A gaggle of newly blessed legit folks made their way to Times Square’s Millennium Hotel on Wednesday morning, many sporting sparkling “Tony nominee 2012” lapel pins.
Surprisingly, no one confessed to chanting, spinning in circles, standing on his head or burning incense as pre-nomination rituals.
Well, almost no one.
“I burn incense,” Michael Cerveris (nommed for “Evita”) revealed. “Regularly, at the theater. We have a fantastic vibe in my dressing room and evoke Argentina with old tango records on an actual LP record player and have pictures of Peron and Eva all over the place. But I don’t have a Tony ritual.”Rick Elice (nommed for “Peter and the Starcatcher”) noted, “There’s a fine line between ritual and superstition — and that fine line is therapy. I have a helpful woman I see at times like this on the Upper West Side and she keeps me on this side of rational behavior.”
Rob Ashford (nommed for “Evita”) claims not to “have a ritual. But I definitely try to keep the day of nominations jam-packed and busy. I don’t sleep great anyway but I think I sleep especially not great the night before. And I don’t medicate — I might have to change that someday.”
Josh Young (nommed for “Jesus Christ Superstar”) sang at an MTC gala Monday night, came home and turned off his phone, “because I didn’t want to wake up to sympathy calls.”
Steve Kazee (nommed for “Once”) spent his Monday night at a dive dart bar. “I do well at darts, it’s my secret special skill. I’m waiting for someone to write a dart musical,” he said.
As she exited the Millennium after her full morning of interviews, Audra McDonald (nommed for “Porgy and Bess”) readied herself for a matinee perf by spooning honey from a cup.