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Have you ever  dreamed of winning a Tony Award? Did you ever practice your Tony acceptance speech in the bathroom mirror?  Did you grow up watching the Tony Awards every year ? Do you have a collection of Tony Award shows on VHS tape that you refuse to throw out?

This is the podcast for you. Every week actress and podcast host Ilana Levine interviews your favorite Tony Award winners and together they go down memory lane as  guests share intimate and never before shared details about their Tony experience.

You will hear their reactions as they listen to their Tony speech again and feel like you are reliving the experience with them. Tears are shed- laughs are shared and it is a rare glimpse into what it really is to sit in Radio City and hear your name called and all the emotion and relief that comes with that  rare moment where fantasy and reality come together and the thing you have wished for your whole life has just come true and suddenly you have to walk down an aisle and step up on that stage and try to put into words how much this award means to you.

Welcome to “AND THE TONY GOES TO…”

By the end of each episode listeners will feel like THEY  have just won a Tony!

Theme song lyrics and music by Georgia Fumusa. Musical orchestration by Alexander Sage Oyen.

Part of the Broadway Podcast Network.

Excerpts from the Tony Awards used with permission of Tony Awards Productions. Copyright © 2022 by Tony Award Productions. All rights reserved.

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Ep14 - Tonya Pinkins (Jelly's Last Jam - 1992)

Ep14 – Tonya Pinkins (Jelly’s Last Jam – 1992)

Tonya Pinkins had a very complicated journey with the musical Jelly's Last Jam. From the very beginning she felt she was up against a cast that was not happy that she was replacing the original Anita in the show, she was away from home with her nine month old ...
Ep13 - Stephanie J. Block (The Cher Show - 2019)

Ep13 – Stephanie J. Block (The Cher Show – 2019)

Stephanie J. Block was no stranger to playing real people on Broadway having portrayed Liza Minnelli in The Boy From Oz so when director Jason Moore asked her to take on the role of Cher in the Broadway musical The Cher Show, she was quite trepidatious. A long meal with ...
Ep12 - Ruben Santiago-Hudson (Seven Guitars - 1996)

Ep12 – Ruben Santiago-Hudson (Seven Guitars – 1996)

Ruben Santiago-Hudson had dreamed of being in an August Wilson from the first time he was in the audience of Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom. He found himself crying during the play and realized he was not just deeply moved by the play and the actors in it but the ...
Ep11 - Kristin Chenoweth (You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown - 1999)

Ep11 – Kristin Chenoweth (You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown – 1999)

Kristin Chenoweth first auditioned for You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown, having no idea which character she was reading for. It wasn’t until she got to the first day of rehearsal and she looked at the place card by her seat and it read “Kristin Chenoweth as Sally Brown.” That ...
And the Award Goes To... - Ep10 - Laura Benanti (Gypsy - 2008)

Ep10 – Laura Benanti (Gypsy – 2008)

Laura Benanti dreamed of one thing and one thing only- performing on Broadway so winning a Tony Award for her role in Gypsy was the most amazing dream come true and one of the happiest moments of her life. What people may not know is that early on in the rehearsal process she walked out feeling ...
And the Award Goes To... - Ep9 - BD Wong (M. Butterly - 1988)

Ep9 – BD Wong (M. Butterfly – 1988)

When BD Wong asked his parents to lend him money to fly to New York for an audition for M. Butterfly he told them he was certain he would not get the job but he could not pass up the opportunity to meet the creative team. Well we ...


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