At Tonys, noms play the waiting game

On red carpet, attempts are made to ease nerves before the big show

To quell his nerves before the big show, “Clybourne Park’s” Jeremy Shamos, nommed for best featured actor, decided to read a few Tony predictions printed online.

“I’m glad I read it,” the thesp said on the red carpet outside the Beacon Theater on Broadway. “It was a relief, because I’m not predicted to win, so I can actually enjoy myself tonight.” Yet, despite of his underdog status, Shamos said he “mentally prepared” an acceptance speech.

Nominated “Newsies” director, Jeff Calhoun said that after taking a peek at the predictions, he didn’t bother preparing a list of people to thank.

“You say you aren’t going to look, but then it’s three in the morning and you can’t help yourself,” he said of the predictions list. “But, win or no win, I’ll be doing a lot of crying tonight. I’m very emotional. It’s embarrassing, but I can’t help it. I’m a crier.”

“Nice Work If You Can Get It” nominee Judy Kaye wasn’t stressing.

“I’ve won once, lost twice,” Kaye said. “I’m not nervous. I’m actually enjoying this.”

Still the thesp admitted she was disappointed the show’s leading man, Matthew Broderick, did not nab a nom.

“I don’t think anybody realizes what a special thing he is doing, because he makes it look so easy,” said Kaye.

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