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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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And the Award Goes To... - Ep8 - John Benjamin Hickey

Ep8 – John Benjamin Hickey (The Normal Heart – 2011)

When Ilana, host of AND THE AWARD GOES TO.. had the privilege of talking to John Benjamin Hickey - the winner of The Tony Award for The Normal Heart- it was the day after Larry Kramer had died so it was so timely and beautiful to have this ...
And the Award Goes To... - Ep7 - Cynthia Nixon (Rabbit Hole - 2006)

Ep7 – Cynthia Nixon (Rabbit Hole – 2006)

A self described “theater junkie” Cynthia Nixon has been in love with  the theater for her entire life, She was cast in her first Broadway role at the age of 14- the play was The Philadelphia Story.  Her ability to inhabit a role and bring us into the world of ...
And the Award Goes To... - Ep6 - Norbert Leo Butz (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels- 2005)

Ep6 – Norbert Leo Butz (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels- 2005)

Growing up in the midwest the seventh of eleven children- Norbert Leo Butz was surprisingly unaware of The Tony Awards. If he had practiced any speech in his bathroom mirror it most likely would have been for the Academy Awards or Grammy Awards yet here he is - ...
And the Award Goes To... - Ep5 - Nikki M. James (Book of Mormon - 2011)

Ep5 – Nikki M. James (Book of Mormon – 2011)

When Nikki M. James was in kindergarten her teacher invited her to sing in a school performance. It was obvious to everyone that she was exceptionally talented but what became clear to Nikki, even at this young age, was that she found her passion. That love of performing ...
And the Award Goes To... - Ep4 - Judith Light

Ep4 – Judith Light (Isabelle Stevenson special Tony Award – 2019)

In 2019 Judith Light, one of the most beloved members of the Broadway community, was awarded the Isabelle Stevenson special Tony Award for her fierce advocacy on behalf of those affected by HIV AIDS and the LGBTQ+ community. Her passion for the causes she believes in , her fierce loyalty to ...
And the Award Goes To... - Ep3 - Karen Olivo (West Side Story - 2009)

Ep3 – Karen Olivo (West Side Story – 2009)

“This is a story about love” is how Arthur Laurents- writer and director of West Side Story- described the show to Karen Olivo who was cast as Anita. He went on to say “You fight because you love. The hate you feel is because you fear the thing you love ...


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