The fact that this is happening at all is just a miracle. [Violet] was supposed to be this one-night-only concert, and that was it, and it has just literally turned into this spectacular Broadway run with all these Tony nominations. Just being here with my beautiful collaborators — being able to sit next to Jeanine Tesori, to watch a number from our show on the Tonys… It's just a dream come true.
I'm very excited [that] we're going to bring Kung Fu back — David [Henry] Hwang's play that I directed earlier this year at the Signature [Theatre Company], so I'm very excited about that. And, Sonya Tayeh and I are cooking up another project together, which I’m excited about. I'm directing Lisa Kron's new play.
This is amazing. Between my wife and I, this is our eighth time being nominated. It's my fifth time, and my wife has been nominated three. It never gets old. It’s just great, great fun.
I thought that I was too young for the role, but Sam Mendes sat me down and said, "Listen, I want you for the role. Yes, I'm going younger with this show, and I want you to do it." I saw this show about ten years ago, and Tom Bosley was playing the role, and I thought, "Well, I'm not going to do that role for another 20-30 years at least." I'm so glad that Sam and Rob [Ashford] decided to go younger with it.
I'd love to do Death of a Salesman someday. But most of the shows that I want to do usually haven't been written yet. I love doing new works more than anything else.
(Playbill.com staff writer Michael Gioia's work appears in the news, feature and video sections of Playbill.com as well as in the pages of Playbill magazine. Follow him on Twitter at @PlaybillMichael.)
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