“YOU’RE NEVER FULLY DRESSED WITHOUT A SMILE”
Ladies and gents,
And just like that, another Broadway season has come and gone. On Monday, an esteemed panel of experts will decide on this year’s crop of
Tony Awards nominees, and we will be thusly thrust into the grueling, approximately six-week period known as “Awards Season.” Here is some worthy advice for first time nominees:
1) Book your glam squad early – there are only so many top hair and make-up artists willing to work for “theater rates,” and everyone is getting glammed for the same events on the same nights (I’m looking at you, Mondays in May) – so your first call after they read your name on Tuesday morning should NOT be to NY1, but rather to your groomers!
2) Take your own photos along the way. Broadway’s dedicated crew of red carpet photographers always promise, “I’ll email it to you!” They never get around to it. If you want a shot of you with your fellow nominees, your lifelong idol, or just a shot of that borrowed outfit that makes you look 10 pounds thinner, have someone snap it with your own cell phone.
3) Keep your remarks brief. Every single chance you have to speak in public between Tuesday, May 1 and Sunday, June 10 is a campaign moment. The fastest way to lose votes faster than Donald Trump in a room of porn stars is to drone on and on. Be brief, be humble, and – when possible – be funny! (Oh, and don’t be afraid to be a little outrageous when appropriate. I know a former Best Actress nominee who won a handful of votes for using the “C-word” in her acceptance speech at the Broadway.com Awards.)
4) Drink lots and lots of water. The best way to get a red-carpet glow (other than getting yourself knocked up two weeks before Tony Sunday) is to be hydrated as hell. I’m talking no less than four liters each day for all six weeks.
5) Stop complaining and have fun! Yeah, I know – it’s a lot of events. And if you’re a performer, it’s a lot of events on top of that insane 8-a-week schedule. But it isn’t just an honor to be
nominated – it’s what you’ve worked your whole life for. It’s hard, it’s tiring, and it’s temporary. And when it’s all over, you’re going to miss it. So try to maintain perspective and stay in the
Congratulations to everyone on magnificent season!
Tidbits from around town…
Overheard … a woman thanking Bravo star Bethany Frankel for all the work she has done to aid recovery efforts in Puerto Rico.
Spotted … Danny Aiello dining on pork chops at Gallaghers.
Saw … Children of a Lesser God star Joshua Jackson aboard the uptown 1 train. Stars really are
just like us.
Caught … Lawrence O’Donnell buying potato chips at Duane Reade. “Let me guess, Larry. Stress eating?” “Don’t call me Larry, Scoop. We barely know each other.”
As always, a toast of something sparkling to you and yours,