D'Abruzzo Is Last Actor Still in 2004 Tony-Nominated Role

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Stephanie D'Abruzzo, who plays both Kate Monster and Lucy The Slut in the Tony-winning musical Avenue Q, has a unique place among her Broadway peers.

Stephanie D'Abruzzo in Avenue Q
Stephanie D'Abruzzo in Avenue Q Photo by Carol Rosegg

The actress-singer is the lone 2004 Tony nominee in any acting category still in the role for which she received her Tony nomination. In an upcoming interview for "Diva Talk," D'Abruzzo told Playbill.com, "I realized that the only shows running from last season are Fiddler, Wicked and [Avenue Q], and I am the only Tony nominee in any category to still be in the role that she was nominated for. That happened as of March when John Cariani left Fiddler. He and I were the last ones." D'Abruzzo added with a laugh, "So I feel a little solitary."

Those actors nominated for 2004 Tonys also included Kevin Kline, Henry IV; Frank Langella, Match; Jefferson Mays, I Am My Own Wife; Christopher Plummer, King Lear; Simon Russell Beale, Jumpers; Tom Aldredge, Twentieth Century; Ben Chaplin, The Retreat from Moscow; Aiden Gillen, The Caretaker; Omar Metwally, Sixteen Wounded; Brian F. O'Byrne, Frozen; Eileen Atkins, The Retreat from Moscow; Tovah Feldshuh, Golda's Balcony; Anne Heche, Twentieth Century; Swoosie Kurtz, Frozen; Phylicia Rashad, A Raisin in the Sun; Essie Davis, Jumpers; Sanaa Lathan, A Raisin in the Sun; Margo Martindale, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof; Audra McDonald, A Raisin in the Sun; Daphne Rubin-Vega, Anna in the Tropics; Kristin Chenoweth, Wicked; Idina Menzel, Wicked; Donna Murphy, Wonderful Town; Tonya Pinkins, Caroline, or Change; Beth Fowler, The Boy From Oz; Isabel Keating, The Boy From Oz; Anika Noni Rose, Caroline, or Change; Jennifer Westfeldt, Wonderful Town; Karen Ziemba, Never Gonna Dance; Hunter Foster, Little Shop of Horrors; Hugh Jackman, The Boy From Oz; Alfred Molina, Fiddler on the Roof; Euan Morton, Taboo; John Tartaglia, Avenue Q ; John Cariani, Fiddler on the Roof; Michael Cerveris, Assassins; Raul Esparza, Taboo; Michael McElroy, Big River; and Denis O'Hare, Assassins.

Stephanie D'Abruzzo is currently making her Broadway debut in Avenue Q at the Golden Theatre. She received a Tony nomination and a Theatre World Award for her work in the Broadway production and a Drama Desk nomination for her work in the Off-Broadway mounting of Q. She has also been seen on stage in the City Center Encores! production of Carnival, the all-star Chess concert, the Encores! 10th Anniversary Bash and the recent Stephen Sondheim celebration, Children and Art. D'Abruzzo has spent several seasons on "Sesame Street" and the kids show "Oobi" and will soon be seen in VH-1's "I Love the 70s Part II" and "I Love the 80s 3-D."

D'Abruzzo, whose contract with Avenue Q runs through July 2005 — though she may extend her stay — will make her solo cabaret debut on Monday, May 23 at Birdland. Alan Muraoko is set to direct the 7 PM evening, which will feature musical direction by Altar Boyz co-composer Michael Patrick Walker. Tickets are available by calling (212) 581-3080.

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