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2011
SUNDAY, JUNE 12, 2011
Live at the Beacon Theatre

Tony Sheldon — Nominee for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical

Tony Sheldon

Show:
Priscilla Queen of the Desert

Role:
Bernadette, an aging transsexual nightclub headliner who takes a road trip (via the title bus) with two younger drag queens through the Australian Outback in search of friendship and one final night in the spotlight.

Bio Brief:
Sheldon is making his Broadway debut after a 40-year career as an actor and writer in his native Australia. Notable credits include The Producers, The Witches of Eastwick, Private Lives, In the Woods, Falsettos and Noises Off.

Other Honors for This Role:
—Drama Desk Award nomination for Outstanding Actor in a Musical
—Outer Critics Circle Award nomination for Outstanding Actor in a Musical
—Drama League nomination for Distinguished Performance 
—Olivier Award nomination for Best Actor in a Musical (London production)
—Green Room Award, Best Male Artist in a Leading Role (Australia production)
—Theatre World Award for Outstanding Broadway Debut

Tony History:
This is Sheldon’s first Tony Award nomination.

Fun Fact:
In the first reading of Priscilla, Sheldon—unsure he wanted to pursue the role of Bernadette—performed with a full beard.

Quotable Quote:
“Bernadette is a very rich role. Friends of mine in Australia have said, ‘This is your Dolly. This is your Mame.’ How often does a middle-aged man get to be a leading lady in a Broadway musical?” —Sheldon in an interview with Broadway.com, 3/11

Other Nominees for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical