Kate Burton, who received two Tony nominations this season for her work in The Elephant Man and the now-closed Hedda Gabler, when asked how she learned about her double Tony nomination, explained, "I found out on TV. I was hoping against hope about Hedda, and I really didn't know what was going to happen with Elephant Man, so I almost had a heart attack on the spot! When I heard the first one," she continued, "I was so thrilled. When I heard the second one, my little daughter, who's four, just kept turning to me and saying, 'Kate Burton,' and twice she turned to me."
Burton's husband, Michael Ritchie, also has reason to celebrate. The Williamstown Theatre Festival, for which he is the Artistic Director, will also receive a Tony for Regional Theatre. Burton's production of Hedda Gabler, which premiered at Sag Harbor's Bay Street Theatre, also played Williamstown prior to its Broadway engagement. "I've done about 13 years at Williamstown," Burton said. "I've been in every season that my husband has been the artistic director over the past six years, so it's been really great."
About her current play, The Elephant Man, Burton is equally euphoric. "It's been fantastic. It's just a beautiful, wonderful play and an incredible production. And Billy [Crudup] and Rupert [Graves] are my heroes. I love them both so much, and I love the whole cast. It's a real labor of love, more love than labor."
The former star of Jake's Women also confessed that she plans to take a year off from theatre after Elephant Man ends its run to concentrate on TV and film work. "I have a movie coming out called 'Swim Fan,' which is kind of a teenage 'Fatal Attraction,' where I play the mom of the leading boy, and I'm in 'Unfaithful,' which just opened. I have a nice part in that. So, I'm really going to focus on film and TV for about a year."
Burton will attend the Tony Awards with her husband, her mother and her son. "I'm just so happy [to be nominated] with these wonderful women. Whatever happens is fine with me."