(CBS) — There are some Chicago connections to the Tony Awards being handed out tonight for the best of Broadway.
Two Chicago actors are up for Tony’s as the best leads in a play. Tracy Letts and Amy Morton, both from Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theater, were nominated for their roles as the dysfunctional George and Martha in a revival of Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf.
Letts has won a Tony before as the writer of August/Osage County, a hit at Steppenwolf before it moved to Broadway. He says being nominated as an actor this time is different.
“When you write it, you feel like you are the captain of the ship and responsible for everything. When you are in it, you are just a guy working in the ship,” said Letts.
Also two musicals up for Tony’s tonight, played in Chicago before they went to Broadway. One is Kinky Boots, created by Cyndi Lauper and Harvey Fierstein. The other is a musical adaptation of Jean Shepard’s A Christmas Story.