The day after the April 30 Tony Awards nomination announcement, the newly minted Tony Nominees Class of 2019 gathered at the Sofitel Hotel in midtown Manhattan to celebrate.
On May 15, Playbill kicks off our annual 25 Days of Tonys, a video series with the bite-size interviews of the big Broadway celebs nominated for their work in the 2018–2019 season. In this 25-day countdown to the Tony Awards on June 9, expect to hear from artists like Annette Bening, Camille A. Brown, Damon Daunno, Harvey Fierstein, Judith Light, Dominique Morisseau, Anaïs Mitchell, Eva Noblezada, Ali Stroker, and more.
We interviewed 62 artists about their first-ever moments doing theatre, what inspired them to write or orchestrate or design or act, and more. We also asked them to play in our lightning round—sharing the show that most impacted them and the musical theatre song they’ll never get sick of, or what writer they’d want to write the show about their life (and what it would be called) and their favorite past Tony Awards performance.
To kick off the series, we asked the nominees to complete this sentence: “Theatre Is...”
See (in order of appearance) what playwright Harvey Fierstein, choreographer Camille A. Brown, actor Fionnula Flanaga, choreographer Warren Carlyle, director Daniel Fish, actor Adam Driver, actor Sarah Stiles, Bening, director George C. Wolfe, orchestrator Daniel Kluger, composer-arranger Jason Michael Webb, actor Laura Donnelly, actor Laurie Metcalf, choreographer Sergio Trujillo, composer-lyricist Joe Iconis, writer-composer-lyricist Anaïs Mitchell, actor Stephanie J. Block, actor Amber Gray, actor Ephraim Sykes, and actor Julie White had to say in the video above.
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