In preparation for this Sunday's Tonys, we've been taking a look back at all of the awards hopefuls we had the opportunity to chat with in the last few months. From Hedwig and the Angry Inch star and creator John Cameron Mitchell, who had no idea at the time that he'd be selected for a special award, to The Visit's Chita Rivera, who reflected on Tony seasons past, TheaterMania is proud to present — in no particular order — our Top 15 Talks with Tony Nominees.


1. Chita Rivera: From Tomboy to Ballerina to Broadway Legend

Chita Rivera is a Best Actress in a Musial nominee for The Visit.

Michelle Veintimilla and Chita Rivera share a dance in The Visit.
Michelle Veintimilla and Chita Rivera share a dance in The Visit.
(© David Gordon)


2. Sting Responds to the The Last Ship 's SOS Call

Sting is a nominee for Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre for The Last Ship.

Collin Kelly-Sordelet as Tom Dawson with Sting as Jackie White in The Last Ship.
(© Matthew Murphy)


3. 8 Questions With Elisabeth Moss: Heroine-ism Through the Lens of Heidi Holland and Peggy Olson

Elisabeth Moss is a Best Actress in a Play nominee for The Heidi Chronicles.

Elisabeth Moss as Heidi Holland and Peggy Olson.
(© Joan Marcus; Mad Men)


4. Kelli O'Hara and Bartlett Sher: A Passeggiata Down the Path of a Broadway Partnership

Kelli O'Hara and Bartlett Sher are nominated for Best Actress in a Musical and Best Direction of a Musical for The King and I.

Kelli O'Hara as The King and I''s Anna Leonowens with her director and longtime collaborator Bartlett Sher.
Kelli O'Hara as The King and I's Anna Leonowens with her director and longtime collaborator Bartlett Sher.
(© Paul Kolnik)


5. With Fun Home, Michael Cerveris Becomes a Broadway Dad, While Remembering His Own

Michael Cerveris is a Best Actor in a Musical nominee for Fun Home.

Judy Kuhn, Oscar Williams, Zell Steele Morrow, Sydney Lucas, and Michael Cerveris as the Bechdel family in Fun Home.
Judy Kuhn, Oscar Williams, Zell Steele Morrow, Sydney Lucas, and Michael Cerveris as the Bechdel family in Fun Home.
(© Joan Marcus)


6. John Cameron Mitchell Wants to "F**k Up Broadway" in Hedwig and the Angry Inch

John Cameron Mitchell is the recipient of a 2015 Special Tony Award.

Left: John Cameron Mitchell in the original 1998 production of Hedwig and the Angry Inch; right: John Cameron Mitchell as Hedwig on Broadway in 2015.
Left: John Cameron Mitchell in the original 1998 production of Hedwig and the Angry Inch; right: John Cameron Mitchell as Hedwig on Broadway in 2015.
(© Carol Rosegg; Joan Marcus)


7. Are Four Tony Nominations and a New Album "Good Enough" for Fun Home Mom Judy Kuhn?

Judy Kuhn is a Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical for Fun Home.

Tony nominee Judy Kuhn as Helen in Broadway's Fun Home.
Tony nominee Judy Kuhn as Helen in Broadway's Fun Home.
(© Joan Marcus)


8. Out of the Ring and On the Twentieth Century: Andy Karl on His Latest Broadway Role

Andy Karl is a Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical for On the Twentieth Century.

Andy Karl plays Bruce Granit in the Broadway revival of On the Twentieth Century.
Andy Karl plays Bruce Granit in the Broadway revival of On the Twentieth Century.
(© Matt Hoyle)


9. Nathaniel Parker, Wolf Hall 's King Henry VIII, on Awards, Arrogance, and Family

Nathanial Parker is a Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play for Wolf Hall: Parts 1 & 2.

Nathaniel Parker as King Henry VIII in Wolf Hall.
Nathaniel Parker as King Henry VIII in Wolf Hall.
(© Keith Pattinson)


10. Hand to God 's Geneva Carr Chose the Road Not Taken and Wound Up at the Tony Awards

Geneva Carr is a Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play for Hand to God.

Hand to God Tony nominee Geneva Carr in New York City's Bryant Park.
(© David Gordon)


11. An American in Paris Stars Robert Fairchild and Leanne Cope Glide Through Award Season

Robert Fairchild and Leanne Cope are nominated for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical and Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical for An American in Paris.

Leanne Cope and Robert Fairchild strike a pose at the American in Paris opening night party.
Leanne Cope and Robert Fairchild strike a pose at the American in Paris opening night party.
(© David Gordon)


12. Dancing Through a Dream: On the Town 's Joshua Bergasse, Tony Yazbeck, and Megan Fairchild Bring a Ballet to Life

Joshua Bergasse and Tony Yazbeck are nominated for Best Choreography and Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical for On the Town.

Megan Fairchild as Ivy and Tony Yazbeck as Gabey dance the second-act dream ballet of On the Town at the Lyric Theatre.
Megan Fairchild as Ivy and Tony Yazbeck as Gabey dance the second-act dream ballet of On the Town at the Lyric Theatre.
(© Joan Marcus)


13. Something Rotten!'s Creatives Talk Their Broadway Crash Course and the Art of Letting Go

Wayne Kirkpatrick and Karey Kirkpatrick are nominated for Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre and Karey Kirkpatrick and John O'Farrell are nominated for Best Book of a Musical for Something Rotten!

Tony nominees Brian d'Arcy James and Christian Borle in Something Rotten!
(© Joan Marcus)


14. Broadway's Busiest Director: Scott Ellis on Working With James Earl Jones, Bradley Cooper, and Kristin Chenoweth

Scott Ellis is a nominee for Best Direction of a Play for You Can't Take it With You.

Kristin Chenoweth leads the cast of Broadway's On the Twentieth Century.
(© Joan Marcus)


15. Craig Lucas on An American in Paris, New York Audiences, and Why Book Writers Get No Respect

Craig Lucas is a nominee for Best Book of a Musical for An American in Paris.

The new stage adaptation of An American in Paris takes place in 1945, immediately following the allied liberation of France.
The new stage adaptation of An American in Paris takes place in 1945, immediately following the allied liberation of France.
(© Angela Sterling)