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2010 Tony Awards: Bon Jovi's David Bryan nominated for multiple Tonys 13 June 2010
The Star-Ledger article

Source: The Star-Ledger

David Bryan is missing his first Bon Jovi concert in 23 years.

He’s got a good excuse: The rocker has important business to attend to at Radio City Music Hall tonight.

This founding member of one of the biggest rock bands on the planet is on the verge of also taking home Broadway’s highest honor.

“Memphis,” the show he wrote with stage veteran Joe DiPietro, has been nominated for eight Tony Awards, including best musical, best original score and best orchestration.

Bryan, whose dramatic piano, organ and synthesizer arrangements have always set Bon Jovi apart from its hard-rocking peers, is delighted by the unexpected success of his second career.

“I’m not a guy who grew up in theater,” says Bryan, 48, who was raised in Edison and attended J.P. Stevens High School. “I’ve always played in rock bands. After my bar mitzvah in 1975, I went to see ‘Fiddler on the Roof,’ and for years, that was it. Musicals weren’t on my radar.”


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