Nominated for Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical, “On a Clear Day You Can See Forever”
“I’ve always dreamed about being nominated. I think everybody thinks about what they’d say in their Tony speech. But honestly, it just feels like, ‘Oh, this is happening to me? This is what happens to other people!’ I’m shocked! I’m truly honored, but it’s really hard to grasp. Last night, I was a part of an event in Chicago for the National Corporate Theatre Fund and Harry Connick was receiving an award. So I was hanging out with all those people, and then woke up to a call from my agent and she said, ‘Wake up, you’ve been nominated for a Tony!’ I wasn’t expecting it at all. I’m so grateful, but I was not expecting it. My boyfriend Andy and I kinda looked at each other and we were like, ‘OK, I guess this is happening!’ I’m grateful and overwhelmed and shocked; it’s crazy. I immediately called my parents and told them the news, and it’s just been an outpouring of love from all my friends from Chicago. It’s been a whirlwind since I got here, and I’m so humbled and grateful by the way the community has embraced me. I feel amazingly lucky to have been a part of the show and to be recognized in this way, and alongside these women—it’s really incredible.”
Watch Jessie and Harry Connick Jr. perform a medley taken from the View:
Also, congratulations to Condola Rashad who nabbed a nomination for Best Featured Performance by an Actress in a Play, for “Stick Fly”. Read our review of this spectacular play written by Lydia R. Diamond, which was presented by Alicia Keys. This marked Rashad’s debut on Broadway and when the actress heard about the play ending its relatively short run on Broadway, she was pleased to learn she landed a role in the remake of the film, “Steel Magnolias”. Both the upcoming film and “Stick Fly” were directed by Kenny Leon. Rashad’s mother, Phylicia Rashad, is set to star alongside her daughter in the Lifetime production featuring an all-black cast. Phylicia is also the first African American actress to win a Tony for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play.