The red carpet at the Tonys wasn’t as star-studded as other major award shows, but it was definitely sweatier, with attendees crammed together in the June heat, which pre-show was at 89 degrees.
“Theater people don’t do this very much,” said Harvey Fierstein. “It’s very Hollywood. We live a different life from the rest of showbiz.”
“It feels like a touch of fairy dust,” said Erin Dilly, nominated for “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.” “I always wanted Broadway to get attention.”
The red carpet gave stars from different media a chance to reunite. Megan Mullally, who starred with “The Light in the Piazza” nominee Victoria Clark in “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying,” said, “She should win, if there’s any justice.”
Mike Nichols wore a chainmail necktie to match the milieu of the musical he was nominated for helming, “Monty Python’s Spamalot.” “It’s been in my family for hundreds of years. It prevents anyone from sticking me right here,” he said, pointing to his heart.
Angela Bassett might have been looking for pointers when she said, “I haven’t been onstage since Lady Macbeth at the Public six years ago. I am a big fan of my husband,” she said of Courtney B. Vance, with whom she’ll star at the Guthrie Theater in “His Girl Friday.” “I’ve not done this sort of comedy onstage.”