The Hollywood Reporter has been sitting down with actors and actresses for Oscar and Emmy roundtable discussions for several years, but this year they’re expanding eastward with their first ever Tonys roundtables.
The inaugural participants include best actress in a musical nominees Sutton Foster (Violet), Idina Menzel (If/Then), Jessie Mueller (Beautiful: The Carole King Story) and Kelli O’Hara (The Bridges of Madison County) as well as best actress in a play nominees Tyne Daly (Mothers and Sons) and LaTanya Richardson Jackson (A Raisin in the Sun).
As for the men, THR spoke to best actor in a musical nominees Neil Patrick Harris (Hedwig and the Angry Inch), Andy Karl (Rocky) and Jefferson Mays (A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder), best featured actor in a musical nominee James Monroe Iglehart (Aladdin) and best actor in a play nominees Chris O’Dowd (Of Mice and Men) and Tony Shalhoub (Act One).
Scott Feinberg–THR’s awards analyst–sat down with the Broadway stars to talk about their earliest performance memories, working in theater vs. film or television, the rituals that get them ready to go onstage and, of course, what they do on their days off. You can watch the interviews–along with some behind-the-scenes photoshoot footage, below.