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Our Interviews with This Year's Tony Nominees

Thursday, June 05, 2014

The nominations for the 2014 Tony Awards were announced on April 29. Here are our interviews with the nominees, including Idina Menzel, Stephen Fry, and Audra McDonald.

"A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder" received 10 nominations, including Best Musical, Best Score, Best Book. Leonard spoke to Jefferson Mays, who is nominated for Lead Actor in a Play for playing 8 different roles. 

Neil Patrick Harris and director Michael Mayer spoke to Leonard about “Hedwig and the Angry Inch.” They are both nominated for their work on the musical, which received 8 nominations, including Best Revival of a Musical. 

Audra McDonald discussed her Tony-nominated portrayal of Billie Holiday in "Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill," which was also nominated for Best Sound Design.  

"Mothers and Sons" was nominated for Best Play. Guest host Sarah Jessica Parker spoke to playwright Terrence McNally, actor Frederick Weller, and Tyne Daly, who’s nominated for Lead Actress in a Play.

The revival of "A Raisin in the Sun" received 5 nominations. Leonard spoke to nominated actors Sophie Okonedo and Anika Noni Rose. 

The revival of "The Glass Menagerie" received 7 nominations, including Best Revival of a Play. Cherry Jones, Brian J. Smith and Celia Keenan-Bolger joined Leonard to talk about the production – and all were nominated for their work. 

"Twelfth Night" received 7 nominations. Stephen Fry, Paul Chahidi, and Mark Rylance were all nominated for Best Featured Actor in a Play. They talked to Leonard about the production, which was presented in repertory with Richard III. Rylance received another nomination for his work in that play. 

Debra Messing and Brian F. O’Byrne joined us to talk about starring in "Outside Mullingar" was nominated for Best Play. 

Aladdin” received 5 nominations, including Best Musical. Leonard spoke to James Monroe Iglehart, who was nominated for his role as Genie.

"Beautiful – The Carole King Story" was nominated for 7 Tonys, including Best Musical. Guest host Sarah Jessica Parker spoke to Jessie Mueller who was nominated for playing the singer-songwriter and Doug McGrath who was nominated for Best Book. 

Guest host Anna Sale talked to Idina Menzel, who was nominated for her work in "If/Then," which was also nominated for Best Score. 

Tony Shaloub and Santino Fontana spoke to Leonard about playing the same role -- theater director and playwright Moss Hart in “Act One.” Shaloub was nominated for best actor. “Act One” received five nominations, including Best Play. 

Sutton Foster was nominated for her leading role in “Violet,” which was also nominated for Best Revival and Best Direction of a Musical.

 

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