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Union alum wins Tony award for 'Oklahoma!'

Posted: 6:33 PM, Jun 10, 2019
Updated: 2019-06-10 23:24:19-04

TULSA — A Union High School alum is putting Oklahoma on the map.

Eric Cornell graduated in 2002. After putting in 15 years of hard work, he won his first Tony award on Sunday night for Best Revival of a Musical, after he produced the show "Oklahoma!"

We sat down with his theater teacher at Union, who said Eric's success doesn't come as a surprise.

"The class is both freshmen and sophomores because he set the precedent for it, but he always, he always pushed the envelope, he always said, 'Hey I see what you're doing, but I think I can do more with this," said Troy Powell, director of theater for Union Public Schools.

Cornell was voted "most dramatic boy" by his classmates in 2002.

He's also co-producing "To Kill A Mockingbird" and "What the Constitution Means to Me."

Eric sent us this statement: “I am honored to receive a Tony Award alongside the producing team of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s OKLAHOMA!, and to celebrate this with my hometown of Tulsa. I am grateful for an amazing and rich arts education from Union High School, the Tulsa Parks Department, and Craft Productions that set me up for the career path I am on today."

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