Tony Nominee Picks Shine Light on Bolder Broadway

The Tony Awards will be televised this Sunday, June 9, at 8:00pm EST on CBS!

Billboard reports: “The most exciting performers nominated for awards at the 2019 Tonys are making audiences reconsider what musicals and their stars look and sound like — and how daring they should be.”

Amber Gray as Persephone in Hadestown. Photo Credit: Matthew Murphy

Some of the nominees highlighted in Rebecca Milzoff’s article are …

“Amber Gray, 38
Hadestown

The Lowdown: One of the most singular Broadway performers in years, Gray (up for featured actress in a musical) stomps, slithers and coos onstage as a live-wire (and slightly drunk) Persephone in singer-songwriter Anaïs Mitchell’s take on the Orpheus and Eurydice myth.

Words of Wisdom: ‘A couple of years ago, as people got more into activism, it changed what audiences want to see. There are four shows from the downtown [theater] world on Broadway now. There’s more variety, which is how it should be.’

Caitlin Kinnunen, 27
The Prom

The Lowdown: As high school student Emma, the ‘little lesbian’ at the center of the farcical musical, Kinnunen (nominated for lead actress in a musical) warmly grounds the antic show — and made history in 2018 with the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade’s first on-air LGBTQ kiss.

Words of Wisdom: “From the beginning, I knew how important the character of Emma was, that this was a story that had not been told on Broadway and needed to be. It’s so cool that we can finally step up and say, ‘These are the stories we want to tell.’””

View more Tony nominees here.

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