Tuesday, April 16, 2024

Tony Nominees Mix and Mingle: Helen Mirren, Carey Mulligan, Elisabeth Moss Meet, Greet


Very strange seeing all the Tony nominees crowded into the same place, a rabbit warren of narrow hallways and tiny rooms in the Paramount Hotel on West 46th St. But there they are: Helen Mirren, the presumptive winner for Best Actress in “The Audience,” and Carey Mulligan, hot in the revival of “Skylight.” Dame Helen is actually eating fruit from a paper plate as she dances along from interview to interview. She gives Nathaniel Parker, of “Wolf Hall” advice about publicists and reporters: “You must stand your ground.”

I asked Elisabeth Moss, nominated for “The Heidi Chronicles,” how “Mad Men”will end? “Everyone dies,” she says as she runs past. “Don’t tell anyone!”

For four hours leading up to Wednesday matinees everyone who’s been nominated for a Tony is all dressed up and grinning from ear to ear. Chita Rivera, eternally young, has not missed a beat. Someone is waiting to introduce her to the astonishing 11 year old girl from “Fun Home,” Sydney Lucas. “The oldest and the youngest,” I am told. Sydney’s brother is in a show uptown, as well. They’re an acting family.

Sting comes by, with a dark and bushy beard, accepting kudos for his Best Score nod from “The Last Ship.” It makes up for the show sinking too early. Brian d’Arcy James and Christian Borle from “Something Rotten” are very happy– they are also presumptive winners. Nominees Patricia Clarkson and Alessandro Nivola have outlasted their castmate Bradley Cooper from “The Elephant Man.” An interviewer asks them the secret to their success. Clarkson says: “Stay true to yourself.” Nivola jumps in: “I would say the opposite of that” because well, why not?

Alex Sharp is the 25 year old Brit who may win Best Actor for “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime.” I asked him if he was leaving the show in September, as I had reported a few days ago. “No no, hmmm, it hasn’t been decided,” he says politely. One thing is sure: he’s like to do another Broadway show right away. “I love being part of this community.”

I run into Geneva Carr from “Hand to God,” and the “Something Rotten” composers, and the amazing Judy Kuhn from “Fun Home.” It turned out to be a great Broadway season after all, I say to her. Kuhn shrugs. This is the irony of being on stage 8 times a week, the same time as everyone else: “I wouldn’t know. I’ll never get to see it.”



Roger Friedman
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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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