'Columnist' Star John Lithgow on (Not) Winning a Tony
On the red carpet at Sunday's Tony Awards, John Lithgow predicted he would lose in the best play category category to one of his rivals: Philip Seymour Hoffman; James Earl Jones; Frank Langella or James Corden.
(Corden, the relative newcomer from One Man, Two Guvnors, won the trophy in an upset victory over Hoffman.)
But Lithgow, who already has a Tony under his belt, was pleasantly resigned to his fate, raving about his role as a '60s-era political journalist in The Columnist and making plans to do more Shakespeare in the future.
'Once's' Cristin Milioti on How She Relieves Tony-Related Nerves
Once actress Cristin Milioti found one way to calm her first-time nominee nerves ahead of Sunday's Tony Awards.
"I had a drink before I got here, which was very, very helpful -- and that's about it. That's the only way I prepared," the delightfully candid actress told THR on the red carpet at New York City's Beacon Theater.
Milioti, 26, who portrays "Girl" in the hit Broadway adaptation of the indie film, said before the ceremony that she was "nervous but also calm, oddly. It's a little out of body, but it's all right."
Jessica Chastain on Tackling Her Role in 'The Heiress'
Despite a rising -- and super-busy -- career in film, Jessica Chastain carved time in her hectic schedule to make her Broadway debut in The Heiress.
"I'm nervous," the Juilliard-trained actress told THR on the red carpet at the 2012 Tony Awards in New York City. "It's a great role, it's one of the best roles written for women. Moises Kaufman is a wonderful director, and he's such a kind, supportive man so I'm really excited to work for him."
It has "Tony" written all over it, no?
"You can't say that!" she said in mock outrage, then thanking us for the "nice thing" we said.
'Rock of Ages' Star Constantine Maroulis on His New Broadway Role
Constantine Maroulis, who originated the role of aspiring rock star Drew in Rock of Ages, admits he's reluctant to see the movie version of the hit musical.
"I'm kinda just, like, not really ready to see it just yet," he told THR on the red carpet at Sunday's Tony Awards in New York City. "I pop up in the movie but I know it's gonna be fantastic. And the buzz is out, and so many movie stars and stuff, and I think it's a testament to all the work that I did and fans and the other cast members did all along the way."
He is, however, excited about his leading role in the upcoming revival of the musical Jekyll and Hyde, which hits Broadway in the spring of 2013.
"Hopefully, we'll be back here next year," he said, referencing the Tonys.
Godspell's Corbin Bleu on His Broadway Dream Role
Corbin Bleu might have had his big break in Disney's High School Musical franchise (remember that pre-Twilight era fan frenzy?), but he's now a full-time Broadway guy.
The triple threat actor currrently stars in the revival of Godspell, for which he led a spirited performance during Sunday night's Tony Awards telecast. He previously fronted Lin Manuel Miranda's Tony-winning musical In the Heights, and is setting his sights on his ultimate stage role: Frank N. Furter from the Rocky Horror Picture Show.
Tonys 2012: John Lithgow, Corbin Bleu on Their Dream Stage Roles
When THR asked Tony nominees and guests for their dream stage roles, Shakespeare came up more than once.
"I feel I owe it to myself to play some great Shakespeare roles," said John Lithgow, who was nominated as best actor for his role as a '60s-era journalist in The Columnist, adding that he'd need to tackle an "age-appropriate" part.
Constantine Maroulis, a 2009 Tony nominee for Rock of Ages, says he's like to take on "something really cool and modern and stripped-down" from The Bard.
Meanwhile, Cristin Milioti, who was nominated for her role in the hit musical Once, confessed her dream was to play Sally Bowles in Cabaret; Godspell's Corbin Bleu is dying to play Frank N. Further in The Rocky Horror Picture Show.
As for Michael Cerveris, a nominee for Evita, he can't nail down just one role. (He's probably already played most of them.)
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