With the 2013 Tony Awards coming up on Sunday, we look back on what past Tony Award winners had to share about their craft, their journey, and advice they had for other actors.
Finneran won the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical for her inspired performance of Marge McDougal in “Promises, Promises.” In a tearful speech, Finneran had this to share with the “kids watching at home:” “Focus on what you love, because it is the greatest passport, it is the greatest roadmap to an extraordinarily blissful life.”
Ripley, who won the Tony Award for Best Leading Actress in a Musical for her performance of Diana Goodman in “Next to Normal,” discussed the importance of art in her powerful acceptance speech. “My degree from college is a BFA. It’s a fine art. Musical theater is a fine art, so it needs constant adjusting and constant tuning.”
Olivo took home the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical in 2009 for her portrayal of the iconic Anita in West Side Story.” In her acceptance speech, she dedicated her win to “everyone who has a dream.” “A lot of people said I couldn’t do this. I think that, if you stick with it and surround yourself with people who love you, you can do anything.”
Kazee took home the Tony Award for Best Leading Actor in a Musical for his portrayal of Guy in “Once,” and discussed the importance of remembering roots, dedicating his win to his ate mother, parting advice she once gave him: “stand up there and show them who’s little boy you are.”