Being in the most talked about show on Broadway usually means you are going to get a pretty prominent position on Broadway’s biggest night on television. And that will be the case for two Lexingtonians Sunday night when the 68th Annual Tony Awards are handed out.
Hedwig and the Angry Inch has been all the rage this year, in large part due to the presence of Neil Patrick Harris in the title role. But, just like when he takes the stage every night at the Belasco Theatre, Harris will be supported by a pair of Lexingtonians in Hedwig’s band: guitarist and music director Justin Craig and bassist Matt Duncan.
Duncan confirmed Friday evening that we will indeed see them in the Tony’s telecast.
Hedwig, of course, already had a strong Lexington connection before those guys joined the show in co-creator, composer and lyricist Stephen Trask. And it was Trask’s enduring connections to the Lexington music community that helped make Craig and Duncan part of the show when it made its move to Broadway.
Harris, considered a shoo-in for best actor in a musical, has been hosting the Tonys for several years. This year, he turns those duties over to fellow song-and-dance man, Tony winner and Wolverine, Hugh Jackman.
There is one other tangential Kentucky connection among the nominees: playwright Robert Schenkkan is up for Best Play for All the Way, the show about President Lyndon B. Johnson that stars Breaking Bad’s Bryan Cranston. Schenkkan, a North Carolina native, is also the Pulitzer Prize winning author of The Kentucky Cycle.