Rob Ashford (Evita, Best Choreography)
"It's still nerve-racking and exciting to be a possible Tony nominee, and I am glad it still is. As for Evita, I'm particularly proud of this work, because it is always a challenge to find dance where it might not be expected in a show. Of course, now when you mention Argentina, the first thing you think of is dance. But, to be fair, when they first did this show over 30 years ago Argentina was quite mysterious, which is why there wasn't as much choreography in the original production."
Jon Robin Baitz (Other Desert Cities, Best Play)
"My dog is especially excited for me; he brought me his striped fox, which is this rare occurrence. I feel like I've done everything right with this show, which is an unfamiliar but pleasant feeling. And I think the whole group of nominees represents a vitality and ambition in the American theater. It's hard for me to be totally over the moon, though, because I wouldn't be here if not for our director Joe Mantello, who was not nominated. His work is so extraordinary."
John Lee Beatty (Other Desert Cities, Best Scenic Design of a Play)
"I am currently in rehearsals for Gentlemen Prefer Blonds at Encores! and was arranging jewelry cases when I heard the news. We started Other Desert Cities last year Off-Broadway, and all knew instantly that we had something special. Thanks to Lincoln Center Theater, Jon Robin Baitz and Joe Mantello for including me in such an amazing team of artists."
Christian Borle (Peter and the Starcatcher, Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play)
"I am so excited; who doesn't hope for a Tony Award nomination! I was so happy to hear Celia Keenan Bolger's name, and with each Starcatcher name, I got more and more elated. We've been doing this show for a few years now, and this is a beautiful culmination of all this work. It's been such an extraordinary collaboration with Rick Elice, Roger Rees, and Alex Timbers, who have allowed me to wring every moment out of this ridiculous part. They have been so generous to me and the cast has been very patient to me as well, and I am so grateful. And yes, it was so cool to have Smash air last night, and have this happen this morning; it's great to be the belle of the ball."
Phillip Boykin (The Gershwins' Porgy & Bess, Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical)
"I woke up around 6am and I couldn't go back to sleep -- all these thoughts about the possibility of being nominated were spinning around in my head. At 8:30, I was watching CBS, but they only listed four categories -- not mine -- and I thought if I had been nominated, someone would have texted or called, so I figured I hadn't. But then I found the video of the nominations on the computer, and then I heard my name and my picture came up, and then my body started shaking. It's so surreal. And the funny thing is I turned down Porgy & Bess four times. When they were doing the workshop I was working on Séance on a Wet Afternoon at New York City Opera. It was my first time in New York and I felt I couldn't do both and do my best on both. But the fourth time they called about Porgy and Bess, I finally said yes. Can you believe I almost missed getting a Tony nomination?"
Danny Burstein (Follies, Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical)
"It's my third time as a Tony nominee. And it just gets better and sweeter every single time. I actually missed the webcast, but as soon as I went to the Tony Awards website, I whooped for my pals Norm Lewis and Ron Raines. I am really excited to be with all the other guys in this category. Of course, it's tough that Bernadette Peters and Elaine Page are not there."
Michael Cerveris (Evita, Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical)
"I was on my way this morning to the studio to record the cast album and I got the phone call. And being with everyone in our company was the best way to celebrate. This nomination, for me, feels especially exciting, because it feels like the recognition of all the work we've done to reinvent the character of Juan Peron -- a character that been beautifully portrayed before by such people as Bob Gunton and Jonathan Pryce. When I first looked at the script, I found he doesn't say and sing as much as I expected. But I don't feel unsatisfied at the end of the performance at all. Michael Grandage, our director, has given him a weight and a stature so that he's a presence on stage, at least in this production, even when he's not speaking. And I liked that challenge. Acting is not just about when you're talking; it's about ways of using silences. I also have to say working with Elena Roger has been inspirational; whatever I've been able to accomplish is largely due to playing opposite her."
Stockard Channing (Other Desert Cities, Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play)
"It's still nerve-wracking, exciting -- it still feels like high school. Judith Light and I were just asking ourselves why we put ourselves through this, but I guess we're just hardwired that way. But this nomination feels particularly gratifying. It not only took a long time to get to Broadway, but it's been sort of a long haul since we opened on Broadway, and we try to keep it fresh. I think Stacy Keach and I have created this extraordinary reality of marriage and I can't say enough about him. As for playing Polly, from the beginning, our director Joe Mantello told me not to soft-pedal her. The script says she's smart, witty, and forthright and that's true. I wouldn't say some of the things she says, but I know what she's thinking all the time. And her toughness makes her who she is -- all of which makes her a great character to play every night."
James Corden (One Man, Two Guvnors, Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play)
"I'm absolutely thrilled to be nominated for a Tony Award and to see my name on a list with these four American acting legends is overwhelming."