Tidbits From the Red Carpet: Dream Roles, Upcoming Projects, Advice from Mom and More!

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08 Jun 2014

Jason Robert Brown
Jason Robert Brown
Photo by Monica Simoes

Playbill staff writer Michael Gioia was on the red carpet at the 68th Annual Tony Awards. Here are tidbits from the carpet, with Tony winner Jason Robert Brown, Aladdin’s Courtney Reed, Cabaret’s Danny Burstein and more.


Jason Robert Brown and Georgia Stitt

JRB: The most exciting thing about tonight is that my mom is here, and she was at the last Tony Awards that I won [at] in 1999. To me, it's always really cool that I can send my mom to Radio City Music Hall. She's sitting upstairs — I wasn't going to pay for the good seats. [Laughs.] She said, "Have a great time."

GS: She said, "You look fabulous," and she said, "I'm proud of you… Don't forget to eat."

JRB: She's a Jewish mom. She said all nice things. She said, "Did you bring a Power Bar?" 

His next project? Honeymoon in Vegas. What I hear is that we're coming in!

Courtney Reed

I am the princess of the world tonight, are you kidding me? I’m in this gorgeous blue Carmen Marc Valvo dress. It screams, "Hello. I'm the Genie, and I'm at the Tony Awards." I'm coming out of a magic lamp in this dress.

It's been four amazing years, and now this is kind of "The Moment." To get nominated, it's just validation that all of our hard work has paid off.

Her next dream princess? Almost everything else has been done except "Tangled." I'm the opposite of Rapunzel, but "Tangled" is the best.

Her advice? Talent aside — because everyone in this business is very talented — always be a good person and be the type of person you want to work with for months on end. Be that person, and you will go far in life.


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