(Photo by Emilio Madrid for Broadway.com)
It’s days away from Broadway’s biggest night and Broadway Show with Tamsen Fadal celebrates its first Tony nominations. He sat down with Broadway.com Editor-in-Chief Paul Wontorek. Girl from the North Country Jeanette Bayardelle To The Skin of Our Teeth Gabby Beans, POTUS’ Rachel Dratch, MJ‘s Myles Frost and Take me out’s Michael Oberholtzer. Here is a snippet of this special episode!
Gabby Beans was studying neuroscience and was preparing to take her MCAT and go to medical school when she decided to apply to acting school. She is now a Tony nominee for her performance in the lead role in Lincoln Center Theater’s remake of Thornton Wilder’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play. The Skin of Our Teeth. “I got the job I could get and luckily for me, it’s been with and working with some really amazing experimental Black writers. [director] Lileana Blain-Cruz is pretty comprehensive,” Beans said, “I’m really grateful to have been poured into this. It’s a funny difference to be doing the whole Tonys thing. But this is great. I feel like it’s washing over me like a dream and enjoying everything that comes along.”
The Skin of Our Teeth A hearty three-act play in which Beans rarely leaves the stage as Sabina, the Antrobus family’s fourth-wall-breaking maid, while also guiding the audience. “I read the play when I auditioned and my first reaction was ‘What’s going on?’ And then my second reaction was, ‘This is an incredible episode.’ It happened,” said Beans. “And to be honest, when I auditioned, I thought there was no way I would get it. It’s such a big role. It’s a very meaty role. I guess that’s why my audition went well. I was free. I presented a crazy idea and luckily Lileana Blain-Cruz accepted it.” ”
Beans’ first Tony nomination was punctuated with extra sensitivity due to the timely recognition. “In 2020, we saw the theater industry taking care of itself and asking tough questions about who we let tell stories, whose stories are valuable, and so on,” he said. “It’s an incredible feeling to be a part of this reopening season and to see Black creators being given huge stages to showcase their talents and tell our stories. Lincoln Center Theater did a really cool thing by hiring Lileana Blain-Cruz. The resident director. I think this is a must watch. really good example: giving black artists a home so they can produce work over time. I’m optimistic, so I hope this moment is indicative of a larger sea of change. By giving blacks, queers, and people of color such positions of power in institutions, a more lasting change I think we can do it.”
Will beans ever go back to medicine? “The jury is out but yeah, I think acting will stand out for now,” she said. “I’ve always had a brain. That’s really cool. Have you ever held a human brain? It’s really heavy. Really, I still love neuroscience. I read magazines when I get the chance and stuff like that. neuroscience and acting are two sides of the same coin. it’s just about human behavior and life.” It’s an interest in how we experience it and what it means to be alive as a human being. I still feel like I’m doing the same work, but just in a different way.”
Broadway Show with Tamsen Fadal The 2022 Tony Awards Special airs all weekend on more than 100 stations nationwide and on PIX11 in New York City on Sunday, June 12 at Tony’s 6:30 PM ET.
Broadway Show Credit: Directed by Zack R. Smith | Executive Producers: Tamsen Fadal, John Gore, Lauren Reid and Rich Jaffe | Tony Shoot Producers: Paul Wontorek, Caitlin Moynihan and Lindsey Sullivan | Cameramen: Alexander Goyco, Mark Hayes and Nick Shakra | Production assistant: Joanne Villani
Contributors to the photo: Photo by Emilio Madrid | Style: Eliza Yerry and Maggy Francois (for Myles Frost) | Hair/Makeup: Rachel Estabrook and Earon Nealey | Photo assistant: Alan Padilla