Colorado native wins Tony for starring role in ‘Matilda’

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NEW YORK -- New York celebrated Broadway's best and brightest Sunday night at the annual Tony Awards, and a Colorado native was among the honorees.

The young man's name is Gabriel Ebert, and he's the pride of Lakewood after receiving the Tony for best actor in a featured role in a musical. He's starring in “Matilda,” and like any good son, he thanked his parents, including his father, Barry, who is a reverend at Mile High Church.

“I hope that I have and will continue to make you proud," the lanky performer said on stage, jesting that the Tony committee "got everything right but the height of this microphone" as he bent down to address a mic stand that was far too short for him.

Gabe was in the Colorado Children's Chorale for seven years and went to the Denver School of the Arts before stopping at Julliard on his way to Broadway.

He was bursting with enthusiasm during every moment of his acceptance speech.

“To be in this category with these paragons of men, I’m so honored and grateful and slightly freaked out,” Ebert said. “This is incredible. Thank you so much. Let’s continue to make great plays.”

You can watch Ebert's speech in its entirety in the video above.