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And the Award Goes To…


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.

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Ep17 - Donna Murphy (Passion - 1994)

Ep17 – Donna Murphy (Passion – 1994)

“Everyone needs a good mole joke” is how five time nominee and two time Tony Award winner Donna Murphy made the audience howl with laughter during her acceptance speech for her stunning portrayal of Fosca in the Sondheim/Lapine musical, Passion. According to Mr. Sondheim when he heard Donna sing at her audition ...
Ep16 - John Lloyd Young (Jersey Boys - 2006)

Ep16 – John Lloyd Young (Jersey Boys – 2006)

On the night John Lloyd Young won his Tony the stars who announced his category were Harry Belafonte and Glenn Close! During his emotional speech where he disclosed that his mother had died when he was only two years old, Mr. Young went on to dedicate his award to ...
Ep15 - Heather Hitchens (President and CEO of The American Theater Wing)

Ep15 – Heather Hitchens (President and CEO of The American Theater Wing)

The first Tony Awards ceremony took place on Easter Sunday in 1947. It was a small affair where awards were handed out to notable artists of the day. Some of the winners that evening included actress, Patricia Neal and playwright, Arthur Miller. The ceremony was not televised and took ...
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 ...


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