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9 Tony Nominees Reveal Their Favorite Show Moments

Now that the 2014 Tony nominations are set, it’s time to take a deeper look at which shows made the cut. And who better to turn to than the nominees themselves? We asked nominated actors, directors and composers to pick the scene that really makes their show worthy of a nomination. Turns out it was hard for some to choose just one.


Anika Noni Rose, Jason Robert Brown, Celia Keenan-Bolger (Photos: David Sheward)

Tony nominees Anika Noni Rose, Jason Robert Brown and Celia Keenan-Bolger (Photos: David Sheward)

Anika Noni Rose, Best Featured Actress in a Play, A Raisin in the Sun
“I think the most fun scene is the one with the African dance because Denzel [Washington] and I get to really play with each other. There’s really a back-and-forth to it.”

Reed Birney, Best Featured Actor in a Play, Casa Valentina
“I love my big scary monologue with the Judge. That was my audition scene, so I really love doing it. Wearing the Chanel suit is also awesome. I think it does all the work for me in the play. I’m not so crazy about working the high heels, but I understand it’s a necessary evil.”

Celia Keenan-Bolger, Best Featured Actress in a Play, The Glass Menagerie
“The Gentleman Caller scene was a real gift. Every single night I felt I was so lucky to be in the company of that writing and Brian J. Smith who played Jim.” [Celia has good taste – we also picked this scene as one of the Most Mind-Blowing Moments from the 2014 Tony Nominated Shows.]

Nick Cordero, Best Featured Actor in a Musical, Bullets Over Broadway
“I get to lead a tap number at the end of the first act which is a thrilling experience for me not being a tap dancer. [Tony nominated choreographer] Susan Stroman has somehow made me look decent in the number. It’s a big gangster number with nine guys in suits and hats and it’s thrilling.”

Leigh Silverman, Best Director of a Musical, Violet
“I have so many favorite moments in Violet. I love watching the audience when Joshua Henry starts to sing and the way they erupt at the end of his beautiful song “Let It Sing.” I love the moment when we get to see Sutton as Violet dreaming of what it will like when she’s beautiful. I love when the gospel number starts and the audience goes crazy. Those are three extraordinary moment and the great thing about Violet is how much heart there is on that stage.”

Jason Robert Brown, Best Original Score, The Bridges of Madison County
“I conducted the show last night and my favorite moment was during a song called ‘Look at Me.’ It’s the morning after the first night the lovers have shared dinner together. The way that it’s staged and the way it moves and how Kelli [O’Hara] and Steven [Pasquale] and the whole ensemble sing it, I had such a good time conducting it. I was really bummed out when it was over. I wanted to say ‘Can we do that song again?’”

Alan Menken, Best Original Score, Aladdin
“My favorite moment is ‘High Adventure.’ It’s for Aladdin’s three friends and it was cut from the movie, so I loved getting it back in the show. My very favorite moment in that song is when the guys come out and the three attendants to Princess Jasmine go ‘Hi! Hi! Hi!’ ”

Arielle Tepper Madover, Producer, Best Revival of a Play, The Cripple of Inishmaan
“The moment at the end with Billy played by Daniel Radcliffe and Helen played by Sarah Greene. I don’t want to give away what happens. And then of course the two aunties make me laugh. I have to say I love every moment in this play.”

Beowulf Boritt, Best Scenic Design of a Play, Act One
“The scene where Moss Hart thinks he’s screwed everything up because he just made this stupid phone call to George S. Kaufman. He’s out on the roof of his tenement with his little brother, being depressed, and he gets a call from the Harris office saying George S. Kaufman wants to work with you on this play. It’s a single moment in time where your life turns around. At the moment, you see all three levels of the set and five different rooms activated and there’s this cinematic cross-cutting that happens in the storytelling.”

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