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8 moments you didn’t see on the Tony Awards telecast

As winners graced the media room on June 11, they shared intimate reactions, personal stories and cut-off speeches.

Jodie Comer in the media room at the 2023 Tony Awards (Credit: Cindy Ord/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions)

The camera team at the Tony Awards worked arduously to film the action onstage at the United Palace from every angle: close-ups, proscenium views, crane shots, rotating steadicam movement. And yet, there’s one angle the broadcast doesn’t capture: the media room.

After winners at the 2023 ceremony accepted their trophies and delivered meaningful speeches, town cars whisked them away to the nearby media room, where they greeted the press. Many of this year’s winners offered up gems that should be heard in full. Below, Broadway News shares unforgettable remarks from eight Tony winners.

On identity: Brandon Uranowitz, Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play, “Leopoldstadt”
“This play has reconnected me with a part of my identity that I feel like I had put on the back burner for a really long time. I feel like there was part of me that — in subtle ways — resented the fact that I was only allowed to play Jewish characters and only allowed to play these Jewish sidekicks. And there was a part of my identity that I felt a little resentment towards. And this has flipped that. And I feel like confronting it and embracing it in this way is the biggest reason why I’m actually here holding this. Because I feel a deep sense of pride now, and it has connected me, this play, to my ancestors and my family and my roots in a way that I hadn’t really known as deeply before.”

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