Texas State Updates: Tony Award Winner

Former Texas State student
Hickey earns Tony Award

John Benjamin Hickey, with his Tony Award, from Broadway.com.

One of the big winners at the American Theatre Wing’s Tony Awards on Sunday was former Texas State student John Benjamin Hickey.

The native of Plano won in the Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play category for his performance as Felix Turner in The Normal Heart, a revival described as “outrageous, unflinching, and totally unforgettable look at the sexual politics of New York during the AIDS crisis.” It was his first Tony Award.

“Being a member of the ensemble of The Normal Heart has been the greatest privilege (and) the proudest moment of my career,” Harris said in his acceptance speech, which can be seen online. “We love this play and we loved doing this play.”

Hickey, who also has a starring role in the Showtime series The Big C, has been in three plays that have won Tony Awards: Love! Valour! Compassion!, Cabaret, and The Crucible. His professional acting credits on imdb.com date to the early 1990s.

He was a theatre major at Texas State from fall 1981 through summer 1983, according to Dr. John Fleming, chairman of the Department of Theatre and Dance. He appeared in at least eight productions, including A Christmas Carol alongside T. Richard Cheatham, who recently retired as dean of the College of Fine Arts and Communication.

In his speech, Hickey thanked his family in Plano and jokingly admonished them, “You better not be watching the Mavericks game.”

One response to “Texas State Updates: Tony Award Winner

  1. Thanks for recognition of John. I am his mother-Loreta Hickey in Plano.

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