The Broadway community is a tight-knit one—at least that’s what performers have told Playbill in interviews time and time again.
When the Tony Award nominations were announced for the 2016-2017 season, we decided to test that theory and determine how intertwined some of this year’s nominees are.
Starting with Corey Hawkins, Tony-nominated for his leading performance in—what else?—Six Degrees of Separation, we connected the dots between Tony-nominated performers based on the shows they’ve worked on together to prove yes, there are truly only six degrees tying together Broadway’s greatest talents.
Houdyshell, nominated for A Doll’s House, Part 2, appeared in the 2011 revival of Follies as Hattie Walker alongside Mary Beth Peil’s Solange LaFitte.
Hello, Dolly! Tony nominee Creel—while not having worked professionally with Andrew Rannells is even closer than that: the two shared a wall when they were living in tiny (and adjacent) midtown Manhattan apartments during the early stages of their careers.*
Block shared the stage twice with Andy Karl—when she played Judy and he played Joe in 9 to 5, and again when she played Edwin Drood/Alice Nutting and Karl played Neville Landless/Victor Grinstead in The Mystery in Edwin Drood.
Karl, nominated for Groundhog Day, was the infamous UPS guy in Legally Blonde The Musical alongside Christian Borle’s Emmett Forrest.
And, coming full circle, Rashad played Juliet in Romeo + Juliet with Hawkins.
*Fun Fact: Creel and Rannells also share a history with the role of Elder Price in the smash hit The Book of Mormon. Rannells earned his first Tony nomination for creating the role on Broadway, and Creel took home the Olivier Award for playing the role in the original London production.
For more information, visit TonyAwards.com.