Smuggler Tops Tony Awards with Eight Honors for 'Once'

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"Once," the Broadway musical co-produced by Smuggler co-founders/executive producers Brian Carmody and Patrick Milling Smith, topped the winners' list of last night's 2012 Tony Awards, nabbing eight prizes, including the top honor Best Musical, as well as nods for Best Director (John Tiffany), Best Book (Enda Walsh) and Lead Actor in a Musical (Steve Kazee). Other awards were for Best Orchestration, Best Sound Design, Best Lighting Design and Best Scenic Design.

Accepting Award for Best Musical from left: Smuggler's Brian Carmody (producer), Robert Cole (general manager), Fred Zollo (producer), Smuggler's Patrick Milling Smith (producer), Barbara Broccoli (producer), Phil Smith (schubert theatre organization)
Accepting Award for Best Musical from left: Smuggler's Brian Carmody (producer), Robert Cole (general manager), Fred Zollo (producer), Smuggler's Patrick Milling Smith (producer), Barbara Broccoli (producer), Phil Smith (schubert theatre organization)

The Broadway adaptation of the indie film tells the unrequited love story between two aspiring Irish musicians and was expected to have a big presence at last night's fete, having earned 11 Tony nominations—the most of any other production this year.

"It's very humbling and incredibly exciting," says Milling Smith. "We could not ask for a better way to get more people to know about it. The experience has just taught us to continue dreaming big and keep trusting in good writing and class talent."

As for Smuggler's future Broadway aspirations, "We will just wait and see," says Milling Smith. "We'd love to do more, but only if the fundamentals are so strong again."

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