With his long chestnut hair falling over his wire-rimmed glasses, former Marylander John Glover yelled a joyous "Thank you!" after receiving the best featured actor Tony Award last night for his performance in "Love! Valour! Compassion!"
It was the first Tony nomination for Glover, who was raised in Salisbury and was the first theater major to graduate from what was then called Towson State Teachers College.
Calling from Sardi's Restaurant only moments after his triumph, an exuberant Glover exclaimed: "I'm telling you I can't describe what that feeling is like when they said my name, but, boy, I hope everybody in their lifetime could have it once, it's such a rush."
The award, presented by Patrick Stewart, recognizes his tour de force portrayal of a pair of British twins who are identical in appearance but opposite in temperament -- nasty John Jeckyll and his nice brother James. Glover's competition included two of his fellow cast members: Stephen Bogardus and Anthony Heald.
In his acceptance speech, Glover, 50, said, "Listen, I've been knocking around this business for 30-plus years . . . but never worked with a company as amazing." He also hailed Terrence McNally's script -- about eight gay men who spend three holiday weekends together -- as a "funny, brilliant play that has the power to change people's lives."
To recover from the excitement of the awards, Glover said he planned to spend part of today at New York's old Russian Baths, where he would "get a massage and just relax." He added that "whatever the next job is, I think it's going to be very difficult because this play is such an amazing play and this role is such an amazing role."
Before the ceremony, Glover had said that if he won the Tony, he hoped it would "help up the status of the theater department at zTC Towson State" and help raise funds for the scholarship he established there in his name three years ago.