As Christian Borle walked on stage to accept his Tony Award, the Peter and the Starcatcher star shared a hug with his biggest competition in his category, Death of a Salesman’s Andrew Garfield. “He has been such a gentleman over the last months,” Borle told Broadway.com inside the Tony press room. “He just gave me a hug and I called him a gentleman. I can’t wait to see [The Amazing Spider-Man] on July 3. I’ll be there at 10 AM, so I guess he wins.”
While Borle is thrilled to get back to playing Starcatcher’s theatrical pirate Black Stache as a newly minted Tony winner, he revealed he has “about a month left" before he will have to depart the play to resume production on TV’s Smash. “Getting to go back to work with those people is the great pleasure of it, working with Debra [Messing] and fighting with Jack [Davenport],” he said of the series. “I’m excited to see where they’re going to go and if we’re going to write another musical,” Borle said of the show’s new show runner and continuing storyline. “I’m excited to see what new cast members might be added and [to have] more real theater drama.”
There has been some drama for the series behind the scenes with the recent departure of four cast members: Brian d’Arcy James, Will Chase, Raza Jaffrey and Jaime Cepero. “I was [surprised] and sad to see them go,” he said of the actors. “I think they’ll be back off and on, but of course I was disappointed. The theater is a family and it’s just as much a family in the crazy world of TV, so all the sudden [them] not going to be as present is a disappointment to me.”
Peter and the Starcatcher currently runs at Broadway’s Brooks Atkinson Theatre. Smash will return to NBC in early 2013.