Regarding his gender-bending, musical turn as Hedwig in the long-awaited revival, he says, "That part is so unlike anything I have ever wanted to do, and ever been able to do or ever thought I could do."
Sutton Foster Violet
Despite the musical originally being conceived as a one-night-only event, she was wooed to continue the run: "I wasn't actively looking for something to come back to New York with, but it felt perfect."
Kelli O'Hara The Bridges of Madison County
Digging deep into the musical based on the 1992 novel, she says, "My nights were filled with cathartic experiences about my past, my present and future. That was the most fulfilling ride I've taken in a long time."
"I knew I wanted to be a Disney character, I just didn't know how the heck it was going to happen," he says. His wish was granted with the role of Genie.
Tyne Daly Mothers and Sons
Rejecting the idea of a "theater actress" versus a "TV actress," Daly, who has excelled as both, says, "The category thing is ridiculous. You should be able to apply your talent wherever you get a chance to apply it."
Jessie Mueller Beautiful: The Carole King Story
Turns out King wasn't so far away. She "stopped by one night, and that was pretty cool," Mueller says of a surprise appearance, during post-show bows, by the legendary singer-songwriter she portrays.
Jefferson Mays A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder
On playing eight characters in the musical, he says, "It's more athletic than artistic sometimes. Everything happens so quickly, and I am in perpetual motion."
2014 Tony Awards Best Actress Nominees Kelli O'Hara, Idinia Menzel, LaTanya Richardson Jackson, Tyne Daly, Jessie Mueller, and Sutton Foster photographed May 23, 2014 at Jack Studios in New York.