The 2012 Tony Awards have come and gone, but not before teaching us some pretty fantastic Broadway lessons. Between James Corden telling us what’s better than a Tony and Steve Kazee getting caught napping in someone else’s dressing room, let’s just say we’ve learned a lot. Read on below to find out what.
James Corden’s Win Wasn't the Best Part of His Tony Night
If there’s anything you don’t expect to hear from a Tony winner immediately after accepting the trophy, it’s, “This is the second best thing that happened today.” But that’s what One Man, Two Guvnors star James Corden told Susan Blackwell after winning Best Actor in a Play. So what makes a Tony take second place? “My son walked for the first time!” Corden said. “Seven steps, on my life.” Awww! Before you know it, he'll be able to throw himself around on stage, just like Dad.
Les Miz’s Film Stars Better Bring Their "A" Game
The vocals in the Les Miz movie are super legit, according to star Hugh Jackman. Instead of pre-recording the vocals in a studio, he told Broadway.com on Tony night, the actors are really singing in each take. “Every day at work is like an opening night,” he said. “That’s it. There’s no post-production. Everything is live.” No wonder Anne Hathaway described singing, “I Dreamed a Dream” as "facing the guillotines."
Steve Kazee Sleeps in Weird Places
Who knows what’s going on backstage at Once, but apparently star Steve Kazee has to go elsewhere to get some shut-eye. And by “elsewhere” we mean the Marquis Theatre, where Evita star Max von Essen had to evict a bleary-eyed Kazee from his dressing room during a recent backstage tour for Broadway.com. Don’t worry Max; you’re not alone. We’re always having to kick sleepy Tony winners off our couches. It's a rough life.
Corbin Bleu Can’t OD on Disney
After three High School Musical movies, not to mention episodes of Hannah Montana, Disney 365 and more, you’d think Godspell star Corbin Bleu would have had enough Disney to last a lifetime. But when Bleu shared some of his obsessions with Broadway.com, his favorite vacation spot was Disney World and his only explanation was, “Duh!” OK, Corbin, we're going to give you the benefit of the doubt and assume this love is factual, not contractual.
Tony Winner Mark Rylance Is a Dream Girls Actor
The fact that Girls star/creator/director Lena Dunham loves Broadway actors is clear, with Adam Driver, Christopher Abbott and Andrew Rannells popping up in major roles on the HBO hit. Now she’s got her eyes on a big Broadway fish: two-time Tony winner Mark Rylance. When Broadway.com asked her which stage star she’d most love to have on the show, she promptly named Rylance. Yes! Lena, not only would Mark be great, any future Emmy speech would be amazingly poetic.
Sugar Is a Way of Life at Peter and the Starcatcher
In response to a fan question, Adam Chanler-Berat admitted something kinda gross in the final episode of his Broadway.com vlog Boy’s Life. Someone asked what they eat backstage at Peter and the Starcatcher, and the answer included Peter Pan donuts and chocolate-covered fudge (“the greatest invention ever”). The explanation? “As long as it can make you feel sick with how sweet it is, we’ll allow it.” Hope that Broadway contract comes with an awesome dental plan!
Jan Maxwell Wins the Tony for Honesty
Five-time Tony nominee Jan Maxwell is the first to call herself a Broadway bridesmaid. “I’ve been nominated in every acting category. Now they have to come up with a category that says, ‘Just get the hint!” the Follies nominee said on the 2012 red carpet. “Bernadette’s getting one for liking dogs. Come on!” she joked about her Follies co-star Bernadette Peters, who received an honorary Tony Award (in addition to her two other Tonys) for founding animal advocacy group Broadway Barks. Take it easy, Jan, or Bernadette's going to have you de-clawed.
Andrew Garfield Is Christian Borle’s Superhero
Peter and the Starcatcher's Christian Borle may have won the Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play, but he thinks Andrew Garfield’s superhero status gives his fellow nominee the edge. “I can’t wait to see [The Amazing Spider-Man] on July 3,” Borle said of Garfield’s upcoming action flick. “I’ll be there at 10AM, so I guess he wins.” That depends, Christian. Are you're ponying up for 3D?
Al Pacino Will Play For the Losing Team
The Godfather came out in 1972, which means that Al Pacino has pretty much defined the onscreen tough guy for, oh, 40 years. Among those tough men is ruthless alpha male Ricky Roma in David Mamet’s Glengarry Glen Ross, a role Pacino immortalized in the play’s 1992 screen adaptation. Now Pacino is switching sides and returning to Glengarry—and to Broadway—as the hopeless Shelley Levene. Pacino back on Broadway?! F**k yes! (Sorry, Mamet moment.)
Lea Michele Wants to Get Dirty
A remake of the steamy 1987 flick Dirty Dancing is in the works, and Lea Michele wants in on that action. The Spring Awakening and Glee star has been screen-tested for the role of Frances “Baby” Houseman, who falls in love with Johnny Castle, the dance teacher at the Catskills resort where she is vacationing with her family. We don’t know who else is up for the role, but we're pretty sure nobody puts Lea Michele in a corner. That's right; we said it.