Diane Robbins, 52, a registered nurse at MassGeneral Hospital in Boston, MA and aunt of Michael Peterson, 29, is boycotting the Tony Awards. “It’s a ruse,” she says. Up-in-arms due to the fact that her incredibly talented nephew was robbed of a Tony Award Nomination for the eighth consecutive year, Robbins doesn’t understand why no casting director, agent, producer or resident of New York City can see what she sees in him. “If someone just gave him an opportunity—he could be bigger than Raul Esparza.”
Peterson, thanks to his aunt’s new iPhone4, is a pseudo-celebrity on the second-floor cardiac ward at MassGeneral for his performance as the Baker in Shrewsbury High School’s Into the Woods. After graduating with a degree in Theatre Studies from UMass Amherst’s Department of Theatre in 2011, Peterson moved to New York and has been hustling selling green energy to pay for classes at the Upright’s Citizens Brigade ever since. Though Peterson hasn’t performed in a musical since graduating, he did self-produce a cabaret in 2012 that his aunt set up a bus-trip out of Worcester to see.
“I haven’t given up on his dreams. He’s too talented,” Robbins’ told reporters. “I took him to his first Broadway show ever. Wicked.”
Robbins, however, will admit that her enthusiasm over musical theatre has faded after another year of her nephew getting cast in literally nothing, excluding him from being able to win his Tony Award. Her favorite album, Dear Even Hansen, has even sat unlistened to since the announcement of nominations went public on April 30th, announced by Bebe Neuwirth and Brandon Victor Dixon. “It makes me too sad. Ben Platt is fine, but that role was meant for Michael.”
Peterson was supposed to meet with reporters but texted at the last minute that he over-slept after a long-night watching watching Designing Women re-runs with his roommate.
*If interested in watching Peterson’s turn as Cain in Children of Eden, contact Ms. Robbins at email@example.com.
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