Tony Awards Live: Nominees spill secrets on the red carpet

New York, New York – TAG24 NEWS was on the red carpet at this year's Tony Awards celebrating Broadway's best, and we had some fun asking nominees and presenters to spill their secrets.

We asked theater's best – including Kara Young (l.) and Utkarsh Ambudkar (r.) – to make a confession on the red carpet of the Tony Awards, held at Radio City Music Hall.
We asked theater's best – including Kara Young (l.) and Utkarsh Ambudkar (r.) – to make a confession on the red carpet of the Tony Awards, held at Radio City Music Hall.  © Collage: Lena Grotticelli

The forecasted rain held off in New York City on Sunday night, as TAG24 took to the red carpet to take in the glitz and glam of the 75th annual Tony Awards.

Before the live TV broadcast got underway from Radio City Music Hall, stars showed up and showed out for the first full out red carpet since the Covid-19 pandemic blew through and shut down theater in The Big Apple.

We asked the theater VIPs to share a secret with us – and the answers did not disappoint.

Emilio Sosa, chair of the American Theater Wing and also a nominee for Best Costume Design for the play Trouble in Mind, had an amusing response.

"I would love some bread," he spilled. "I haven't had bread in a week to get into this jacket."

Actor and rapper Utkarsh Ambudkar – aka UTK the INC and known for his onscreen roles in Pitch Perfect and The Mindy Project – made a saucy confession before his stint as a Tonys presenter.

"I would leave my wife for Bernadette Peters in a heartbeat," the star said without hesitating. That's Broadway royalty Bernadette Peters he's talking about, of course.

"Babe, I didn't mean it. I'm so sorry," he quickly announced to his wife, before quipping: "Bernadette – I totally meant it."

Utkarsh Ambudkar told TAG24 he would leave his wife for Bernadette Peters (l.), who stunned on this year's red carpet in an off-the-shoulder gown. At the end of the carpet, Broadway star Jenn Colella (r.) hosted a Wall of Inspiration for celebs to sign, in honor of 75 years of the Tony Awards.
Utkarsh Ambudkar told TAG24 he would leave his wife for Bernadette Peters (l.), who stunned on this year's red carpet in an off-the-shoulder gown. At the end of the carpet, Broadway star Jenn Colella (r.) hosted a Wall of Inspiration for celebs to sign, in honor of 75 years of the Tony Awards.  © Collage: Lena Grotticelli

Tony Awards: A Strange Loop cast confesses

Broadway stars of A Strange Loop, Antwayn Hopper (l.) and James Jackson Jr (r.), spilled their secrets to TAG24.
Broadway stars of A Strange Loop, Antwayn Hopper (l.) and James Jackson Jr (r.), spilled their secrets to TAG24.  © Collage: Lena Grotticelli

We also caught up with cast members from the musical A Strange Loop – the most nominated show of the year – who were dressed to the nines and ready to spill the beans.

"I'm so nervous, unbelievably nervous!" said James Jackson Jr., dressed in a purple and black crystal-encrusted suit.

"I secretly want to win every award possible," Antwayn Hopper confessed, rocking one of our favorite red carpet looks of the night in a white open v-neck suit with gold swirl embellishments.

With A Strange Loop as the front-runner among the nominees, he's surely in the running to take home plenty.

Tony Awards: Deep secrets and grateful hearts

Nominees Charlie Rosen (l.) and Warren Carlyle (r.) spoke to the TAG24, while Joaquina Kalukango (c.) – nominee for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical – got some red carpet assistance for her dress, which was designed by her sister.
Nominees Charlie Rosen (l.) and Warren Carlyle (r.) spoke to the TAG24, while Joaquina Kalukango (c.) – nominee for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical – got some red carpet assistance for her dress, which was designed by her sister.  © Collage: Lena Grotticelli

Other nominees took a more introspective route with their revelations.

Charlie Rosen, nominee for Best Orchestrations for A Strange Loop, said he felt the night brought a sense of relief.

"These particular Tony Awards, I just feel like I can finally take a breath. I feel like live theater is finally happening again. Jesus Christ, my career is safe," Rosen told TAG24.

"It's an incredibly exciting and adrenaline filled night."

Kara Young, nominee for Best Actress for a Featured Role in a Play for Clyde's, shined in a metallic orange dress with a daring chest cutout and sweeping train designed by Christian Siriano. She took a deep breath, and spilled her secret with eyes closed.

"It feels like there's a ball of gratitude in my heart," she said. "I just wanna scream out to the skies, and say, 'Thank you for this moment!'"

"I'm trying to play it cool," Best Projection Design nominee Nicholas Hussong admitted. "But really [inside], it's like I'm just a little kid like bouncing around."

Powerhouse director and choreographer Warren Carlyle, nominated for his work this year in The Music Man, simply said what was on everyone's minds: "I love Broadway!"

It was the not-so-secret confession that everyone on Tonys night had in common.

Cover photo: Collage: Lena Grotticelli

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