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, Newsies
“I turned on NY1 to watch the announcement because I knew Newsies would be nominated in a bunch of categories. Since I’m five years old, all I ever wanted to do was write for musical theater. I didn’t know exactly what that meant when I was five, but I remember saying it to a neighbor of mine! This whole experience, long before Broadway was even a fantasy, has been the best professional experience of my life. Even when we thought it was going straight to licensing, the opportunity to revisit this material has been a gift. To go to the theater and listen to the reaction and see the faces on those kids... at Paper Mill Playhouse, they never held for applause—a number would end, and they’d go right to the next cue. For this production, they do hold for applause, and when a number gets a reaction and I see the faces on that stage, I just lose it. It’s 12 Broadway debuts, and it is worth everything to see that. [A Best Score Tony nomination] is like the icing on the icing on the icing.”
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