Playbill is back with 25 Days of Tonys and the countdown to the 72nd Annual Tony Awards (a.k.a. Broadway’s biggest night) on June 10 has begun! For the next 25 Days Playbill is going to bring you exclusive video interviews with all of your favorite nominees from the 2017–2018 Broadway season.
To kick things off, we wanted to know how this year’s roster of nominees reacted when they heard Leslie Odom, Jr. and Katharine McPhee announce their name on May 1.
We challenged them to describe the feeling in one word. Watch the video above to hear from—in order of appearance—actor Taylor Louderman (Mean Girls), actor Grey Henson (Mean Girls), writer Tina Fey (Mean Girls), director-choreographer Casey Nicholaw (Mean Girls), director Tina Landau (SpongeBob SquarePants), actor Andrew Garfield (Angels in America), actor Glenda Jackson (Three Tall Women), costume designer Clint Ramos (Once on This Island), actor Susan Brown (Angels in America), choreographer Justin Peck (Carousel), playwright Ayad Akhtar (Junk), producer and theatre owner Jordan Roth (Springsteen on Broadway, Angels in America, Frozen, Mean Girls), lyricist Nell Benjamin (Mean Girls), actor Gavin Lee (SpongeBob SquarePants), actor Norbert Leo Butz (My Fair Lady), composer-lyricists Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez (Frozen), actor Ariana DeBose (Summer: The Donna Summer Musical), actor Alexander Gemignani (Carousel), actor Katrina Lenk (The Band’s Visit), actor David Morse (The Iceman Cometh), scenic designer Dane Laffrey (Once on This Island), actors Michael Cera and Brian Tyree Henry (Lobby Hero), actor Ari’el Statchel (The Band’s Visit), actor Jessie Mueller (Carousel), actor LaChanze (Summer: The Donna Summer Musical), actor Lindsay Mendez (Carousel), director George C. Wolfe (The Iceman Cometh), actor Lauren Ridloff (Children of a Lesser God), and actor Renée Fleming (Carousel).