Mideast peace talks drama 'Oslo' wins big at Broadway's Tony Awards – The Jerusalem Post

Mideast peace talks drama 'Oslo' wins big at Broadway's Tony Awards – The Jerusalem Post

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J.T. Rogers (L) accepts Best Play for "Oslo" at the 71st Tony Awards, June 11 2017.


J.T. Rogers (L) accepts Best Play for “Oslo” at the 71st Tony Awards, June 11 2017..
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“Oslo”, J.T. Rogers’ Mideast peace accord drama, was named best play at the Tony Awards on Sunday night at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.

The annual award ceremony, celebrating its 71st year, rewards excellence in live Broadway theater.

The play, in which Israelis and Palestinian negotiators struggle to hammer out a peace deal, received rave reviews for turning a complicated history into a fast, entertaining three hours. What’s particularly impressive is how riveting “Oslo” is — even though it’s common knowledge how the peace talks ended.

The play, which premiered off Broadway and then moved to Lincoln Center in April 2017, follows the little-known story of the integral role a Norwegian couple played in getting the Israelis and Palestinians to the negotiating table in Oslo.

A scene from Lincoln Center Theater's production of "Oslo" (T. CHARLES ERICKSON)

Michael Aronov, who features as Israeli negotiator Uri Savir in “Oslo”, was a surprise winner in the featured actor category for his kinetic performance in the behind-the-scenes dramatization of the 1993 Middle East peace accords.

Savir told The Jerusalem Post that Michael Aronov called last year to get some tips on authenticity. While Savir hasn’t seen the show, he said, “I have many friends who have seen it and they love it.” But he’s not rushing to New York to sit in the audience, since “I’ve seen the real thing!”

“Oslo” playwright Rogers, making his Broadway debut, thanked “The ladies and gentlemen who believed in democracy, who believed in peace, who believed in seeing their enemies as humans, I give this up to you.”

The production is slated to be adapted for the screen. Film producer Marc Platt, behind La La Land and Legally Blonde, has signed on to create a movie based on the play.

Broadway enjoyed a record-breaking season this year thanks to last year’s Tony winner and pop culture juggernaut “Hamilton,” and musicals like “Sunset Boulevard,” starring Glenn Close, and “Hello, Dolly!”

Amy Spiro and JTA contributed to this article.

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