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2022 Tony Award Nominees React To Their Nominations

This morning the nominations for the 75th annual Tony Awards were announced with A Strange Loop, MJ, Paradise Square and SIX leading the pack. See the reactions from the the 2022 Tony Nominees below!

Toby Marlow & Lucy Moss, Best Musical, Best Original Score for SIX :The Musical

“Gosh this is so wild. We created SIX as a fun summer project for us and our friends in 2017, thinking that, come the autumn, we’d be moving on with our lives and like becoming lawyers or accountants or something. So for that show to be nominated for a LITERAL Tony Award is just beyond. It’s a truly amazing, baffling honour to be even considered in the same category as these other wonderful pieces. We are so humbled, grateful, and handsome. Lastly, we’d just love to give a major shout out to the American accent. In our own accents (the accent in which this music was originally written), the word ‘category’ is absolutely not stressed like it is, repeatedly, in our show’s final number. But having the opportunity to bring the show to Broadway really has allowed that lyric to blossom from noticeably shoddy writing to a seemingly innocuous rhyme. So thanks America <3"

Rob McClure, Best Leading Actor in a Musical for Mrs. Doubfire

"I am ecstatic to have my name listed alongside those four brilliant artists for the next month, as we celebrate the resilience of this community. Our show has been through so much. This nomination honors all my remarkable colleagues at the Sondheim who make my performance possible. I love them."

Jennifer Simard, Best Featured Actress in a Musical for Company

"So grateful to the nominating committee. I share this honor in spirit with my entire COMPANY especially Christopher Sieber for being the Abbott to my Costello"

Shoshana Bean, Best Featured Actress in a Musical for Mr. Saturday Night

'It’s still kind of sinking in… but what I do know for certain is I’m in a category with literal giants and for that I am so honored and humbled. I am proud to be part of the season that brought audiences back to the theater and as always… so grateful to be part of this magical community. As far as Mr. Saturday Night - they’ve been working on this show for many, many years…I count myself so lucky Billy and co brought me along for the ride."

Michael Oberholtzer, Best Featured Actor in a Play for Take Me Out

"This is a day I will never forget. To be a working actor is a blessing in of itself; To have the opportunity to do a Richard Greenberg play on Broadway is grace; to be nominated for a Tony for my performance is worth a lifetime of gratitude."

Paula Vogel, Best Revival of a Play for How I Learned to Drive

“I am so honored to be nominated alongside my peers in this category! And so thrilled to walk the red carpet with Mary-Louise Parker and David Morse who take my breath away every performance. My thanks to the entire cast and Mark Brokaw.”

Babaloo Mandel, Best Book of a Musical for Mr. Saturday Night

“It’s a shame that all the teachers that failed me (and there were a lot!) are deceased."

John-Andrew Morrison, Best Featured Actor in a Musical for A Strange Loop

“I was trying to pretend like I wasn’t going to watch and something forced me out of bed and in front of the TV. I'm in shock but I’m thrilled. I’m thrilled for our show, for all the folks that got nominated. It’s been a journey and I’m so very proud of us. I don’t know what to do with myself and my phone is going nuts. I keep telling myself to breath and remember where my feet are. This is amazing. I want a latte.”

Barbara Whitman (Producer), Best Musical, Etc for A Strange Loop

“When I first heard Michael R. Jackson’s work, I knew I was hearing an exciting and important new voice in American Musical Theatre. I was taken on a trip that was funny, insightful, wild, and challenging – and I wanted to share this story that I had yet to see on a Broadway stage. I am so grateful to be able to work with the most talented creators, actors, and designers who have come together to tell this game-changing story eight times a week.”

Jennifer Schriever, Best Lighting Design of a Musical for A Strange Loop

“I’m sobbing in the Delta Sky Club near Terminal A in Boston Logan, where I'm flying back to NYC for 24 hours to see my 5 year old son on my day of Tech in Cambridge. I don’t know how to express how emotional it was to be sitting here as so many deserving artists, and my dear friends, got recognized for their amazing work, and then I realized, THIS PARTY IS GOING TO BE INSANE!”

Arnulfo Maldonado, Best Scenic Design of a Musical for A Strange Loop

"I am beyond thrilled and humbled by this nomination. I couldn't be more proud of our Strange Loop family -- over the moon I am a part of this big, black and queer-ass American Broadway show!"

Charlie Rosen, Best Orchestrations for A Strange Loop

“I’m THRILLED to be nominated for my collaboration with the genius Michael R. Jackson on this project. It is truly an honor to contribute to this show and music which shares its truth honestly and without compromise. It will be a standout moment in my mind and heart for the rest of musical life.”

Lynn Nottage, Best Book of a Musical for MJ The Musical

“I’m thrilled to be recognized for my work during this historic year on Broadway, I want to acknowledge my fellow travelers who weathered this difficult moment to bring back theater. I had the joy of working with amazing collaborators, like Kate Whoriskey and Christopher Wheeldon, who infused the work with passion, love and joy."

David Morse, Best Leading Actor in a Play for How I Learned To Drive

"First, thank you to The American Theatre Wing and congratulations to all of the nominees. How I Learned to Drive is in fantastic company twenty-five years after we first did the play off-Broadway. I am so proud of everyone involved in our production at the Manhattan Theatre Club. I am especially grateful to be on Broadway with Mary-Louise Parker in Paula Vogel's spectacular play after all these years."

Stephen Brackett, Best Director of a Musical for A Strange Loop

“My partner and I were watching, and he broke out into tears and then I got a phone call from my mom, I answered, and she asked me for tech support help. I love everything about this show and I am so honored to be nominated.”

L Morgan Lee, Best Featured Actress in a Musical for A Strange Loop

My mind isn't processing that this is real. I can't stop crying. To specifically be a Trans actress in the company of these incredible women that I respect and have enjoyed for many years...This nomination is SO much bigger than me. I hope someone will see this moment and feel like they can go on. No matter what the world, or school, or people tell them they are "supposed" to be, how they are "supposed" to sound...that they will keep striving to love and embrace the fullest version of who they ARE. That they can safely find breath in choosing truth. That they will keep studying and working and dreaming the biggest dreams. I'm so full of gratitude this morning that I'm likely to burst! But first, an iced coffee and I'll probably watch The View.”

Mare Winningham, Best Leading Actress in a Musical for Girl From The North Country

Girl From The North Country has filled my life with wonder and beauty for over 3 1/2 years and I am going to celebrate and honor it at the 2022 Tonys with our cast and creatives, and with Conor McPherson, our writer-director. Bob Dylan is a living legend and his poetry elevates everything in the world, including our play. When we sing his songs we are like a choir in harmony with the unknown. The mystery and uniqueness of our beloved musical has and will astound audiences going forward, but today is just a day to raise a glass for the love shown to our Girl, and to say heavens yes! Now I’m going to go put on a Dylan record and FaceTime with my new grandson.”

Producers Tristan Baker and Charlie Parsons for Best Musical Nominee Girl From The North Country

“We are just so thrilled and honoured to be nominated for 7 Tony Awards including Best Musical, and we’d like to thank our incredible cast, crew, creative team, and everyone behind the scenes who has helped put this show on night after night. This is such a wonderful celebration for everyone who has been involved in the journey of this show and we could not be more delighted that from our opening night back in March 2020 we are back on Broadway and making our way to the Tony Awards, and as always want to express our gratitude to Conor McPherson, Bob Dylan and the rest of our incredible team for bringing Girl From The North Country to life.” – 

Conor McPherson, Best Direction of a Musical, Best Book of a Musical, Best Musical Girl From The North Country

“I’m thrilled and humbled to learn of the seven nominations we received today from the TONY awards. To have a musical on Broadway is already the stuff of dreams — but to be included and accepted into the heart of the Broadway community like this is something I will never forget. Bob Dylan has inspired us from the first day we started working on our show, and every single performer has brought such awesome talent to bear. As with all theatre, this has been a team effort and I’m thankful to all our wonderful Girl from the North Country family.” 

Jared Grimes, Best Featured Actor in a Musical for Funny Girl

“I am super excited and grateful to be nominated for my first Tony. Since day one, I’ve received nothing but love and support from the cast and creatives of FUNNY GIRL and that gives me the joy that I bring to stage every night. It’s truly a dream come true that I get to honor my idols such as Sammie Davis Jr. and Gregory Hines in the form of Eddie Ryan.”

Carole Rothman, Second Stage Multiple Tony Nominations for Clyde's and Take Me Out

“I’m thrilled that the Tony nominating committee has honored our two Broadway productions this year – Lynn Nottage’s CLYDE’S and our revival of Richard Greenberg’s TAKE ME OUT, as well as the wealth of acting talent in both productions. Lynn has been a member of the Second Stage family for over two decades and I am very proud to have brought this wonderful play to Broadway under Kate Whoriskey’s inspired direction. And I want to thank the entire TAKE ME OUT company, who returned after the two long years when rehearsals were shut down. This nomination is a testament to their belief in Rich Greenberg’s powerful play, Scott Ellis’ vision, and their joy in bringing it to audiences.”

Matt Doyle, Best Featured Actor in a Musical for Company

"I am so incredibly honored to be nominated for my first Tony Award, and especially for a role that means so much to me. This morning, I'm thinking back to when I was 19 and first moved to New York. To receive this recognition at this time in my life is so special. I’ve had quite a journey with Jamie over the past few years. I’m so grateful to the people who stood by my side through it all. I share this with our remarkable leader, Marianne Elliot, and the entire creative team, crew, and everyone at the Jacobs Theatre. I am here because of our unbelievable cast. I learn volumes from them every night and it is a gift to share the stage with them all. I have never been a part of a stronger ‘company’. This moment is bittersweet as we all lost a legend this year. To step onto that stage every night and get to perform one of Stephen Sondheim's greatest scores is an absolute honor. Thank you, Steve. ‘I’m the next bride!’"

Lowell Ganz, Best Book of a Musical for Mr. Saturday Night

"It took me 50 years to get to Broadway. Worth every second." 

Myles Frost, Best Leading Actor in a Musical for MJ The Musical (Interviewed by iHeartRadio Broadway)

"I am speechless, I am great....I feel blessed and I feel humble. I think it's all of these emotions in one. It's a feeling like no other. I am so blessed to be a part of the MJ Company and Cast who are so lovely. They check on me and we check on each other." On how Myles found out he was nominated: "I was streaming the nominations on Youtube and I had my Mom and Sister on Facetime. When my name came across that screen, oh my god! My Mom started to scream, I started jumping and yelling and then my Mom started crying, my Sister started crying and it was just a really beautiful moment for all of us. And it's going to be something I remember for the rest of my life. There is no other feeling like it." Oh how the cast is going to celebrate their 10 nominations: "I'm hoping with a bottle of champagne and some rest!"

Camille A. Brown, Best Direction and Choreography for for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf

“I am extremely honored to receive these two nominations! I never thought I would ever get the opportunity to direct on Broadway so to be recognized in this way is beyond what I ever imagined. Special thanks to the producers, cast, creatives, crew, and everyone at the Booth Theatre who made our show come to life. Lifting up Ntozake Shange and grateful for her choreopoem.”

Kenita R. Miller, Best Featured Actress in a Play for for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf

I’m sitting here in the doctor’s office pinching myself. This feels like a dream! It has definitely been a dream for a majority of my life! But, I would have never dreamt of it happening while being with child, working on a show that is extremely important to me, with a family/tribe of Sisters that mean the world to me. So grateful for Camille A Brown for this experience and for her belief in me. I’m just grateful beyond grateful.

A.J. Shively, Best Featured Actor in a Musical for Paradise Square

“As neither a morning person nor a tech-savvy person, I was on my computer trying to figure out how to open the live stream when my fiancee called me from the set where she's working. Then I got to call my mom in California and wake her up with the good news. I'm still trying to wrap my head around it. I'm honored and proud and overwhelmed and very excited.”

Billy Crystal, Best Leading Actor in a Musical and Best Book of a Musical for Mr. Saturday Night

"I am so grateful for the five nomination Mr. Saturday Night received and for the amazing people who have made our show such a joy to experience."

Jaquel Spivey, Best Leading Actor in a Musical for A Strange Loop

"This type of stuff doesn't happen for folks like me. Or so I thought. Until today..... I've put the possibility of even a Tony nomination out of my mind because I never believed it was possible for a person like me. I thought I had to be skinny, I thought I had to be masculine, I thought I had to be from a wealthy family, and I thought I had to be "Perfect." Turns out all I needed to be was Jaquel and that feels good as hell right now."

Nathan Tysen, (Co-Nominated with Jason Howland and Masi Asare), Best Original Score for Paradise Square (Interviewed by iHeartRadio Broadway)

"Truly remarkable! I couldn't be more excited. This show, I've been connected to it for eight years. It's been a long road but it's a very important story to tell and the fact that people have been really connecting with it means a lot." Tysen on what this nomination means to him personally, "This is my third Broadway show as a lyricist and my first Tony nomination. I consider myself to be a very optimistic person, but I just feel like its best for my heart and well being to expect the worst....so when they just kept saying Paradise Square over and over again, I got so excited. But no, I wasn't expected it...I'm very Happy! I've been working as a Theatre writer living in New York City for 20 years. I've only been working and I got to quit my day job after my first Broadway show, which was Tuck Everlasting almost six years ago, and I've never been nominated. I think its nice for every once in awhile for someone to pat you on the back and say "Keep going! We Want to hear what you have to say!". On how he found out he was nominated" I watched the nominations on YouTube with my wife, who is also a musical theatre writer (Kait Kerrigan) and we sat in the kitchen holding hands and then we scream cried!"

be ore excited. This show, I've been conected to it for eight years. It's been a long road but it's a very important story to tell and the fact that people have been really connecting with it...it means a lot.

Patti LuPone, Best Featured Actress in a Musical for Company

“I’m thrilled for Marianne, Chris, Matt, Jen, the entire cast and creators of Company. We are led every night by the beautiful, soulful, and extremely talented Katrina Lenk.”

Mary-Louise Parker, Best Leading Actress in a Play for How I Learned To Drive

“To be part of this play appearing on Broadway after decades of effort is an actual dream come true. There's no higher honor than to perform Paula Vogel’s miraculous play alongside David Morse and Johanna Day and Alyssa May Gold and Chris Myers. The gift of participating in this first season back defies description, and I’m endlessly grateful to the audiences who come to any show, and bring life back into these houses that have been dark for so long, with so many out of work and struggling. I'm outrageously blessed and look forward to all the shows we have ahead of us. Just to walk through a stage door again feels like a miracle. It’s an embarrassment of riches and I’m forever grateful to Paula for having the courage to create this magnificent piece of theater. If I wasn’t saving my voice I'd open a window and scream my thanks to the heavens.”

Joaquina Kalukango, Best Leading Actress in a Musical for Paradise Square (Interviewed by iHeartRadio Broadway)

"It feels amazing and It means the world! This has been such a hard time for a lot of us coming in and then shutting down with COVID and just the uncertainty of it all. And so to get here knowing that this production has been in the works for ten years and to watch it all come to fruition and to have this type of love and recognition at this time, really means the world...for everyone's hard work." On how it feels to be a part of a show with 10 nominations: "I don't even have the words. Everyone has worked so hard to make this happen and I couldn't be more proud. I mean blood, sweat and tears to make this show happen....so to have it be recognized in that way and to have so many people recognized for this hard work...my heart is just full!" On how the cast is going to celebrate: "My cast is extra, so I'm sure there will be extra steps, extra runs and notes being held for .40 more seconds!"

Sutton Foster, Best Leading Actress in a Musical for The Music Man

“I’m incredibly proud of this show and The Music Man company. It’s an honor to be amongst all of the companies that braved the pandemic to bring back theater. Being back on Broadway is an award in itself.”

Warren Carlyle, Best Choreography for The Music Man (Interviewed iHeartRadio Broadway)

"It's amazing...It's great news for everybody and great news for the whole industry! This morning I was frantically trying to write down all the names of my friends and colleagues who are nominated and it's really wonderful...what a great season." On what his nomination means to him: "It's kinda epic...the pandemic was pretty rough. I've worked on The Music Man for three years....it's three years of my life. This one was not a quickie. It's really been a long time coming and it's very meaningful for me. This is my whole life...this is my whole soul...this is everything I've got to give. So to be recognized with a nomination is really special.' On working with this cast: "Talk about family...their my family. We've been together every single say since October and there is something about building a Broadway show. You're really in the trenches and you get to see the best and worst of people. You get to see them happy and sad and everything in between. All the stuff that we carried coming out of the pandemic, it really made us close...a close knit group over at the Winter Garden." On how he and he cast are going to celebrate: "We've going to rehearse a lot for the Tony Award! That's all! We're going to put together a really great number ad do a lot of really great rehearsing!'

Tom Kitt (Co-Nominated with Michael Korie), Best Original Score for Flying Over Sunset

“This morning was another busy morning getting my kids to school, and getting ready for work on a new project, and I found out about the nominations on my walk to the subway. It’s the first time I’ve ever heard the news this way, and I got to just take in the moment. I feel such great appreciation for James Lapine and Michael Korie, and to Lincoln Center - for ushering us through the pandemic and allowing us to create this musical that I’m so proud of. And I also want to express my congratulations to all of the nominees!”

Ruth Negga, Best Leading Actress in a Play for Macbeth

I am beyond thrilled and grateful for this acknowledgment… a dream come true for me to perform on the Broadway stage and in such incomparable company… I am deeply indebted to Daniel who is the best scene partner another actor could have asked for - it is a privilege to share the stage with him. I am so moved by the relentless work of this entire cast and crew whom I ADORE beyond words. And of course to Sam Gold for his leadership and wisdom and integrity and trust. And to Barbara for being the kindest and biggest champion. Feel truly blessed to be surrounded by this gang! So thrilled for the recognition of Mikaal and Jane’s hard work and brilliance as well! 

Marianne Elliott, Best Direction of a Musical for Company

“This revival of COMPANY has a very special place in my heart. It has been a passion project from the very beginning when we first approached Stephen Sondheim about collaborating with us on our idea for the production. I want to thank everyone who has worked with such love and commitment on the show and to thank our incredible audiences who have embraced us along the way. There were times during the Broadway closure when I wondered whether we would ever come together again so for the show to be celebrated in this way and to be honoured by The Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing is even more special than I can put into words.”

Julie White, Best Featured Actress in a Play for POTUS

“Wow! To share a stage with these six incredible women feels like a glittering prize I win every night, except Monday. I’m honored to be nominated and share it with all of them, playwright Selina Fillinger, and the incomparable Susan Stroman.” 

Jason Robert Brown, Best Original Score for Mr. Saturday Night

This morning’s nomination is the capper to a profoundly joyful and ridiculous experience creating MR SATURDAY NIGHT. I am most thrilled for Amanda’s glorious and hilarious work to be recognized, and of course for my longtime musical partner and collaborator Shoshana to be acknowledged. For the past six years, I’ve gotten to collaborate with masters - from Rando to Lowell and Babaloo and of course the true Kamikaze of Comedy, Mr Billy Crystal - and I’m so happy and relieved that audiences are howling with laughter the same way I did for this whole process. 

Jamie Armitage (Co-Nominated with Lucy Moss), Best Direction of a Musical for SIX

“What an unbelievable moment! SIX started as a student show performing in a hotel conference room. Every step since then has been a delight and a surprise. I never could have dreamed of us reaching Broadway, so getting nominated for a Tony Award is beyond words. So grateful and so happy!” – Jamie Armitage

Beowulf Boritt, Best Scenic Design of a Play and Musical for POTUS and Flying Over Sunset

“After 18 months of dark, empty stages just getting to create the worlds of POTUS and Flying Over Sunset on Broadway was thrilling. Getting to do it with Susan Stroman and James Lapine was more than my younger self would ever have dared dream of. Getting a pair of Tony nominations for them leaves me speechless…”

Simon Hale, Best Orchestrations and Bes Sound Design of a Musical for Girl from the North Country

“It is such an honour to be nominated today for the 75th Tony Awards - I’m still shocked! To have been able to work on Girl from the North Country with Conor McPherson and having the riches of the incredible catalogue of Bob Dylan to explore and adapt for the stage has been a total privilege at every step of the way. Thanks to Marco, Mary Ann, Martha and Andy, our wonderful musicians at the Belasco Theater and to the incredible company on stage, so many of whom have been with us since 2018! Being part of Girl From The North Country has always been a delight. At first impression, you might think of it as a tale about poverty or hopelessness, but it's not. Instead, it's a story that has kindness threaded through it. This kindness weaves its magic through the production and everyone involved in bringing it to life. This kindness comes from the top; our leader Conor, our producers, our company, musicians, stage management and crew. In this world of freelance life, a sense of belonging is hard to come by. "Girl" is a family, and I love every moment of being part of it. So to be nominated for my contribution to it is thrilling and humbling. The sound of Girl is not one thing. It's the collaboration of many people working in harmony, so I'm delighted for all of us! The Tonys are so exciting for us in the UK. Being British, we don't often get to celebrate our work. However, the Tonys give us permission to shout loudly about how proud we are of our work and our industry.”

Hugh Jackman, Best Leading Actor in a Musical for The Music Man

“To be a part of the return of Broadway is a great privilege. The vast amount of talent putting on 8 shows a week is inspiring. I know the quote “we are a family” is often overused. But not here. Not in the theatre. It takes thousands working together to make Broadway hum. I stand alongside the extraordinary cast, crew and creative team of The Music Man in thanking The American Theatre Wing for our nominations. After 2 years of virtual darkness, Broadway is back, bright and ready to celebrate at The Tonys.”

LaChanze, Best Leading Actress in a Play for Trouble in Mind

"I’m thrilled! Thrilled to be nominated for best Leading actor in a Play with these outstanding women! Thrilled for our company receiving Best play revival nomination, but mostly thrilled that Alice Childress is finally being recognized for her work! Just Thrilled!"

Rachel Dratch, Best Featured Actress in a Play for POTUS

“My initial response to this news was “Hammaflabbbagggahhhtthhththtpthththappaddooooaaahhh!” (Repeat for 5 hours.) But upon further reflection, I will say I’m already having the time of my life up on the stage every night with our ensemble of mega-talented lady superstars —so to receive news of a Tony nomination on top of that? To borrow a line from the play (said in extremely different circumstances)...“Are my feet on the ground?!"

Dominique Morisseau, Best Play nominee for Skeleton Crew

"To be able to look at my city and show them this nomination feels like I'm helping to put a different narrative of Detroit out into the media than has previously been shared. And this moment of recognition for my play is a recognition of all the hands, souls, and creative genius that touched it from its genesis until now. It is a community play, built by my very large and vast community of artists and activists. So for me, this nomination is one more way to make visible the labor of the ignored and erased."

Sam Rockwell, Best Leading Actor in a Play for American Buffalo

“Thank you so much to the members of the American Theatre Wing & Broadway League. I’m so thrilled and honored by this recognition and to all those involved in the production of American Buffalo. As an actor, you’re only as good as your scene partners, and I share this with the incredible Laurence Fishburne and Darren Criss, who have made me up my game every day, every performance. Thank you so much, I am truly grateful.”

Jeannette Bayardelle, Best Featured Actress in a Musical for Girl From The North Country

“I was so elated to hear my name. I am so grateful. Girl From The North Country has been a Godsend. From day one, I was sure this was a special project. I am forever grateful and thankful for the genius of Conor McPherson. He allowed me to create and always had the ability to see me.”

Ron Cephas Jones, Best Featured Actor in a Play for Clyde's

“Honored and Blessed”

Carrie-Anne Ingrouille, Best Choreography for Six

“I am beyond grateful and honoured to have been nominated for Best Choreography for SIX The Musical! To even be listed next to some of the other nominees in the category is mind blowing. Sincere thanks to everyone who has boogied with us since we started this incredible journey!”

Tim Deiling, Best Lighting Design for Six

“It’s such a surprise to be nominated and certainly not anything we thought was in the cards when we started the SIX Journey! Also, for me, it’s beyond amazing to be recognized by this community, which I respect and admire so much! A kid who grew up near NYC watching the Tony Awards!“ - Tim Deiling, Lighting Designer, SIX, The Musical