Topekan Broadway Star Wins Tony Award For Best Musical

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW)- From Topeka to Broadway, a native is part of a show that took center stage at the Tony Awards over the weekend.

Jeff Kready lives in New York City. He graduated from Washburn Rural High School in 2000 and earned his Bachelor's in Voice Performance and Vocal Musical Education from Washburn University.

Before becoming a Broadway star Jeff Kready lit up the stage at Topeka Civic Theatre.

"I love that I get to tell stories. I think that's what every actor is at heart is a story teller," says Kready.

As 'Cornelius' in TCT's "Hello Dolley," he wowed the audience with his bold moves and powerful singing.

In 2006, Kready moved to the Big Apple to make his Broadway debut in "Les Miserables."

In 2013 he joined his fourth Broadway musical "A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder." He played 15 different characters.

Sunday night, he joined the cast on stage when the show won the Tony Award for Best Musical.

"It was an amazing moment, it was thrilling, we were so honored," said Kready.

Kready has a few words of wisdom for those who dream of being on stage.

"I'm very happy to get to do what I love for a living. Dream big, work hard and you never know what will happen!" says Kready.

This wasn't Kready's first Tony-winning experience. He also was part of the cast of Billy Elliott, which won a total of ten Tony's.