Tony Awards: star-studded band nominated for Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play


NEW YORK – In Sunday’s Broadway and Beyond, a look at a star-studded category. The stars of stage and screen compete for the best performance by an actor in a starring role in a play.

A trio of actors from Broadway’s “Take Me Out” are nominated, CBS2’s Dave Carlin reported.

It doesn’t cause any tension – they’re on the same team, said jesse williamsbest known from the TV show “Grey’s Anatomy”.

“You’ve been in ensemble stuff, so you know how to share the…” Carlin said.

“Yeah, yeah, that’s right,” Williams said.

“They win, you’re happy, you win, you’re happy,” Carlin said.

“Yeah, everything is a win,” Williams said.

“Is it?” Carlin said.

“Yeah. It’s crazy. You know, it’s, I’ve never played a game before,” Williams said. “It’s a big challenge and I respect it. You know, I respect the community, I respect the scene.”

“Having three in the same category is a bit unusual,” Carlin said.

“Yeah, I was nominated for my performance, but I’m really representing the company here, because I’m doing it as an ensemble piece,” Michael Oberholtzer said. “I have affection and love for all of them.”

“It’s hard to be competitive against these people you admire and love so deeply,” Jesse Tyler Ferguson said.

Here’s what Ferguson had to say about the main themes of “Take Me Out,” the hit revival of a star baseball player who comes out as gay.

“Racism, homophobia and toxic masculinity and unfortunately a lot of those themes are still so relevant today, and we have so much work to do to improve those things,” Ferguson said.

Another nominee is Alfie Allen, who was in “Game of Thrones” on television. Allen is a threat in Martin McDonagh’s “Hangman,” a one-play roller coaster on capital punishment in England.

“It’s just crazy, you know, different reactions every night. Some people gasp, some people find it hilarious,” Allen said. “It’s a one-piece thriller. It’s dark, it’s a dark thriller. It can be sort of, comedy can be morbid sometimes.”

This is Allen’s first Tony Award nomination.

Contestant Chuck Cooper is a Broadway treasure, having won a Tony in 1997 for his performance in the musical “The Life.” He is nominated this time for his performance in “Trouble in Mind” by Alice Childress.

“We ask newcomers, what’s it like to be nominated for the first time? What’s it like to be a veteran and come back to the community like this?” Carlin said.

“It’s like a very well-fitting suit, putting on a very well-fitting suit. It’s like, oh, I remember that jacket. I remember that,” Cooper said.

“Trouble in Mind” was first performed in 1955. It’s about racism in theater that resonates today.

“And shine a light on Alice Childress. Alice Childress, what a playwright. Oh my God, what a gift for the theater and what a gift I had to be in her play,” Cooper said.

The sixth nominee in this category is Ron Cephas Jones for his performance in Lunn Nottage’s “Clyde’s” about a sandwich shop where the owner may or may not be the devil.

Six nominees in four shows. Who brings the Tony home? We will know in a few weeks.

The Tony Awards will air on Sunday, June 12. Act One, a live event hosted by Darren Criss and Julianne Hough, will air at 7 p.m. on Paramount+. Tony Award nominee and Oscar winner Ariana DeBose will host this year’s awards show at 8 p.m. on CBS2.


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