Playbill pulls back the curtain on the spontaneity and emotion when Tony winners met the press.
Bette Midler (Joseph Marzullo/WENN)
Little known fact: After winners accept their Tony Award onstage at Radio City Music Hall, they’re shuttled out of the building, across the street, and to another special location where they take photos, enter the Winners’ Circle, and greet the media. In the media room, winners have a chance to catch their breath and answer questions without worrying about an orchestra playing (or trying to play) them off. Here are the highlights from behind closed doors:
1. Gavin Creel watched Falsettos instead of answering questions—at first.
When now Tony winner Gavin Creel first learned of his nomination May 2, he told Playbill about his years-long friendship with fellow nominee (and category competitor) Andrew Rannells, nominated for Falsettos. As Creel hopped on the media room stage, the screens carrying the feed of the awards show flashed with the Falsettos cast performing their number. True to form, Creel was nearly more enthused for his friends than himself. “I have so many friends on that stage right now!” he exclaimed. “Andrew Rannells is about to play racquetball on national television!”