The morning the Tony nominations are announced, phones start ringing off the hook for the happy few who get nods. As usual, Broadway.com is among the callers offering congratulations and getting responses. Here are the first reactions from 2011 Tony nominees. Congrats to all!
Nominated for Best Book of a Musical, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson
I’m surprised and excited! The show was in the fall, so it’s great that people remember it existed. When I woke up, there were something like 25 text messages on my phone, so I thought that something might have happened, and if any family member had died I wouldn’t have found out via text. Actually I don’t think they know how to text, so I figured it was good news. Most of the morning was consumed with responding to e-mails and thanking people for being very nice to me. I was so excited because [Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson] was the first musical I’ve ever written. We created it in a lodge in the Berkshires and the goal was to do it at like, the Ohio Theatre for three weeks, so the idea that it was on Broadway and could be nominated for a Tony Award was just absolutely thrilling. I’m excited to see what the Tony events are like. There are so many heroes of mine that are nominated, so this may be an entrée for me to say hi to some of them. I would love to meet Marc Shaiman. How cool would that be? Maybe I’ll try to find him at a cocktail party.”