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Tom Hanks Rides The Subway, And Other Factlets I Just Got At A Tony Awards Event


This week’s column is a rollicking romp through a Tony nominees’ meet-and-greet event, where Tom Hanks told me what people do to him on the subway, how his play was changed in rehearsal, and other insights into what it’s like to be Tom Hanks on Broadway.

You heard me right, by the way: Tom Hanks rides the subway!

I also had the privilege of chatting up Cicely Tyson, who rides the bus with dignity in The Trip To Bountiful, and who told me that she’s been after this part for almost three decades. Totally worth the wait!

And I talked to people who got nominated for playing icons–namely the woman who portrays my idol Diana Ross in Motown The Musical, with whom I discuss the most notorious musical bedroom scene of the year.

Add people yammering at me about Pippin, Vanya, and Kinky Boots, and you’ve got the theater-queen column of the year so far.