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 thrilled to be among the callers offering congratulations and getting responses. Here are the first reactions from 2013 Tony nominees. Congrats to all!
Nominated for Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical, Pippin
“I was coming out of Trader Joe’s this morning and a friend of mine pops out and says, 'Congratulations!' When I got home, I was cleaning the gunk and the hair out of our stuffed-up drain in the bathtub, and some other people started calling, and I realized, oh, this must be a real thing! As actors, we live in this weird, obsessed, I-don’t-want-to-be-obsessed with the Tonys world. But you think about it, of course you think about it! For the folks who didn’t get nominated, like my wife [Pippin co-star Charlotte d’Amboise] and Matthew James Thomas, I go, 'How? Why? How can that be?' So I feel lucky, but it’s bittersweet. This will be my daughters’ first experience with the Tonys. I once asked my daughter Josephine what she tells her friends when she talks about her parents. And she said, 'I just tell them you’re dumb old actors.' So we’re keepin’ it real—I still have to finish cleaning out the drain!”