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by Michael Portantiere



    Every One a Winner

    The press reception for this year's Tony Award nominees, held at the Millennium Broadway hotel on May 6, was fairly bursting with talent. Check out my pix of some of the hopefuls, each and every one of whom is award worthy. And on Sunday, June 7, be sure to tune in to the Tonys on CBS television.

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    Three nominees for 33 Variations: star Jane Fonda, featured actor Zach Grenier (left), and author/director Moisés Kaufman.


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    Three nominees for Shrek: Brian d'Arcy James (Leading Actor in a Musical)...


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    ...Sutton Foster (Leading Actress in a Musical)...



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    ...and Christopher Sieber (Featured Actor in a Musical).


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    Thomas Sadoski and Marin Ireland, both nominated for their work in reasons to be pretty.


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    Marcia Gay Harden (God of Carnage).


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    Geoffrey Rush (Exit the King).


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    Raúl Esparza (Speed-the-Plow) with publicist Leslie Baden.


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    David Alvarez, Kiril Kulish, and Trent Kowalik, the three young men who rotate in the role of Billy Elliot and who have been collectively nominated for the award for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical.


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    Gregory Jbara (Featured Actor in a Musical, Billy Elliot).


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    Carole Shelley (Featured Actress in a Musical, Billy Elliot) with David Stone (lead producer of Next to Normal).


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    Haydn Gwynne, who is also up for Featured Actress in a Musical for Billy Elliot.


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    Two lovely nominees for West Side Story: Josefina Scaglione, who plays Maria...


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    ...and Karen Olivo, who plays Anita.


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    Hair's unbeatable team of Will Swenson (Berger) and Gavin Creel (Claude).


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    Three nominees for 9 to 5: Allison Janney, who plays Violet...


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    ...Marc Kudisch, who plays the evil Franklin Hart, Jr....


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    ...and the amazing Dolly Parton, who wrote the show's music and lyrics.


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    Alice Ripley (Leading Actress in a Musical, Next to Normal).


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    Constantine Maroulis (Leading Actor in a Musical, Rock of Ages).


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    The one and only Liza Minnelli, whose Liza's at the Palace is nominated for Best Special Theatrical Event, with pal Jim Caruso, who also performed in the show.

    Thursday, May 07, 2009 at 12:33 AM | Item Link


    Michael Portantiere comes to BroadwayStars with more than 30 years' experience as an editor and writer for such media outlets as TheaterMania.com, InTHEATER magazine, and BACK STAGE. He has also contributed articles and reviews to AfterElton.com, Playbill, and Stagebill, and has written notes for several major cast albums. Additionally, Michael is a professional photographer whose pictures have been published by THE NEW YORK TIMES, the DAILY NEWS, and several notable websites. (Visit www.followspotphoto.com for more information.)
    He can be reached at michael@broadwaystars.com


    The last five columns written by Michael Portantiere:

    07/13/2010: Presidential Material

    07/04/2010: Hardy Boy

    06/29/2010: High School Stars

    06/21/2010: Falling in Love Again

    06/17/2010: A Meeting of the 'mos (and Their Friends)

    For a listing of all features written by Michael, click here.

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