The Tony Awards Nominees @ The Empire State Building
The Empire State Building, towering 1,454 feet above midtown Manhattan on Fifth Avenue at 34th Street, hosted many of the leading 2014 Tony Award Nominees, who gathered for photos at the world famous 86th Floor Observation deck atop the renowned Art Deco building.
Around 20 leading contenders for the coveted Tony, some who have already won prestigious awards this season, came to the Empire State Building to celebrate their nominations only 5 days before the Tony Awards will be announced in a live celebration form Radio City Music Hall that will be televised simultaneously on CBS Sunday June 8th @ 8PM. Jefferson Mays (A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder) has already won the Outer Critic Circle Award and on Sunday tied with Neil Patrick Harris for the Outstanding Actor in a Muscial, was looking especially dapper. Neil Patrick Harris, who won the Drama League Award, and tied with Jefferson Mays for Outstanding Actor in a Musical at the Drama Desk Awards setting up a competive Tony Race between the two, was low keyed and casual shooting selfies with his co-star Lena Hall, nominated for Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musica
l for Hedwig and the Angry Inch opposite Neil Patrick Harris. I spoke with him earlier this season when the Drama League honored him at their annual Gala, before he began rehearsals for Hedwig prior to actually winning the Drama League Award, and when I asked him if was intimidated? Without skipping a beat he said "Yes." Well today atop New York City with two awards under his belt he said he was "Feeling less intimidated, however, running on all cylinders with all these different things going on for 2 hours, 8 shows a week was a challenge and that he was still learning and deepening the performance." I also caught a few brief moment with one of New York’s favorite actors, Reed Birney nominated for Best Performance by a featured Actor in Harvey Firestein’s Casa Valentina and Jefferson Mays, who introduced me to his co-star Bryce Pinkham, who is also nominated for Best Performance by a leading actor in a musical and could surprise everyone by winning. Who has the crystal ball? Look for my Tony Award predictions tomorrow.
Pictured below are the Tony Award Nominated men and women in attendance at the Empire State Building for Tony Award Nominees Celebration.
Photos & copy by Patrick Christiano
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The Women: Anika Larsen, Jessie Mueller (Beautiful – The Carole King Musical), Sutton Foster (Violet), Kelli O’Hara (The Bridges of Madison County), Lena Hall (Hedwig and the Angry Inch), Celia Keenan-Bolger (The Glass Menagerie), Adriane Lenox (After Midnight), Ankia Noni Rose (A Raisin in the Sun) Lauren Worsham (A Gentlemen’s Guide to Love & Murder), and Mary Bridget Davies (A Night With Janis Joplin)
The Men: James Monroe Iglehart (Aladdin), Ramin Karimioo (Les Miserables), Jarrod Spector (Beautiful-The Carole King Musical), Neil Patrick Harris (Hedwig and the Angry Inch), Nick Cordero (Bullets Over Broadway), Reed Birney (Casa Valentina), Brian J. Smith (The Glass Menagerie), Jefferson Mays (A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder)