The 2014 Tony Award Nominees React: Harvey Fierstein, Neil Patrick Harris, Sutton Foster, Nick Cordero, Jessie Mueller, Kelli O'Hara, Chris O'Dowd and More

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29 Apr 2014

Harvey Fierstein
Harvey Fierstein

Playbill.com reached out to the 2014 Tony Award nominees on April 29, shortly after they learned that they were nominated for Broadway's biggest award. Here's what they had to say.

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Harvey Fierstein, Best Play, Casa Valentina:
There are worse things to wake up to. I have woken up to all kinds of things next to me that I really didn't understand. I even once woke up in New Jersey. I don't know how that happened.

Jordan Roth and Rick Miramontez called me. Let me put it this way, and as I said, I'm sort of sick, so I think I slept through a bunch of phone calls, but theirs is the one that broke through—broke through the haze—and, of course, they're both people I adore, so it was really fun to get the news from them.

Douglas McGrath, Best Book of a Musical, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical:
Sitting on our couch with my wife, we were clutching hands. We looked like two people in a rowboat that had a leak in it! [Laughs.] We were just like clinging to each other as we watched. We watched on NY1.



[I'm] just so thrilled and grateful. I mean, really, and relieved… [Laughs.] I don't have to wonder about it anymore, but really, so thrilled, and when I say grateful, I mean it because the experience of doing this show has been a very joyful one. I got to work with four songwriters whom I had not known before, but whom I loved and admired, and then you have that thing—when you meet people whose work you've known and admired, it can sometimes be very disappointing to meet them because you know what I mean, but Carole and Gerry and Barry and Cynthia are four of the nicest, most professional, caring and helpful artists I could have possibly asked to work with. They were only there to help. They were very supportive whenever I got stuck, which was more than once. I could call them and say, "What was really going on here?" And, they would say, "We were really frustrated about this," or "That's when we went to see Donny about this." They would somehow solve it or help me solve it. It was such a great process that this was a very happy acknowledgement of it.

Estelle Parsons, Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play (as "Alexandra"), The Velocity of Autum:
This is such a great honor and I am so happy to think my work is noteworthy. Eric has written me a wonderful character full of love and life who continues to inspire me.

Martin MCDonagh, Best Revival of a Play, The Cripple of Inishmaan:
I'm thrilled that the The Cripple of Inishmaan has garnered six Tony nominations for its Broadway debut, and I'd like to congratulate everyone involved in Michael Grandage's production.

LaTanya Richardson Jackson with Bryce Clyde Jenkins
photo by Brigitte Lacombe

LaTanya Richardson Jackson, Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play (as "Lena Younger"), A Raisin in the Sun:
My press people called me and told me. Because really, even though I had my DVR tape it, I figured I would be asleep. So they called and told me. I'm still in shock that it happened because I'm afraid to even look at it on television, like it's going to go away or something. It was like, really? I said, "Well, I guess you wouldn't be calling me if it wasn't true." I think I asked them, "Are you sure?"

It's such great validation of everything, but, you know what? I tried to tell myself, it would be great if I was nominated, but I get such validation every night doing that play when I come out there with Denzel [Washington] and Sophie [Okonedo] and Anika [Noni Rose] and, you know, everybody, and Jason [Dirden] and Steve [McKinley Henderson]. Everybody that's in that play. We have been so well received. I kept telling myself that that was the part that really mattered, so this is really icing. This is an unbelievable icing that I didn't dare to even let myself think about really. It would come up and I would immediately shut it down. I would put it out of my mind.

Beowulf Boritt, Best Scenic Design of a Play, Act One:
I actually was doing sit-ups and I heard on the radio that they had been announced. I sort of generally knew that they were this morning, but I didn't actually have it on, and so I picked up my phone, and there was a text that came from my props supervisor from Act One that just said, "Ahhhhhhhhh!" So I figured that that meant good news. I'm thrilled. It's just so gratifying. Honestly, James Lapine gave me first job, [my first] Broadway show, nine years ago and to get a Tony nomination on a show with James is fantastic.

It's really gratifying because you know how stiff the competition is and how many really fantastic people there are. And Broadway is the best of everyone, and there's so much good work going on that to get recognized among so many great things is really a huge honor. I've done enough shows to know that it doesn't usually happen.

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