2024 Tony Nominees Tear Up as They Thank Their Families | Playbill

Tony Awards 2024 Tony Nominees Tear Up as They Thank Their Families

We asked the nominees: "Who helped you get here?"

It takes a village to put together a show, and it takes a village to have a career in the arts. Playbill asked the 2024 Tony nominees to talk about the people who helped them get to where they are. Some discussed mentors and colleagues, and others turned to their families. Above, watch the Tony nominees movingly talk about the sacrifices their families made so they could have a career in the arts.

For The Outsiders' Sky Lakota-Lynch, he thought of his mom, who unequivocally supported his career: "She used to do all my audition tapes with me, and she's not an actress and English is not her first language."

For other nominees, they thought about their current families, who so willingly accommodate the atypical Broadway schedule—where work is usually done at night. Said Merrily We Roll Along's Lindsay Mendez, "My new husband [J. Alex Brinson] and our daughter Lucy—they come with me to the theatre and make me feel like I still get to be a mom."

Some of the nominees will become winners on Tony night, so consider the video above a preview of their acceptance speeches. 

The Tony Awards will kick off with The Tony Awards: Act One, a 90-minute pre-show of live and exclusive content hosted by Julianne Hough and Utkarsh Ambudkar streaming on Pluto TV's ET channel beginning at 6:30 PM ET. The 77th Annual Tony Awards will follow beginning at 8 PM ET, broadcasting live on CBS (check local listings) and streaming live via Paramount+, for subscribers with the Showtime add-on. All Paramount+ subscribers will have on demand access to the broadcast beginning June 17. Stage and screen star Ariana DeBose will be back for the third consecutive year to host.

For all things Tony Awards, visit Playbill.com/Tonys.

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