In honor of our episode on Awards Season, we asked Broadway actors to share their favorite memories of the fast and furious time between when theatre award nominations are announced and the Tony Awards telecast. Today, we hear from friend of the podcast Alex Boniello (Spring Awakening).
"Deaf West's Spring Awakening was one of the most wild experiences of my life, and award season was no different."
"The cast had been discussing for a while about the possibility of our beautiful little show being nominated, but we really had no idea if it was going to happen. For those who don't remember, our show had ended its limited engagement in January, and Tony nominations came out in May. It's very rare for a show to be remembered with an honor when the gap between closing and nominations is so big. Not only that, but last year was STACKED with incredible revivals."
"I remember waking up early and going over to Kathryn Gallagher's apartment with Alex Wyse and Andy Mientus, and we waited and turned on the TV."
"When our show was called, we actually flipped out. It was just the best. And then, when Michael Arden's name was called for Best Director, we may as well have been dead."
"Cut to a few weeks later (and a few thousand dollars of Kickstarter money later) we were rehearsing to perform on the Tony Awards. We had to re-learn choreography and intricate cueing patterns for our Deaf cast mates within four days, after five months of not performing the show."
"This was the biggest award we could have ever gotten. We got to show the world what Deaf performers can do to an audience of a few million people on CBS. I was also, personally, very lucky that one of my character's songs was the one selected to perform."
"I'm still recovering from fully blacking out from nerves for that performance one year later."