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Go Backstage With the Tony Award Winners

June 11, 2018 by TodayTix
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After their acceptance speeches were over, the 2018 Tony Award winners walked across the street to the press room, where they greeted members of the national media to post with their statues and talk about what the night means to them. We were there capturing the freshly minted Tony winners. Check out our coverage below!

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Lindsay Mendez (Photographed by Jenny Anderson)

“Just because you’re a minority doesn’t mean you’re only meant to play roles that are a minority. I thought I would grow up being in ‘Evita’ and ‘West Side Story.’ Don’t put yourself in a box. Open yourself up to different possibilities and somebody’s going to say yes to you.” – Lindsay Mendez, Best Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical, “Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel”

Justin Peck (Photographed by Jenny Anderson)

“I would like to focus on creating something new with a strong dance basis to it. I think that there needs to be more of that in theatre, and I’d like to try.” – Justin Peck, Best Choreography, “Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel”

Andrew Garfield (Photographed by Jenny Anderson)

“We happen to be in a political time where the LGBTQ  community are having to fight for their rights in a more intense way than in the past 25 years since the AIDS crisis ended. So it just felt like the only thing to do. This play is for anyone who’s felt like they don’t belong—who’s felt ostracized by their culture or who have been told by religion or by society that somehow they were created wrong. This is a play for those people.” – Andrew Garfield, Best Actor in a Leading Role in a Play, “Angels in America”

Itamar Moses (Photographed by Jenny Anderson)

“”[This experience] hasn’t taught me how to manufacture something for Broadway. It’s just taught me to let every piece be what it wants to be and leave it up to the fates. It doesn’t escape [me] how lucky we’ve been.” – Itamar Moses, Best Book, “The Band’s Visit”

Laurie Metcalf (Photographed by Jenny Anderson)
Andrew Lloyd Webber (Photographed by Jenny Anderson)
Colin Callender, John Tiffany, Sonia Friedman, and Jack Thorne. (Photographed by Jenny Anderson)
John Tiffany and Jack Thorne (Photographed by Jenny Anderson)

“If this had failed, we would have ruined the memories of a whole generation. We didn’t [initially] realize the responsibility we had to the fans. It was too big to know how high we could have fallen. For now, this eighth story means everything.” – Sonia Friedman, Best Play, “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts 1 and 2”

David Zinn (Photographed by Jenny Anderson)
Jordan Roth, Tim Levy, Tony Kushner, and Marianne Elliott (Photographed by Jenny Anderson)

“I’m working on a play—there’s no Trump-like character. I think the worst thing you can do is not give him any time onstage. I have an idea, and then it morphed into another idea. I’m very slow. There’s no possibility with keeping up with this news cycle.” – Tony Kushner, Best Revival of a Play, “Angels in America”

 

Ari’el Stachel (Photographed by Jenny Anderson)

“I never thought I’d be here as a kid. The gap between myself and a fear of what it might feel like to play a Middle Eastern role was too big. I was afraid of that. I learned today that was not the case. You have to have skin in the game.” – Ari’el Satchel, Best Featured Actor in a Musical, “The Band’s Visit”

Katrina Lenk (Photographed by Jenny Anderson)
David Yazbek (Photographed by Jenny Anderson)
Tony Shalhoub (Photographed by Jenny Anderson)

“Musicals were never my forte — never in my wheelhouse. I was that kid in grammar school whenever there was choral singing…I just mouthed the words. I come from a large family, and many of them have beautiful singing voices, and I was not one of them. So I had to be coerced into being courageous enough to attempt this and risk failing.” – Tony Shalhoub, Best Leading Actor in a Musical, “The Band’s Visit”