Having done theater this long, I wasn't planning to wake up and watch the nominations. So I was awoken in bed with the news, which is the best way to hear it. And since about 15 minutes after that, I've been hearing from people I love and people I haven't heard from in years. It's been a blast. I've done a lot of shows and I wasn't sure if the role would make a strong enough impression this field of actors, especially with some of the great comedic performances of the season. I am grateful to my co-star Tracie Bennett. I think all of us in the company stand in awe of Tracie; she has the greatest level of commitment and consistency of anyone I have ever worked with, and she has helped make this one of the best experiences I've ever had in theater. Because I grew up overseas, I didn't have the same emotional experience of growing up with Judy Garland; so I thought I should study her. But once I started working on this show, I realized I didn't need to. I just had to respond to Tracie every night."
Joe DiPietro (Nice Work If You Can Get It, Best Book of a Musical)
"It's been a fun morning. Getting a Tony nomination, even after winning a Tony Award, still brings out the starry-eyed kid in me. This show is personal to me in a different way than Memphis, because I really love comedy and I love those old musicals of the 1920s. I wanted Nice Work to be my take on those shows -- a great screwball comic musical done in a modern way. All the characters in our show eventually find joy, and I wanted convey that to an audience. And it's been a thrill to hear them laugh every night."
Rick Elice (Peter and the Starcatcher, Best Play)
"This is great, I remember the day when Roger Rees and Alex Timbers asked me to write scenes for the first workshop of the show, then being asked to write the play itself and thinking how I might do that, and then doing out in LaJolla. Then we came to New York Theatre Workshop and thought it was so great that we got to do it in New York and I did not have to fly anywhere to see it. And then we talked about Broadway, but it seemed there was high improbability of everything coming together -- finding the right theater and having all our actors available -- and then I remember walking in and seeing the set on stage and thinking it looks pretty good. And then I remember our amazing opening night. And now this. This is good, I recommend it."
David Alan Grier (The Gershwins' Porgy & Bess, Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical)
"I was emceeing the NCTF Gala last night and I joked that it might be the only award ceremony I would be at this season. You never know. So this morning I had everything turned off, was listening to NPR and relaxing, and then around 8:30, I turned the phone on -- and all hell broke loose. The most overwhelming thing to me is that we got 10 total nominations. That just blew me away. We fought so hard during our run in Cambridge to make it to Broadway so people could judge for themselves what we were doing after so much controversy. There were definitely times, I didn't know if we would make it to New York. But we made it and now I get to do this great show every night, and to watch my fellow nominees Audra McDonald, Norm Lewis, and Philip Boykin, and I am so happy. I emailed our director, Diane Paulus, and told her that I feel her hand on my shoulder and her voice in my ear every time I go on stage, especially if I feel any doubt about what I'm doing."
Jayne Houdyshell (Follies, Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical)
"I'm very pleased, and a little bit in shock. I'm in L.A. and we start tech today, so I was sound asleep when the nominations were announced. I woke up around 7:30, checked my email, and when I saw there was quite a bit more than usual, that was the tipoff. I was thrilled to get the role of Hattie, but also a little daunted. There have been so many iconic interpretations of her number, "Broadway Baby," and that was a little intimidating. But once I started seriously thinking about it, and the context of the number within Follies, I found my own way into it. And it's been a pure joy to do ever since. And I love being Hattie, because she's the sort of woman who isn't represented on the musical stage all that often."
David Ives (Venus In Fur, Best Play)
"I'm delighted, thrilled, and all the words in the thesaurus that mean that. It was great fun to write, to collaborate with our director, Walter Bobbie, and to rehearse with Nina Arianda, Wes Bentley, and then Hugh Dancy. I think the play has shown itself to be amazingly solid in its transformation from Classic Stage to Manhattan Theatre Club to the Lyceum. It's certainly gotten richer along the way, and even a little shorter thanks to my pen."
Jeremy Jordan (Newsies, Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical)
"I've never had my name called as a Tony nominee before. I was watching on a computer, and it was pretty incredible. I'm so thrilled that as far as Newsies, we got so much of what we hoped for, and that there were also a couple for Bonnie & Clyde. I'm so happy for Laura Osnes and Frank Wildhorn. It's really been a great morning."
Michael Kahn (Shakespeare Theatre Company, Regional Theatre Award recipient)
"I am so honored to have the work of the Shakespeare Theatre Company recognized in this way.This is a very touching tribute to have the work of all of the artists and staff who have been a part of our 25-year history acknowledged. We are so thankful to our Board of Trustees, supporters and patrons who have helped shape us into the artistic institution that we have become."
Spencer Kayden (Don't Dress For Dinner, Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play)
"It's delightful! Who doesn't want to be nominated for a Tony Award? I didn't think I would care, but I do. When we did the show in Chicago, I knew they were hoping to bring it to New York. And then I forgot about the show for about three years until I got this random call from the Roundabout, which just proves that in this business there's no telling what's going to happen. It's such an honor and whatever happens on June 10 doesn't matter; it's just fun to be among the other great ladies in this category."