It’s safe to say that roughly 100% of aspiring Broadway actors have, at one point, practiced their Tony acceptance speech in the shower (or the living room, or the bedroom… wherever). But only a few ever get to experience the real thrill of taking home the Great White Way’s top honor. So after years of dreaming about this new piece of decor, where does one put it, exactly? Broadway Spin asked some living legends that very question and it out that Tonys live in a wide variety of locales.
“I keep my Tony in a corner. I should give it to my parents,” Tony Award winner Kelli O’Hara admitted. (ICYMI, she won Best Lead Actress Tony in 2015 for her role as Anna in The King and I… but she was also nominated for Best Lead Actress in 2005, 2006, 2008, 2012, and 2014. Seriously.) “Right now it’s in a little room, in a corner on top of a shelf,” she added, “But I can see it once in a while and it makes me happy.”
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Heads up: David Hyde Pierce does not want to talk about his Tony award. “I’m not telling you that. It’s very personal,” the Frasier alum snapped when we asked. (Oops!)
“I keep it on my dresser at home,” Hedwig and the Angry Itch alum Lena Hall explained. “I take it to my auditions actually. Like, I don’t have a resume or a headshot. Instead: ‘Here’s my Tony!'”
OK, so let’s just start with this. This woman has SIX Tony Awards. SIX. We don’t even have that many salad plates in our house. So, when you have SIX TONY AWARDS, where do you keep them all? “Eh, they’re spread out around the house,” the Shuffle Along star shrugged. “Between me and my husband, we have four kids and two dogs — and the oldest kid is 16 and the youngest kid is 6 months — so you can imagine all of the stuff that’s around our house! We still have more Tony Awards than kids, but we have many more Legos than Tony Awards.” #GOALS
You may recognize Betty Buckley from her recent stint starring opposite James McAvoy in M. Night Shyamalan’s box office hit Split — but before that, she won the Tony for Best Featured Actress in a Musical for her role in the original production of Cats. So, where does that coveted prize live now? “On top of my little Steinway piano in my music room,” she revealed. “I have a little black upright Steinway that I shopped for in New York in several piano stores. I took one of my favorite pianists to play the same piece of music over and over again until I heard the sound of the piano that I wanted. I found this little piano and it’s traveled with me in all my various homes. I’ve lived in apartments in New York and now in my ranch in Texas. It’s a beautiful little piano.” In other words, she really, really likes her piano.
Sex and the City alum Cynthia Nixon recently took home her second Tony Award for her turn opposite Laura Linney in The Little Foxes. (She won a Best Lead Actress Tony back in 2006 for Rabbit Hole.) Asked in press room what she was going to do with the new one, she quipped, “Well, I don’t know. I have one already and it sits on my piano, so I’ll see if they like each other. If they like each other, they can share the same space. If not, I’ll have to find another place for this one.”