Tony Award Winners on Downstage Center

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Joe Mantello (2011 Tony Award nominee for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play for his performance in “The Normal Heart”; 2004 Tony Award winner for Best Direction of a Musical for “Assassins” and 2003 Tony Award winner for
Jason Robert Brown (1999 Tony Award winner for Best Original Score for “Parade”), who prefers the title "songwriter" over "composer," talks about why he spends so much time performing his own material and engaging directly with his fans. He di
From London, National Theatre artistic director Nicholas Hytner (2006 Tony Award winner for Best Direction of a Play for “The History Boys”; 1994 Tony Award winner for Best Direction of a Musical for “Carousel”) talks about his tenure leading t
Acclaimed for his works of fiction, non-fiction, philosophy, and theatre, Michael Frayn (2000 Tony Award winner for Best Play for “Copenhagen”) discusses how he determines when an idea is right for the stage when he has multiple forms to choose
Manhattan Theatre Club’s Executive Producer Barry Grove (Tony Award winner for Best Play in 2005 for “Doubt, 2001 for “Proof”, and 1995 for “Love! Valour! Compassion!”) talks about his three-and-half decades of partnership with Lynne Meadow at
Stockard Channing (1985 Tony Award winner for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play for “Joe Egg”) discusses her work in Jon Robin Baitz's new play “Other Desert Cities”, acknowledging the ambiguity of the character for the
Playwright/director George C. Wolfe (1993 Tony Award winner for Best Direction of a Play for “Angels in America”; 1996 Tony Award winner for Best Direction of a Musical for “Bring in ‘da Noise/Bring in ‘da Funk”) discusses the seven year develo
“The Addams Family” and “Elf's” lighting designer Natasha Katz (2000 Tony Award winner for Best Lighting Design of a Musical for “Aida”; 2007 Tony Award winner for Best Lighting Design of a Play for “The Coast of Utopia”) talks about the path o
Composer John Kander (Tony Award winner for Best Original Score in 1967 for “Cabaret”, 1981 for “Woman of the Year”, and 1993 for “Kiss of the Spider-Woman”) talks about his decades-long collaboration with Fred Ebb, with particular focus on the
South African playwright Athol Fugard (Recipient of the 2011 Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement) discusses his newest work, “The Train Driver”, during rehearsals at the Long Wharf Theatre, and explains why this play marks the end of a stage in
One of the greatest classical actors of his generation, Sir Ian McKellen (1981 Tony Award winner for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play for “Amadeus”) reflects on his more than 50 years on stage, explaining that he's reall
Playwright Alfred Uhry (1997 Tony Award winner for Best Play for “The Last Night of Ballyhoo”; 1999 Tony Award winner for Best Book of a Musical for “Parade”) recalls the original production of “Driving Miss Daisy” in 1987 at Playwrights Horizo
Veteran director Daniel Sullivan (2001 Tony Award Winner for Best Direction of a Play for “Proof”) talks about his suddenly busy 2010-11 Broadway season, which will see transfers of his productions of “Time Stands Still” from Manhattan Theatre
Costume designer Martin Pakledinaz (Tony Award winner for Best Costume Design of a Musical in 2000 for “Kiss Me Kate” and 2002 for “Thoroughly Modern Millie”) talks about creating the clothes for the recent Broadway revival of “Lend Me A Tenor”
Veteran director Jerry Zaks (Tony Award winner for Best Direction of a Play in 1986 for “The House of Blue Leaves”, in 1989 for “Lend Me a Tenor”, and in 1991 for “Six Degrees of Separation”; 1992 Tony Award winner for Best Direction of a Music
“Promises, Promises” scene stealer Katie Finneran (2010 Tony Award winner for Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical for “Promises, Promises”; 2002 Tony Award winner for Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Play for “Noises
Douglas Hodge, who appears as Albin in the current Broadway revival of the musical “La Cage aux Folles” (for which he won the Tony Award in 2010 for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical), explains what appealed to him abo
Scenic designer Christine Jones (2010 Tony Award winner for Best Scenic Design of a Musical for “American Idiot”) discusses the development of “American Idiot” from album to Broadway musical, including when she came into the creative process an
“Collected Stories” star Linda Lavin (1987 Tony Award winner for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in “Broadway Bound”) discusses why she's playing the role of Ruth Steiner in Donald Margulies' play for a fourth time, likens the
While appearing the new comedy “White's Lies”, Betty Buckley (1983 Tony Award winner for Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical for “Cats”) talks about the career that has taken her from Texas to New York to London and b
During her month in the cast of the Off-Broadway comedy “Love, Loss and What I Wore”, Shirley Knight (1976 Tony Award winner for Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play for “Kennedy’s Children”) discusses the appeal of the "
Janet McTeer (1997 Tony Award winner for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play for “A Doll’s House”) talks about her experiences in “God of Carnage”, having starred in the play's London premiere (where the characters were s
The "resident character woman" of Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Rondi Reed (2008 Tony Award winner for Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play for “August: Osage County”), talks about her current stint as Madame Mor
Gregory Mosher, director of the current Broadway revival of Arthur Miller's “A View from the Bridge” (Tony Award winner for Anything Goes and Our Town), talks about how he initiated the production himself, personally approached Liev Schreiber a
Veteran scenic designer John Lee Beatty (1980 Tony Award winner for Best Scenic Design for “Talley’s Folley”; 12 other Tony nominations for Scenic Design, including for “Doubt” in 2005 and “The Royal Family” in 2010), currently represented in N
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