The morning the Tony nominations are announced, phones start buzzing with texts and calls 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 2012 Tony nominees. Congrats to all!
Nominated for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical, Newsies
"I'm still waking up! It still hasn't really hit 100% yet. It takes a while for things to hit me. You can't really describe it, it's just a feeling—a thankfulness and gratitude. I woke up at 8:15 and then fell back asleep and started dreaming about watching the Tony Awards on my phone and had a dream I was at the Tony Awards in a huge thunderstorm. Lightning in my dream woke me up and it was 8:29, so I grabbed my computer really quickly and watched [the nominations] in bed. Ashley [Spencer] was with me; I didn't really call anybody—I got a few phone calls and 1,000 tweets. [I’m excited for] the actual ceremony, getting your name announced on TV. You watch the Oscars, Golden Globes and Emmys and millions of people watch. They call their names and their faces light up, that really excites me—and getting to perform, seeing all my friends there. I've been in the Broadway community for a few years now, and so many friends got nominated. It'll be exciting to see everyone. I think once I'm sitting at the Tony Awards I'll be freaking out."
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