The 2019 Tony Awards are almost upon us. Before you watch the CBS ceremony hosted by James Corden on June 9, make sure to check out these 11 conversations with Tony nominees. Follow the links below to watch all of our exclusive interviews with these nominated performers.
Derrick Baskin (“Ain’t Too Proud”): Baskin portrays Otis Williams, the founder of The Temptations, in “Ain’t Too Proud.” It’s a role so large that he never leaves the stage. His previous Broadway credits include “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” “The Little Mermaid,” and “Memphis.” This is Baskin’s first Tony nomination. (Click here to watch the full interview)
Stephanie J. Block (“The Cher Show”): Block transforms herself like never before to emobdy the pop icon Cher. This marks Block’s third Tony nomination, after previously competing for “The Mystery of Edwin Drood” and “Falsettos.” Her work in “The Cher Show” has already picked up an Outer Critics Circle Award. (Click here to watch the full interview)
Alex Brightman (“Beetlejuice”): Brightman shakes memories of Michael Keaton aside as he puts his own stamp on the titular demon in “Beetlejuice.” His hysterically demented “ghost with the most” netted him a second Tony nomination for Lead Actor in a Musical. He was previously recognized in that category for “School of Rock.” (Click here to watch the full interview)
Lilli Cooper (“Tootsie”): Cooper is nominated for Featured Actress in a Musical for turning Julie Nichols into a fully realized and complex role. By the show’s end, Julie is arguably more of a protagonist that Santino Fontana’s cross-dressing Michael Dorsey. This is Cooper’s first Tony nomination. She recently played Sandy Cheeks in “SpongeBob SquarePants” on Broadway. (Click here to watch the full interview)
Jeff Daniels (“To Kill a Mockingbird”): Daniels takes on the iconic role of Atticus Finch in Aaron Sorkin’s new treatment of “To Kill a Mockingbird.” He calls this part “the role of a lifetime.” He received his third Tony nomination for Lead Actor in a Play, after previous nominations for “God of Carnage” and “Blackbird.” (Click here to watch the full interview)
Gideon Glick (“To Kill a Mockingbird”): Glick received his first Tony nomination for “To Kill a Mockingbird,” in the Featured Actor in a Play category. His previous Broadway credits include “Spring Awakening” and “Significant Other.” His performance in the latter earned him a Drama League nomination for Distinguished Performance. (Click here to watch the full interview)
Caitlin Kinnunen (“The Prom”): Kinnunen portrays Emma in “The Prom.” Emma receives dubious help from a quartet of vain Broadway actors after she is barred from taking her girlfriend to prom. Kinnunen received her first Tony nomination for this breakout role. Kinnunen has previously been featured in “Spring Awakening” and “The Bridges of Madison County.” (Click here to watch the full interview)
Beth Leavel (“The Prom”): Leavel is nominated in the Lead Actress in a Musical category alongside Kinnunen, her co-star in “The Prom.” Leavel plays narcissistic Broadway diva Dee Dee Allen and belts out a hilarious eleven o’clock number. She was nominated in this category for “Baby It’s You!” and won a Tony for her featured role in “The Drowsy Chaperone.” (Click here to watch the full interview)
Patrick Page (“Hadestown”): With his fifteenth Broadway production, Page finally earned a Tony nomination for his featured role in “Hadestown.” The actor plays Hades, the bass voiced overlord of the titular underworld. Other Broadway credits include “Beauty and the Beast,” “Casa Valentina,” and “Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark.” His villainous performance as Green Goblin in “Spider-Man” netted him a Drama Desk nomination. (Click here to watch the full interview)
Ephraim Sykes (“Ain’t Too Proud”): Sykes is a first time Tony nominee for his featured performance as showboating David Ruffin in “Ain’t Too Proud.” His slick moves in this Temptations musical just won him a Chita Rivera Award for Outstanding Male Dancer. He was previously featured in “Hamilton” and “Memphis” on Broadway, and played Seaweed in NBC’s “Hairspray Live!” (Click here to watch the full interview)
Brandon Uranowitz (“Burn This”): Uranowitz nabbed his third Tony nomination for his funny and moving performance in Lanford Wilson’s “Burn This.” His earned previous bids thanks to roles in “Falsettos” and “An American in Paris.” This is Uranowitz’s second Broadway outing this season, having stepped into Best Musical winner “The Band’s Visit” for the end of its run. (Click here to watch the full interview)
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