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 Score, One Man, Two Guvnors
“Well, I can’t believe it! I was at an awards ceremony for One Man, Two Guvnors over here in London, the South Bank Sky Arts Awards, and I looked at my phone and I had like 25 texts and emails from people saying congratulations. I’m completely surprised. I mean, in England there are no awards for music, so it’s just absolutely phenomenal to have the score be recognized in America. Being considered alongside these other shows is absolutely fantastic. My wife and I have been keeping a very nice bottle of Champagne given to me by Nick Hytner, for a lyric I wrote for One Man, Two Guvnors. He had a competition in the rehearsal room to see if anyone could beat a lyric that I’d written. The thing is, it’s a terrible lyric! But it does at least rhyme. In the final song, Dolly sings, “I’ve got a package deal with one of these suvnors,” and Francis sings, “I’m just one man but I’ve got two guvnors.” She takes the mickey out of his London accent when she calls him a "suvnor" (southerner), and so it rhymes. There aren’t too many rhymes for 'guvnor,' so no one beat me, and Nick bought me a really beautiful bottle of Champagne. I’ve been saving it, but I think we’re gonna crack it open tonight.”
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