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by Michael Portantiere

    Tony Hopefuls

    As Harvey Fierstein memorably pointed out a few years ago, the Tony Awards are not a beauty contest. Still, this year's nominees are a rather exceptionally attractive lot. Here are my pix of some of the hopefuls in their respective categories, taken at this year's nominees reception, held on Wednesday, May 5 at the Millennium Broadway Hotel.


    Jude Law, Leading Actor in a Play, Hamlet.


    Laura Linney, Leading Actress in a Play, Time Stands Still.


    Bobby Steggert, Featured Actor in a Musical, Ragtime.


    Montego Glover, Leading Actress in a Musical, Memphis.


    David Bryan and Joe DiPietro, nominated for their score for Memphis.


    Viola Davis, Leading Actress in a Play, Fences.


    Here's Davis again, being interviewed with her Fences co-star Denzel Washington, who's nominated as Best Leading Actor in a Play.


    Valerie Harper, Leading Actress in a Play, Looped.


    Sean Hayes, Leading Actor in a Musical, Promises, Promises.


    Kate Baldwin, Leading Actress in a Musical, Finian's Rainbow.


    Kevin Chamberlin, Featured Actor in a Musical, The Addams Family.


    Tony nominees Sheryl Kaller and Geoffrey Nauffts, respectively the director and author of Next Fall.


    Rob Ashford, nominated for his choreography of Promises, Promises.


    Andrew Lippa, nominated for his music and lyrics for The Addams Family.


    Levi Kreis, Featured Actor in a Musical, Million Dollar Quartet.


    Jan Maxwell, a double nominee this year for her leading performance in The Royal Family and her featured performance in Lend Me a Tenor.


    Lillias White, Featured Actress in a Musical, Fela!


    The great Marian Seldes, who has already been announced as a Lifetime Achievement Tony Award winner this year.

    Wednesday, May 05, 2010 at 11:39 PM | 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

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