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Seen and Heard at the Tony Awards Nominee Reception

May 3, 2018 by TodayTix
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Being in a Broadway show is a dream for so many actors, and a Tony Award nomination is icing on top of the cake. However, Broadway actors so rarely get to see performers from other shows because they’re all on the same eight-show-a-week schedule. On Wednesday morning, all of the nominees had a chance to mix and mingle at the Intercontinental Hotel in Midtown Manhattan. It was a huge lovefest, as each nominee was given their pin and official certificate. Everyone wandered the halls, greeting each other with hugs and congratulations. We were on the scene to capture all of the excitement. Check out our candid coverage below.

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Tina Fey and Kenneth Lonergan. (Photographed by Jenny Anderson)

Tina Fey stays for the whole event. Since Wednesday is such a busy day on Broadway with matinee and evening shows, many big stars often step in for a photo or two and then head out. But first-time nominee Fey stayed for the whole time, happily taking selfies with people and relishing her first Tonys experience.

LaChanze and Lauren Ridloff (Photographed by Jenny Anderson)
Lauren Ridloff and Condola Rashad (Photographed by Jenny Anderson)
Lauren Ridloff (Photographed by Jenny Anderson)

Everyone wants to meet Lauren Ridloff. All the Tony nominees were excited to meet Ridloff, who is making her Broadway and professional stage debut in “Children of a Lesser God.”

Glenda Jackson, Joe Mantello, and Laurie Metcalf (Photographed by Jenny Anderson)

Two tall women and Joe Mantello! Tony nominees Glenda Jackson, director Mantello, and Laurie Metcalf celebrate their nominations for “Edward Albee’s Three Tall Women.”

Alexander Gemignani and Joshua Henry (Photographed by Jenny Anderson)
Alexander Gemignani and Nathan Lane (Photographed by Jenny Anderson)

Lindsay Mendez and Jessie Mueller sing when they see each other. The “Carousel” co-stars sing their greetings to the tune of “You’re a Queer One, Julie Jordan” from the show. “Carousel” received 11 nominations, including nods for Joshua Henry, Alexander Gemignani, and Renée Fleming.

Susan Brown and Denise Gough. (Photographed by Jenny Anderson)

Denise Gough started crying when she saw Susan Brown. The “Angels in America” co-stars are both first time nominees and are both nominated for Outstanding Performance by a Featured Actress in a Play.

Michael Cera and Ari’el Stachel. (Photographed by Jenny Anderson)

Ari’el Stachel wants a photo with everybody. “The Band’s Visit” star was cast in the show for the Off-Broadway production at Atlantic Theater Company right after college. He was thrilled to be meeting everyone, and he wanted to take a photo with as many people as possible.

John Leguizamo is the first to arrive. Leguizamo’s one-man show “Latin History for Morons” is nominated for Best Play, and the performer is also receiving a Special Tony Award for his work on the show.

Taylor Louderman, Grey Henson, and Ashley Park. (Photographed by Jenny Anderson)
Jeff Richmond, Nell Richmond, Jordan Roth, and Casey Nicholaw. (Photographed by Jenny Anderson)

12 for Gretchen Wieners! Mean Girls” tied for the most Tony Award nominations with 12 total nods.

Anthony Boyle, Noma Dumezweni, Denise Gough, and Jamie Parker. (Photographed by Jenny Anderson)
Denise Gough and Andrew Garfield (Photographed by Jenny Anderson)
Noma Dumezweni (Photographed by Jenny Anderson)

Let’s hear it for the Brits! There are many of West End stars nominated for Tonys this year, with the revival of “Angels in America” and “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” receiving 11 and 10 nods respectively.

David Cromer and David Yazbek. (Photographed by Jenny Anderson)
Tony Shaloub and David Cromer (Photographed by Jenny Anderson)
Tony Shalhoub, Katrina Lenk, and Ari’el Stachel. (Photographed by Jenny Anderson)

Welcome to somewhere! “The Band’s Visit” earned 11 Tony Award nominations, and the cast and creative team are excited to celebrate.

Lauren Ambrose and Harry Hadden-Paton. (Photographed by Jenny Anderson)

Aren’t they loverly? The “My Fair Lady” stars are thrilled to be here together to celebrate the show’s 10 nominations.

Ethan Slater and Tina Landau. (Photographed by Jenny Anderson)

“SpongeBob SquarePants”! Broadway’s resident sponge Ethan Slater and director Tina Landau are happy to share in the excitement.

Hailey Kilgore, LaChanze, and Michael Arden (Photographed by Jenny Anderson)

Two Ti Mounes! Hailey Kilgore, who stars in the revival of “Once On This Island,” greets original Ti Moune, LaChanze, as “Once on This Island” director Michael Arden looks on.

Michael Cera and Brian Tyree Henry (Photographed by Jenny Anderson)

Lobby Heroes! Co-stars Michael Cera and Brian Tyree Henry are both first-time nominees for Kenneth Lonergan’s “Lobby Hero.”

Katrina Lenk and Ariana DeBose (Photographed by Jenny Anderson)

Leading ladies! “The Band’s Visit” star Katrina Lenk and Ariana DeBose, star of “Summer: The Donna Summer Musical” share a moment.

Denzel Washington (Photographed by Jenny Anderson)

All smiles! Denzel Washington is thrilled to celebrate his second Tony nomination for “Eugene O’Neill’s The Iceman Cometh.” He won in 2010 for “Fences.”