Seen and Heard at the Tony Awards Nominee Reception
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.
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.
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.”
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.”
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.
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.
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.
12 for Gretchen Wieners! Mean Girls” tied for the most Tony Award nominations with 12 total nods.
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.
Welcome to somewhere! “The Band’s Visit” earned 11 Tony Award nominations, and the cast and creative team are excited to celebrate.
Aren’t they loverly? The “My Fair Lady” stars are thrilled to be here together to celebrate the show’s 10 nominations.
“SpongeBob SquarePants”! Broadway’s resident sponge Ethan Slater and director Tina Landau are happy to share in the excitement.
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.
Lobby Heroes! Co-stars Michael Cera and Brian Tyree Henry are both first-time nominees for Kenneth Lonergan’s “Lobby Hero.”
Leading ladies! “The Band’s Visit” star Katrina Lenk and Ariana DeBose, star of “Summer: The Donna Summer Musical” share a moment.
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.”