Do you have any advice for Neil Patrick Harris as he prepares to host the Tony awards?
“He'll do better than me. He shouldn’t listen to anything I say.”
Will you be inspired by the musical Hair and strip onstage when you host the Tony awards?
“No, I leave that for the hippies.”
—Neil Patrick Harris
How did you react when the Obamas showed up to your play Joe Turner's Come and Gone last weekend?
“It was pandemonium! They had to hold people back who were in danger of falling down into the audience.”
—Roger Robinson (getty images)
Are there any challenges when you perform Shakespeare in the Park?
“You sweat. Everybody calls it Bikram in the Park. So I’m going to lose some weight, which is good.”
Are you excited for Neil Patrick Harris to host the Tony awards?
“I saw him at a luncheon and was like, ‘Are you gonna dance?’ and he goes, ‘Nobody’s there to see me dance,’ and I’m like, ‘I am. You dance for me, Neil Patrick Harris.’”
How did you celebrate your Best Actor Tony-award nomination for Billy Elliot?
“I finished my meal without throwing up, which I think is quite an accomplishment.”
—Kate Jennings Grant
Since you're British, is there a difference between British awards shows and American ones?
“We probably do care about it just as much, but we pretend we don’t.”
Your character in 9 to 5 is an asshole. Do you draw on personal experience?
“I bet you the girls would have a lot to say about that.”
Since your new book is about aging, did anything surprise you about this topic?
“I didn’t know that once it all started to fall, it would fall so fast.”
—Kathie Lee Gifford
—J. Robert Spencer
How does your cast compare to the original cast of Hair?
“The original cast told us crazy stories of dropping acid during the show. We’re backstage drinking tea and warming up quietly. We’re the polar opposite in demeanor.”