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Follies Nominee Jayne Houdyshell Looks Forward to Being a Tony Jetsetter

Follies Nominee Jayne Houdyshell Looks Forward to Being a Tony Jetsetter
Jayne Houdyshell
'It’s a happy, happy thing and I’m so grateful.'

The morning the Tony nominations are announced, phones start buzzing with texts and calls for the happy few who get nods. As usual, is among the callers offering congratulations and getting responses. Here are the first reactions from 2012 Tony nominees. Congrats to all!

Jayne Houdyshell
Nominated for Best Featuresd Actress in a Musical, Follies

“I’m just thrilled. It’s a lovely honor and I’m still a little shocked, but it’s slowly sinking in. I woke up this morning and went to the computer as I always do to check my email and I had a lot more than I usually have. All my friends on the East Coast were ahead of me writing to let me know, and it was a wonderful way to wake up. I was just in shock, really, and very sleepy, too. It’s a happy, happy thing and I’m so grateful. I think it’s a real privilege to be part of this production and I felt that way from the first day I went into rehearsal in New York. We close Follies [in Los Angeles] the night before Tony day, so I’ll literally just be getting on a plane and going to the Tonys. Of course, it would be really great to be mixing beforehand with all the wonderful people who are involved with the Tonys, but I have to say I’m also very excited to be doing Follies again. The thing that was so exciting for me the other time I went to the Tonys [as a nominee for Well] was just being in the company of so many people that I admired and respected. It was very overwhelming to see so many great people of the theater united and coming together on one night under one roof, it’s very thrilling. I hope everybody has fun at the hoopla and I’ll see you on the 10th!”

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