The winners of the 2014 Tony Awards converged backstage with their glittering new hardware in hand. Here's a look at the emotional outbursts, moments of hilarity and off-the-cuff confessions from the press room on Broadway's biggest night.
Best Leading Actor in a Play winner Bryan Cranston ("All the Way") referenced his iconic role as drug-cooking dealer on "Breaking Bad" while explaining his attraction to stage acting. Performing in front of a live audience is a drug, he explained.
Cranston was more reserved about whether or not he would reprise his role as Lyndon Johnson in Robert Schenkkan's follow-up, "The Great Society."
"It almost feels like when you've just had a baby and people say 'you're going to have another one,'" Cranston said.
Best Actress in a Play winner Audra McDonald ("Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill") made history by becoming the first person to earn Tonys in all four acting categories. Backstage she graciously thanked women such as Lena Horne and Billie Holiday, the jazz singer she plays on stage, for breaking barriers of race and gender.
"Because of the fights that they fought, I am able to be here," McDonald said.
Best Featured Actor in a Musical winner James Monroe Iglehart will celebrate his Tony win for playing the Genie in "Aladdin" in grand style...and he will most certainly be getting asked if he wants fries with that.
"My wife and I are going to McDonald's," Iglehart said.
"It keeps us humble, it keeps us grounded," he added.
Though he's now won theater's highest honor, there's one more trophy he has yet to claim. Iglehart said he hopes to become the first People Magazine's "Sexiest Man Alive" to have no abs.
Meanwhile, there was talk of those whose performances didn't get recognized.
"Yes, Denzel was snubbed," said Best Direction of a Play winner Kenny Leon ("Raisin in the Sun").
Denzel Washington failed to grab a Tony nomination for his acclaimed work in the revival of Lorraine Hansberry's masterpiece. However, Leon shared a moment of joy with the assembled press. As he was fielding questions, Sophie Okonedo picked up a statue for Best Actress in a Featured Role for her work in the play.
"Yes, yes, yes," Leon exclaimed.
"She works harder than anyone," he added.
He added that he hoped his award inspires economically disenfranchised people to reach for their dreams.
"This gives voice to a lot of people in this country who grew up poor," Leon said.
Okonedo returned the compliment, crediting him with believing that an English actress like herself could play an American from Chicago's South Side.
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