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Tony Awards Read Reactions From the 2018 Tony Nominees From Denise Gough and Denzel Washington to Jessie Mueller and Gavin Lee, see what this year's nominees had to say about their good news.

On the morning of May 1, nominations for the 2018 Tony Awards were announced. Throughout the day, Playbill is catching up with the nominees for their thoughts and reactions. Check back for updates!

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play

Condola Rashad Marc J. Franklin

“It’s kind of icing on the cake. The reason for being here is to do a really interesting play and to work with two actresses—and the opportunity to work with actresses is very rare, and to work with two of this caliber [Laurie Metcalf and Alison Pill] is a dream come true. It truly is icing on the cake.” — Glenda Jackson, Edward Albee’s Three Tall Women

“A huge thank you to the American Theater Wing and the Broadway League. I am thrilled for all of this year's nominees, and am deeply humbled and grateful to have been acknowledged in this way. I am constantly moved and inspired by Joan, and I can't wait to get back to the theater this afternoon to continue to tell her story to people of all ages and backgrounds, as many times as I possibly can!” — Condola Rashad, Saint Joan

“It has been a very, very, very unusual morning! First, my son wakes me up at 5 AM demanding a bath. Very unusual. Then I get a text from my masseuse that he was here—my first at-home massage and I forgot all about it. And then my husband says “Congratulations, babe!” And I realize I’m nominated for a Tony Award for my role in Children of a Lesser God. A very unusual morning, indeed! Joshua Jackson, my co-star, told me last summer in the Berkshires to just shoot for the moon and I might land among the stars. I never dreamed I’d land among stars like Glenda Jackson, Condola Rashad, and Amy Schumer.” — Lauren Ridloff

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play

“I feel beyond honored to be nominated in this category with stage acting heroes of mine. The sun is finally shining in New York and to be telling the story of Angels in America on Broadway at this particular moment in time feels like the greatest gift and opportunity already. And to have the Tonys and the theatre community here in this city recognize our work in this way feels like icing on top of icing on top of icing. I’m so proud of this production and all of our crew, actors, designers and crafts people and perhaps most especially for our warrior director Marianne Elliot, whose vision is bringing Tony Kushner’s masterpiece of a play to the Neil Simon Theater every night in its full glory; offering healing and medicine and hope to an audience of hungry souls that truly need it. Congratulations to all the nominees in all categories. How beautiful to be a part of such a rich and heartfelt community. I’ll be beaming till 2019!” — Andrew Garfield, Angels in America

“I am thrilled and delighted to be nominated. Huge thanks to Todd Haimes and all the team at the Roundabout. To David Babani and Tom Syracuse at the Chocolate Factory. To Sonia Friedman, Patrick Marber, Tom Stoppard and the rest of the brilliant company of Travesties. It means a great deal to be part of this revival of a play that I was mystified by 30 years ago when we studied it at school but has now become my friend. Like a comical confetti shower of ideas projected in strange and beautiful patterns by the genius of Tom Stoppard.” —Tom Hollander, Travesties

Denzel Washington Julieta Cervantes

“This is like some excruciating teenaged day dream that you’d be mortified if anyone found out about it even 25 years later. I’m literally the only person here I’ve never heard of. Tonys, what the hell? Thanks, by the way. That was very lovely of you. Let me say also to the Tony nominators thanks for acknowledging every possible corner of the production they could. The whole team is world class and every last one of them deserves a late night special of their own. Thanks for recognizing them as a whole group, I wouldn’t want to be on this ride with anyone else.” —Jamie Parker, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts 1 and 2

“I’m surprised and delighted, but particularly pleased for Claire [van Kampen] of course, with her first play. It’s really her thing. It’s a real treat. And I’ll definitely be coming to support the winner, who I hope will be someone else other than me.” — Mark Rylance, Farinelli and the King

“Coming back to Broadway is like coming home again. The Iceman Cometh experience has been especially gratifying, working with our sensational director George C. Wolfe and my 18 wonderful castmates.” —Denzel Washington, Eugene O’Neill’s The Iceman Cometh

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical

“I’m so proud of our production and I’m so proud to be a part of this show. I’m grateful to be recognized—I just wish everyone could be recognized because it is very much a major group effort from the first minute of the show. They’re the most talented group of artists I’ve ever met; their artistry astounds me every day.” Lauren Ambrose, My Fair Lady

Taylor Louderman Joseph Marzullo/WENN

“This morning was a morning that I swore I would treat like any other. I looked out the window and thought to myself, “I’m just gonna take a walk.” Cue airpods, fresh air, and Ariana Grande. 8:44 AM my phone rings. On the other end my beautiful parents screaming, crying, laughing...all of it! My whole world was rocked. I literally ran to the nearest tree and held my hand to it. The initial thing that drew me to Ti Moune's story was the sense of love and community. Not only among the people who raised her, but the people who raised her up on her journey. In this journey of mine, I have been so lucky to have a village of people to teach me the importance of hard work, perseverance, asking questions, and most importantly to love. Humbled. Honored. Grateful.” — Hailey Kilgore, Once On This Island

“I’m thrilled, and very proud of our cast, creative team, and crew. I have such respect and admiration for the artists in this community and to have our work recognized in this way is quite an honor.” — Katrina Lenk, The Band's Visit

“I remember watching the Tony Awards as a young girl thinking I would never get that far, but in my heart wanting so badly to perform on Broadway and defy the expectations of my small town. I am so grateful to be included in this category. It is a dream.” — Taylor Louderman, Mean Girls

“I’m so thrilled for the show. I couldn’t be surrounded by better people and better artists; my heart is so happy right now.” — Jessie Mueller, Carousel

“I am deeply proud to be nominated this year. My performance could not exist without the brilliance of my iron-clad co-stars (including this year’s Tony nominee Ariana DeBose), ensemble, director, choreographer and everyone else who make this exciting musical a reality each night. I am especially grateful to be in a category of women that have been selected, who are all divas in their own right. I celebrate this moment with them all.” — LaChanze, Summer: The Donna Summer Musical

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical

“I’m great! You might hear my son in the background, he’s really excited as well. It’s an amazing moment just to be celebrated by my dear community, which I grew up in. And to be sharing that with my phenomenal cast, it’s an amazing thing. We’re already all on text and being excited and giddy. And tonight… Every show is a special one, but this one will be especially special.” — Joshua Henry, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel

Joshua Henry Joseph Marzullo/WENN

“Thank you to the Tony nominators, André Bishop and Lincoln Center Theater, and to our director Bartlett Sher for believing in me. I truly could not have imagined a better and more welcoming Broadway experience and am continuously grateful to our cast, crew, and to my family for their amazing dedication to the work, and support. Not to mention the wonderful and loyal theatergoers who make this job such an absolute pleasure. Cheers to all the nominees.” —Harry Hadden-Paton, My Fair Lady

“It’s so bizarre and wonderful and I’m so happy for the show. It’s the most unlikely thing. If anyone had asked me 20 years ago, I would have said this was the least likely thing to expect to happen in my career. Musicals have not been in my wheelhouse which in a way, makes it all the sweeter. I’m thrilled for the company because they all work so hard. It’s a great moment and a beautiful day out there.” — Tony Shalhoub, The Band's Visit

"I'm still a little in shock that I've been nominated for a Tony! The Tony Awards are an event I've looked forward to watching as a fan every year since I was a kid, and now to see my name as part of that legacy is totally surreal. And amongst all those incredible actors and artists? I'm just so honored. I cannot wait to celebrate the work by the whole Broadway community, of my fellow nominees and all of the shows that opened this season. And to do so in person! Surreal." — Ethan Slater, SpongeBob SquarePants, The Broadway Musical

Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play

“Totally shell-shocked. It wasn’t part of the plan! One of the aims with this job and this line of parts, which is a very unique challenge, is to be invisible. I’m completely thrilled, of course! And I didn’t know they were being announced so early. In fact, I was making myself a cup of tea and a piece of toast and my husband rang me from London. And he said, ‘Listen, you don’t know, do you?’ And I said, ‘Know what?’ Denise [Gough, her Tony-nominated co-star] was on to me in like 5 minutes. And how exciting that Angels has got more nominations than any other play in Tony history? That’s amazing!” —Susan Brown, Angels in America

Denise Gough Joseph Marzullo/WENN

“I’m in awe of the company I’m nominated alongside—Susan, Deborah, and Denise—who I’ve shared the stage with in the past and would kill to do so again...! Fingers crossed. Ms. Metcalf—can I just stand next to you?! What an effing honor, especially for HP&CC Company. UBUNTU!!! Thank you Tony people.” — Noma Dumezweni, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts 1 and 2

“I’m so thrilled for everybody. I’m so thrilled to be nominated, but more than anything, I’m especially excited to be nominated in the same category as Susan Brown.” — Denise Gough, Angels in America

“I’ve been really fortunate to be asked to be in a wonderful project again. It’s been a great two years, I think, considering Lady Bird was made a year and a half ago. I just have all this great material coming my way. And I frankly didn’t know Three Tall Women. I’d never read it or seen it, and then when I got a call to maybe be in the room with Glenda [Jackson] and Joe [Mantello] and Scott Rudin again—well, I said yes before I read the play. And then I read it and I couldn’t get a handle on it on the page. Now, all of us go to a play and we see it and obviously that’s the way it has to be. But this one was slippery in the rehearsal room. And it took all of us working as a team, led by Joe. He’s just the best in town.” — Laurie Metcalf, Edward Albee’s Three Tall Women

Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play

I was so nervous! I was biting my nails and refreshing the Facebook page over and over. I’m blown away, truly honored to be in such amazing company.” —Anthony Boyle, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts 1 and 2

Anthony Boyle Joseph Marzullo/WENN

“I am thrilled to be a part of the most nominated revival in Tony history. Just to be in this company of extraordinary actors under the direction of the brilliant Marianne Elliott in Tony Kushner’s masterwork has been an incredible gift. So today is more than just the proverbial icing on the cake, it’s the entire desert tray at the Four Seasons. I feel very happy and grateful and a little bloated.” — Nathan Lane, Angels in America

“It’s good news for a bunch of us. It’s thrilling, I couldn’t be happier for all of them. I can’t wait to go to the theatre tonight and see everybody and all of us get to give each other a hug and feel good about what we’ve done and what we’re doing.” — David Morse, Eugene O’Neill’s The Iceman Cometh

Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical

"I’m thrilled and honored! This project has been a dream job from the beginning. The role, the script and score, a brilliant Bart Sher at the helm, a dream cast and design team, and to top it all off, that wonderful, legendary Vivian Beaumont stage at LCT. I heard about the nomination from my manager (and, yes, I had to be woken up. My 7-year-old was up throughout the night with a fever and sore throat, so dad was sleeping in. One of the ironic benefits of having a sick kid the morning of Tony nominations is that one tends to forget the nominations are coming out! Which removes a lot of useless stress over the whole thing! On the downside, however, I may infect the entire cast with strep throat in the next 24 hours).” —Norbert Leo Butz, My Fair Lady

Ari'el Stachel Marc J. Franklin

“I’m feeling great, I’m pleasantly surprised. It’s a little surreal in the best sense. I’m over the moon. I just can’t wait to celebrate with my friends in the cast. I’m really excited to see my friends and give everyone hugs. It’s nice when you believe in something deeply, and I believe in our show and I’m very proud of it, and for it to be recognized with so many nominations is just wonderful. It’s electric.” — Alexander Gemignani, Rodgers & Hammerstein's Carousel

“In true New York fashion, I stepped on a roach in my apartment this morning and then found out one of my dreams came true. I couldn’t be happier to be a part of this show. Truly too gay/overwhelmed to function.” — Grey Henson, Mean Girls

“OMG! I am over the moon for SpongeBob. Getting recognized for so many categories is awesome for our fabulous show. I was actually taking my oldest daughter to school when the nominations happened, but my fabulous agent called me to let me know that I’d gotten nominated. Thank you Tony Awards!” — Gavin Lee, SpongeBob SquarePants

“I started to cry [when I found out]. I felt really emotional. This is still surreal, it’s been my dream since I was a kid, and it doesn’t feel real yet. I’m most excited that this small Middle Eastern story is gaining some visibility and attention—that’s what I’m excited about. I get to portray a culture that I’m very proud of.” Ari'el Stachel, The Band's Visit

Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical

“I am absolutely beside myself! I’m thrilled to be included in this incredible line up of powerhouse women. My high school self is absolutely geeking out right now!… To be able to represent our show, to represent Donna is priceless! Needless to say I burst into tears when I saw my face on that screen during the live stream. It’s a proud moment, indeed… I’m just so GRATEFUL!” — Ariana DeBose, Summer: The Donna Summer Musical

“I’m so thrilled and so stoked that all of my castmates were nominated. I’m so proud of everybody’s work. We’ve been working on this show for such a long time and it feels awesome that people are acknowledging the work.

“I’m honored to be a part of this category, and feel so proud to be a part of this community. Every show I’ve done, I’ve pushed myself further and scared myself more—and this role, both vocally and character-wise, has been the greatest challenge.” — Lindsay Mendez, Rodgers & Hammerstein's Carousel

“I’m so excited and honored about the nomination but I think what moves me the most is the amount of people that I’ve worked with–who are now part of my family and community of people—who have reached out with such genuine pride and excitement for me. I think that’s what most exciting. I’m also so excited for Mean Girls receiving 12 nominations. I love this group of people so much. I can’t believe it!” — Ashley Park, Mean Girls

“I’m thrilled.” —Dame Diana Rigg, My Fair Lady

Best Play
Claire van Kampen Joseph Marzullo/WENN

“I am so honored by this nomination, humbled to be in such amazing company with the other nominees. JUNK was an enormous undertaking, and one that depended on so many, a company of amazing actors, a brilliant design team, the committed, inspired support of Andre Bishop and Lincoln Center Theater, and of course, the inimitable Doug Hughes, who was my partner in the enterprise from start to finish. I am so grateful to the nominating committee.” — Ayad Akhtar, Playwright, Junk

“I’m completely chuffed, as we say in England. It’s a very illustrious company, and so I wasn’t expecting to get nominated. And we’re absolutely thrilled for all five nominations. So it’s a real triumph for Farinelli. And every time my husband [Mark Rylance] plays Broadway, he gets nominated for a Tony. It’s becoming a habit. I think he might change his name to Tony.” —Claire van Kampen, Playwright, Farinelli and the King

“It’s ridiculous. I’m absolutely entirely discombobulated, but so excited and so happy for everyone else getting recognized. It’s been a long journey with this play in lots of ways, and all these people have been with us for a very, very long time, so it’s lovely to get to this point and people be so nice about it.” — Jack Thorne, Playwright, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two

Best Direction of a Play

“I would never have expected this honor and I am thrilled to have been nominated alongside such remarkable fellow nominees. Thank you to The Broadway League and The American Theatre Wing. A huge thank you also to Tony Kushner for taking the chance on an English woman to direct this seminal American classic. I love this play and our extraordinary creative team and cast of actors.” — Marianne Elliott, Angels in America

“I’m over the moon that so many of the brilliant artists who I have had the great fortune of collaborating with on Harry Potter and the Cursed Child have been recognized by the Broadway League and the American Theater Wing.” — John Tiffany, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two

"I’m thrilled and delighted for everyone who made Travesties that it has received 4 Tony nominations.

"It has been one of the greatest pleasures of my professional life to work with Tom Stoppard and our incredible company of actors, creatives, crew, agents, marketeers, publicists, string pullers and producers to bring this great play back to Broadway.

"I loved every moment of directing Travesties. To be nominated for a Tony award for doing so feels like a gift too far. But I am extremely grateful to receive it.

"I intend to spend the next few weeks undermining and impugning the credibility and integrity of my fellow directing nominees thus to lay the pathway for my personal victory on June 10." —Patrick Marber, Travesties

“It’s fun! What’s really thrilling is that all the designers [of Eugene O'Neill's The Iceman Cometh] got nominated and Denzel [Washington] and David [Morse], as well as the revival, so I feel like it’s a great affirmation for this extraordinary play and all the hard work and passion that everyone gave to this. It’s such an intense show, and the whole cast is extraordinarily brilliant and committed. I’m so happy. I wish there was an ensemble nomination, that’s my only regret. I wish there was something to celebrate how brilliant, and how ferocious, and committed they are. I’m very happy for my nomination, but I’m extraordinarily proud that the production and everyone else involved is nominated.” — George C. Wolfe, Eugene O’Neill’s The Iceman Cometh

Best Direction of a Musical

“To be honored in such incredible company of artists and theatre is truly a career highlight thus far. I am so incredibly proud of the work of all the artists, technicians, musicians, designers and producers who toiled in the sand and debris to make Once on this Island the magical and relevant piece of theater that it is. It’s apparent that art is needed now more than ever and I am humbled to be part of this brilliant community. Congrats to all the nominees and everyone making theatre this season.” —Michael Arden, Once On This Island

Tina Landau Marc J. Franklin

“I’m so crazy proud of our entire SpongeBob team—that’s how I feel! Thrilled for the show itself. I’m most proud of the multiple nominations because making theatre comes from an ‘us’ not a ‘me,’ you know? I was watching live online with my girlfriend, and as names were being read aloud, Tom Kitt, Walter Trarbach and Mike Dobson, Kyle Jarrow, Chris Gatelli, our designers, actors, composers, I kept fist pumping the air and saying, “Yes!” When my name was read, I fell completely silent. Much to my own surprise, it brought me to a place of quiet reflection. It’s moving and layered for me, and causing me to reflect on the whole ten-year journey this has been for me so far. So yes, I'm quiet and humbled and grateful in this moment, but tonight I get to go to the Palace Theater where pure joy is spread in abundance each night and I get to celebrate with the whole friggin’ town of Bikini Bottom!! Also, congrats to every single person who has made theatre this year, that's what I say!” — Tina Landau, SpongeBob SquarePants, The Broadway Musical

“I was so excited this morning to hear the news of our nominations. As a kid, I lived for whatever bits of Broadway I could see or hear – I feel like I'm 8 years old today! We’ve all worked so hard between DC and our Broadway opening. It feels so fantastic to have that work recognized.” — Casey Nicholaw, Mean Girls, Nominated for Best Direction of a Musical and Best Choreography of a Musical

“I am genuinely excited for our show. My Fair Lady was the largest undertaking I have ever attempted at LCT. It was a huge risk and I felt very fortunate to share this work with such an astonishing group of artists. People don’t realize how hard it is to make these musicals, and how intense the pressure is, and how close a company can become. So the recognition from the Tony Awards is well-deserved for all us, and it feels especially good because it acknowledges profoundly all of our commitment and hard work. And I feel especially honored to be in the company of such an amazing group of nominees. All of my fellow nominees have done mind-blowing work. They are all exceptional artists and I am honored to be in their company. I am really looking forward to the joyful celebrations ahead.” —Bartlett Sher, My Fair Lady

Best Book of a Musical

“We are honestly too excited and too proud of our ensemble to make a joke about this. We are so grateful to be embraced by the Broadway community in this way and that we get to work together twenty-five hours a day with the same amount of excitement as our young cast. This is new for all of us.” — Tina Fey, Mean Girls

Tina Fey and Jeff Richmond Joseph Marzullo/WENN

“I’m incredibly honored to be nominated, alongside three writers I admire so much: Tina Fey, Itamar Moses and Jennifer Lee. Talk about good company, wow! I’m also over-the-moon proud of the amazing Spongebob Squarepants cast, crew and creative team. It’s a testament to all of their hard work—and to director Tina Landau’s awesome vision—that the show got so many nominations.” — Kyle Jarrow, SpongeBob SquarePants, The Broadway Musical

“Thank you to The American Theatre Wing for this incredible honor. Congrats to the brilliant Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Bobby Lopez, and to the entire Frozen Broadway family, whose talents, thoughtfulness, and passion bring magic, love, and joy to the world every night on that stage.” — Jennifer Lee, Frozen

“It’s a huge honor to be nominated—it’s not something I necessarily ever expected in my career of mainly writing slightly weird Off-Broadway plays. But I’m especially moved by the nominations for so many people from throughout our company and creative team because the open-hearted collaboration amongst everyone involved—from David Yazbek to David Cromer, to all our designers, and the cast—it really was unlike anything I’ve ever experienced, and made the show what it is. Which is appropriate because, of course, the things we can learn about ourselves when we welcome another point of view is a big part of what The Band’s Visit is about.” — Itamar Moses, The Band's Visit

Best Original Score

“We are so grateful to The American Theatre Wing and The Broadway League for this nomination and for all the nominations Frozen received today. From a very early age, both of us grew up loving and dreaming about one day being part of the Broadway community, so every day we wake up and get to work on a Broadway musical is truly a dream come true. We want to thank everyone at Disney Theatrical Group, the creative team, and the cast and crew and orchestra at the St. James Theatre who work tirelessly to bring Frozen to life every day. And most of all we have to recognize our orchestrator, the brilliant Dave Metzger for the beautiful work he did on this score—without him there is no Frozen.” — From Kristen Anderson-Lopez & Robert Lopez, Frozen

David Yazbek and Itamar Moses Marc J. Franklin

“I feel very happy for Itamar Moses and David Cromer, who have done so much work but these are their first Tony nominations. As well as Katrina Lenk, Tony Shalhoub and Ari’el Stachel—it’s all their first nominations. I’m a ‘three-time Tony loser,’ so it’s cool to walk in their shoes experiencing it [again for the first time].” — David Yazbek, The Band's Visit

Best Orchestrations

“Today, I’m elated and extremely proud to be recognized by the Tony Committee along with my friends and collaborators on SpongeBob, as well as all the other gifted artists who made this season so extraordinary. I’m very grateful for this nomination and I also want to congratulate my fellow nominated orchestrators as well, who are all musicians that I draw inspiration from. It is truly an honor to be in their company.

“This has been an enormously busy year for me and I've had the great privilege of working on so many projects I love, but my family has had to weather a lot of time apart. So this morning, while I was up in Boston, it was very special to be on FaceTime with my wife as the nominations were being read and to experience that moment with her. And as that was happening, I thought of my kids in school and how I can’t wait to tell them the news and give them all big hugs. My family has shared the journey of SpongeBob from the beginning and has seen all of the work that has gone into it, so experiencing this moment now with them is truly a gift that for today, makes the distance seem not so great.” — Tom Kitt, SpongeBob SquarePants, The Broadway Musical

“It was a privilege to have collaborated with Michael Starobin, the entire creative team and this cast of remarkably gifted singers!” — AnnMarie Milazzo, Once On This Island

Best Choreography

“I’m beside myself. Literally. To say I’m honored and overwhelmed is an understatement. I’m incredibly grateful, but I’m even more so excited about our shows. Both SpongeBob and My Fair Lady being recognized as they were. Both teams and casts are truly special led by our brilliant leaders Tina [Landau] and Bart [Sher], that that made me more happy and proud than anything.” — Christopher Gattelli, SpongeBob SquarePants, The Broadway Musical and My Fair Lady

“I’m chuffed to bits about the nomination today. The idea of choreography is changing enormously and the Tony committee acknowledging Harry Potter and the Cursed Child in this way is a huge recognition of choreographers all over the world who are bringing their artistry to shows that might not always be a musical. It’s a thrilling time for choreographers and I’m very proud to be a part of this.” — Steven Hoggett, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts 1 and 2

“It’s a very surreal moment. I’ve been such a fan of theatre for so long and so just getting a chance to contribute to the world means so much to me and to be recognized for that work is just the icing on the cake. It’s a very celebratory moment. I’m just ecstatic about the show being recognized in so many different aspects.” — Justin Peck, Rodgers & Hammerstein's Carousel

Best Scenic Design of a Musical

“[I feel] Immense pride in the collaboration that led us to making Mean Girls’ design everything that it is. And immense pride in the show and all on and off stage – I’m so happy to have been part of this once-in-a-lifetime experience.” — Finn Ross, Mean Girls, Co-Nominated with Finn Ross & Adam Young

David Zinn Joseph Marzullo/WENN

“I’m so thrilled that all of the visual designers have been nominated. It was a real collaboration and I’m thrilled that the work has been recognized. It’s an honor to be included in this group of nominees—they’re all so different and it’s great that such diverse work has been recognized.” — Michael Yeargan, My Fair Lady,

“I was having breakfast at my corner diner and flipped my phone over after I knew the announcements would be out—figuring there would either be some texts with lots of exclamation marks, or it would be blank. So it was nice to see all the exclamation marks. Of course I’m so excited to have so much of the work on SpongeBob be recognized—its a project that was really birthed in Joy and the spirit of Creative Exuberance, and having that message embraced is a thrill and an honor. And I am nominated alongside colleagues whose work i love and admire, so…yeah, just a delightful and humbling way to start the morning.” — David Zinn, SpongeBob SquarePants, The Broadway Musical

Best Scenic Design of a Play

“I woke up this morning to my phone buzzing with lovely notes of congrats, and am now celebrating with lattes with beloved friends. I’m mainly overjoyed for all my co-conspirators on Harry Potter and to get to share this extra bit of magic with my kids.” — Christine Jones, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two

Best Lighting Design of a Musical

“It’s the first day of sun in some time and I was out mulching my yard early this beautiful spring morning. Very excited to come inside and hear the news from my agent. I’m very proud to be nominated with so many other remarkable friends, collaborators and theatre artists from other shows and SpongeBob and I’m especially happy for the director Tina Landau.” — Kevin Adams, SpongeBob SquarePants, The Broadway Musical

Best Sound Design of a Play

“It’s very exciting to be nominated. This has been our first year back with sound design as a competitive category, so we’re thankful to the Broadway League for reinstating those awards. It’s exciting to be in the first batch of people nominated. We’ve done very well. We’re back in London re-teching Harry Potter, so we’re all in the same room and we all basically heard [the news] at the same time, which was very cool.”—Gareth Fry, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts 1 and 2

Gareth Fry Joseph Marzullo/WENN
Best Sound Design of a Musical

“I was making breakfast and watching the announcement live. I was already freaking out that the show was getting so many nominations. By the time they got to sound design, it was all a blur. I'm so honored and excited to be nominated. It feels totally surreal.” — Mike Dobson, SpongeBob SquarePants, The Broadway Musical, Co-Nominated for Best Sound Design of a Musical

“I was working preparing for Ain't Too Proud this morning. I didn't know it was Tony nomination day. My assistant on the show texted me a bunch of exclamation points, and I wrote back and asked her 'What?' Then I started hearing from a bunch of people, phone calls, emails, and texts. I find it quite exciting, and also a little embarrassing.” Walter Trarbach, SpongeBob SquarePants, The Broadway Musical, Co-Nominated for Best Sound Design of a Musical

Tony-nominated Producers
“We are thrilled that the play, our incredible creative team and actors have been recognized in the Tony nominations—his production has been such a wonderfully collaborative experience from the very beginning, and these nominations are a reflection of the extraordinary and inspired artistry of everybody involved in the making of this production, both on and off stage.” —Sonia Friedman & Colin Callender, Producers, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Nominated for Best Play

“If you had told me when I was in high school that someday I was going to get a Tony nomination I would have thought, 'Fantastic. Lead Actor in a Musical.' Still, I’m thrilled. It’s been a joy to work with this cast and creative team and we hope we’ve made Stuart Thompson proud.” —Lorne Michaels, Producer, Mean Girls, Nominated for Best Musical

“I’m literally speechless, which is not a state I find myself in often. But I just found out our 11 nominations for Angels makes us the most Tony-nominated play in history. And I just don’t know how to process that information yet. I’m so extraordinarily moved and proud of every single person who is part of this show and is giving their souls and their hearts to all of us. And I know Angels belongs to all of us—our whole theatre community, the gay community, the national community, this is all of our play. And I always know that in my heart and I really understand that today.” — Jordan Roth, Producer, Angels in America, Nominated for Best Revival of a Play

“This is a little new to me. This is my first time as a lead producer as on Broadway. To see the cast and creative team get nominated and be recognized for work that I’m so immensely proud of, was awesome. Now I feel like its my responsibility to take that news and try to use that as a platform to bring new people into the show.” — Orin Wolf, Producer, The Band's Visit, Nominated for Best Musical

The 72nd annual Tony Awards will take place June 10 at Radio City Music Hall. Sara Bareilles and Josh Groban will co-host. For all the latest updates, visit

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