The 2019 Tony Awards are quickly approaching. Before the CBS ceremony hosted by James Corden on June 9, make sure to catch up with all of our interviews with this year’s nominees. Follow the links below to watch our exclusive interviews with these Tony nominated creators.
Chad Beguelin & Matthew Sklar (“The Prom” songwriting team): Lyricist Chad Beguelin and composer Matthew Sklar picked up their second Tony nomination for Best Score for “The Prom.” The duo previously competed in the same category in 2006 for “The Wedding Singer” and also contributed the score for the Broadway adaptation of “Elf.” Beguelin has an additional Tony nomination this year as the book writer for “The Prom” (shared with Bob Martin) and was previously nominated in the Book of a Musical category for “Aladdin” and “The Wedding Singer.” (Click here to watch the full interview)
Warren Carlyle (“Kiss Me, Kate” choreographer): Carlyle picked up his third Tony nomination for Roundabout Theatre Company’s revival of “Kiss Me, Kate.” His two previous bids come from directing and choreographing “After Midnight” (he won the Best Choreography prize). His work in “Kate,” including the showstopping tour de force “Too Darn Hot,” has already won the Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Choreography. (Click here to watch the full interview)
Scott Ellis (“Tootsie” director): Ellis is one of the busiest directors on Broadway. He directed two huge musicals this season, “Kiss Me, Kate” and “Tootsie.” He picked up a Best Director of a Musical nomination for the latter. His bid for “Tootsie” marks his ninth Tony nomination, previously competing for “She Loves Me” (1994), “Steel Pier,” “1776,” “Twelve Angry Men,” “Curtains,” “The Mystery of Edwin Drood,” “You Can’t Take it With You,” and “She Loves Me” (2016). (Click here to watch the full interview)
Des McAnuff (“Ain’t Too Proud” director): McAnuff helmed the smash hit “Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of the Temptations.” He picked up his fifth Tony nomination for the biographical musical. He is no stranger to this genre, with his most recent directing nomination coming from the Frankie Valli tuner “Jersey Boys.” He was also nominated for directing “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying” (1995) and for Book of a Musical for “The Who’s Tommy.” McAnuff has won the Tony twice for directing “Big River” and “The Who’s Tommy.” (Click here to watch the full interview)
David Neumann (“Hadestown” choreographer): Neumann snagged his first ever Tony nomination for his Broadway debut with “Hadestown.” Neumann is a choreographer from the downtown dance scene, having worked with the likes of Doug Varone, Willi Ninja, and is a founding member of Doug Elkins Dance Company. His seamless storytelling via constant movement in “Hadestown” has already won Neumann a Chita Rivera Award for Outstanding Choreography. (Click here to watch the full interview)
Casey Nicholaw (“The Prom” director): Nicholaw earned his astounding eleventh Tony nomination for his buoyant direction of “The Prom.” He won the Best Director of a Musical Tony for “The Book or Mormon.” Nicholaw was also nominated for “Spamalot” (Choreography), “The Drowsy Chaperone” (Director and Choreography), “The Book of Mormon” (Choreography), “Aladdin” (Choreography), “Something Rotten! (“Director and Choreography), and “Mean Girls” (Director and Choreography). (Click here to watch the full interview)
Sergio Trujillo (“Ain’t Too Proud” choreographer): Trujillo picked up his second Tony nomination for giving The Temptations some ultra smooth moves in “Ain’t Too Proud.” His previous Best Choreography bid was for his conga inspired dances in “On Your Feet!” Trujillo previously choreographed Best Musical winners “Memphis” and “Jersey Boys,” and was nominated for the Drama Desk Award in both instances. (Click here to watch the full interview)
Be sure to make your Tony predictions today so that Broadway insiders can see how their shows and performers are faring in our odds. You can keep changing your predictions as often as you like until just before winners are announced on June 9. And join in the fun debate over the 2019 Tonys taking place right now in our theater forums. Read more Gold Derby entertainment news.