Tanner recognized among theatre’s best

Ryan Tanner ’02 and husband Jay Krottinger are currently co-producing a newly reimagined Broadway revival of Rodgers & Hammerstein's OKLAHOMA! which took home the top award for Best Revival of a Musical at the 73rd Annual Tony Awards, held in New York City in June.

The Tony Award is considered the nation's highest theatre honor. In addition to the coveted award for Best Revival of a Musical, OKLAHOMA! took home the award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical (Ali Stroker). The production was also honored with six other nominations, including Best Leading Actor in a Musical (Damon Daunno), Best Featured Actress in a Musical (Mary Testa), Best Scenic Design of a Musical (Laura Jellinek), Best Sound Design of a Musical (Drew Levy), Best Direction of a Musical (Daniel Fish), and Best Orchestrations (Daniel Kluger).

Throughout the 2018-2019 Broadway award season, OKLAHOMA! has received a number of awards. The revival opened on Broadway on April 7, 2019, and has been recognized with widespread critical acclaim. The production is an original take on the classic Rodgers & Hammerstein musical, which first premiered its groundbreaking performance on Broadway in 1943. In Fall 2020, OKLAHOMA! will embark on a national tour, which is set to begin in Oklahoma City.

The couple co-founded the Tulsa-based theater company, Square 1 Theatrics, which currently has two hit musicals playing in London.The first Broadway production for Square 1 Theatrics, “Pippin” won four Tony Awards in 2013.

Tanner earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from IC in 2002. He is a charter member of the Illinois College Society.