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Chapman couple win big at Tonys

June 14, 2010

Chapman University graduate film student Tim Kashani and his wife, Broadway actress-singer Pamela Winslow Kashani (Into the Woods, Beauty and the Beast), were proud winners at Sunday’s Tony Awards when  Memphis, produced by the Kashanis’ production company Apples and Oranges Productions, won Best Musical.

If you missed the big moment, check it out.

“We were just the little engine that could. And the word of mouth just kept moving on this beautiful and entertaining show. And we’re so proud,” said Winslow Kashani, speaking from a New York airport this morning. The couple, along with their son, Timothy, rushed back to London early Monday so Winslow could return to the stage Tuesday in Paradise Found, another production by Apples and Oranges.

“I was in New York for only 21 hours, but it was worth every minute of it,” said Winslow, who hosts Coast to Coast, an arts television program produced by Chapman’s Panther Productions and is a member of Fashionable Women of Chapman .

The energetic musical Memphis is a fictionalized take on real-life events that sparked the birth of rock ’n’ roll when a young, white radio DJ falls in love with an African-American singer whose career is rising, but who can’t break out of segregated clubs. When the duo team up, her soulful music reaches radio audiences everywhere, and the Golden Era of early rock takes flight. But as things heat up, their music – and their love – are put to the test.

Memphis also won Best Book of a Musical, Best Original Score Written for Theater and Best Orchestrations.

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