'I've Never Said That Before': 2023 Tony Nominees React to Their New Title | Playbill

Tony Awards 'I've Never Said That Before': 2023 Tony Nominees React to Their New Title

For many, including Lee Daniels and Betsy Wolfe, it's their first time saying those words. And, Playbill was there to capture their reactions.

Bonnie Milligan, NaTasha Yvette Williams, Stephen McKinley Henderson, and Nikki Crawford

How does it feel to call yourself a Tony nominee? For the 2023 Tony nominees, it looks like it feels pretty darn good.

Playbill asked this year's nominated artists to introduce themselves. What initially seemed like a simple prompt led to a variety of reactions: from Amber Ruffin's (Some Like It Hot) chuckle of disbelief, to Lee Daniels (Ain't No Mo') proclaiming, "I'm finally a Tony nominee," to Betsy Wolfe (& Juliet) marveling, "I've never said that before!"

See their very pure reactions in the video below. 

Check back with Playbill for the latest news and analysis around Broadway's top honors, all the way to the big night. The Tony Awards were originally slated to broadcast June 11 as a two-part special with the pre-show kicking off on Pluto TV and the main awards ceremony on CBS. But due to the current strike by the Writers Guild of America, the details are unclear as what this year's ceremony will look like. As of May 15, the WGA announced that they would not picket the Tonys, so the show will go on. With June 11 less than a month away, further details on this year's Tony Awards celebration should be revealed imminently. Playbill will continue reporting as soon as more is known.

See Playbill's portraits of the Tony nominees below. 

Check Out Portraits of the 2023 Tony Award Nominees

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