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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.

Excerpts from the Tony Awards used with permission of Tony Awards Productions. Copyright © 2023 by Tony Award Productions. All rights reserved.

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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 ...
And the Award Goes To Ep2 - James Monroe Iglehart (Aladdin - 2014)

Ep2 – James Monroe Iglehart (Aladdin – 2014)

James Monroe Iglehart grew up obsessed with Disney and Robin Williams ( the Genie in the film Aladdin) was his childhood hero. At 17 his graduation gift from his mother was going to see Aladdin so clearly the role of the Genie was his destiny but there were ...
Ep1 - Patti LuPone (Gypsy - 2008)

Ep1 – Patti LuPone (Gypsy – 2008)

In 2008 Patti LuPone won her second Tony Award.  She has been nominated a total of seven times.   Join host Ilana Levine and Patti  as they listen to  Patti’s 2008 acceptance speech and Patti takes  listeners on a trip down memory lane, recounting that evening and all that led up to her second ...


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