchus, “Groundhog Day The Musical”
Jerry Zaks, “Hello, Dolly!”

Best Choreography

Andy Blankenbuehler, “Bandstand” *WINNER*
Peter Darling and Ellen Kane, “Groundhog Day The Musical”
Kelly Devine, “Come From Away”
Denis Jones, “Holiday Inn, The New Irving Berlin Musical”
Sam Pinkleton, “Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812”

Best Orchestrations

Bill Elliott and Greg Anthony Rassen, “Bandstand”
Larry Hochman, “Hello, Dolly!”
Alex Lacamoire, “Dear Evan Hansen” *WINNER*
Dave Malloy, “Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812”

A ticket stub from Langston Hughes reading at 92Y in 1942!  

We celebrate Langston on Feb 23 with the premiere of Young Man Langston, a dramatic reading from the letters of Langston Hughes with two of New York’s finest stage actors —Aaron Clifton Moten and John Douglas Thompson. There are discounted tickets for those 35 and under.

Check out the Poetry Center Online for more archival works from Unterberg Poetry Center of the 92nd Street Y.