“Once On This Island” Co-Producers Tyler Mount and Jenna Ushkowitz Make History at 2018 Tonys

This Tony Award season is definitely a celebration for these talented young stars.

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Tyler Mount at the 2018 Tony Awards red carpet. Courtesy Photo

If you caught the 2018 Tony Awards this weekend, you know that it was a history-making evening in many ways. Not only were deserving new shows and legendary talents honored with big wins this year, but the production teams behind top winners also made their impact. At the ceremony, Tyler Mount, 28-year-old co-producer of the Broadway‘s Once On This Island,  became one of the youngest Tony Award winning producers in history when the production won for Best Musical Revival.

“For as long as I can remember I’ve wanted to pursue a career in the theatre, but above all else, I’ve longed to be a part of the Broadway community,” Tyler shared in a press statement. “Last night’s outcome is a testament to pursuing your dreams relentlessly, no matter how out of reach they may seem. I am truly humbled to have been honored with theatre’s most prestigious honor.”

Previously, we’ve known Tyler as a stage actor and YouTuber, but this is taking things to the next level, eh?

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Need even more excitement in your life? Another one of our faves was also part of the Once On This Island production team: Jenna Ushkowitz, of the Glee family.

With this Broadway victory, the 32-year-old became the first-ever Asian-American woman producer to pick up a Tony. Talk about an incredible milestone achievement.

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If you haven’t already seen the show, we know you’re now ready and hyped to check it out. According to an official show description, “Once On This Island follows Ti Moune (Hailey Kilgore), a peasant girl in the Antilles who falls in love with Daniel (Isaac Powell), a young man she saves from a car crash. When he returns to his wealthy family on the other side of the island, four gods: Mother of the Earth Asaka (Alex Newell), God of Water Agwé (Quentin Earl Darrington), Goddess of Love Erzulie (Lea Salonga) and Demon of Death Papa Ge (Tamyra Gray), guide Ti Mourne through a test of her love against prejudice and hate.”

This season’s production of Once On This Island is a revival from the 1990 original, and it is now playing at the Circle In the Square Theatre at 235 W. 50th Street in Manhattan. Get tickets now — if you can!

Kristine Hope Kowalski

Written by Kristine Hope Kowalski

Kristine is a writer and celebrity entertainment news journalist with a specific obsession with Nickelodeon + Disney Channel shows, boy bands, K-Pop, Broadway, and international series dramas. If she's not writing or tucked away in a good book, she is most likely traveling the world and spamming her friends' Instagram feeds with photos from her adventures. Kristine has a BA in Comparative Literature from Rutgers University (2011), and an MA in Interdisciplinary Humanities and Social Thought from NYU (2013). She is currently pursuing her second Master's in Journalism at Harvard.