Click: Vanity Fair turns its lens on Tony nominees
You can count on Vanity Fair for the best in portrait photography and now it's Broadway's turn, if only online.
The magazine's website has a slideshow of 30 nominees for this year's Tony Awards.
Among our favorites is the "are you looking at me" shot of Jude Law, 37, nominated for leading actor in a play for "Hamlet."
Law tells the magazine his earliest theater memory: “My mom and dad used to be very involved in an amateur dramatic society in Southeast London, and I remember being taken to a theater there where they were doing a production. And I remember playing backstage while my mom was painting the set — for the play that she was also directing, I think. I was always fascinated by this dark, slightly eerie, and exciting place.”
Of course the incandescent Catherine Zeta-Jones, 40, looks good even with her just-out-of-bed hair style.
The nominee for leading actress in a musical, "A Little Night Music," shares her earliest theater memory: “Being taken to the theater when I was a very little girl — and being on the West End when I was nine years old. I did amateur dramatics when I was six years old, but I turned professional at the age of nine. And I’ve loved every show since.”
And no matter how scary he looks, we love Christopher Walken, 67, nominated for best actor for his role in the dark comedy "A Behanding in Spokane."
His earliest memory of Broadway: “I’ve been in show business since I was a little kid. I’ve been around Broadway, in this neighborhood, my whole life, so my first memory would be very hard to pinpoint. I was born here, in fact. I started going to shows with my parents very young. I was born on the night Oklahoma opened. I didn’t get to see that one.
Click here for the full slideshow by Tina Tyrell. The other photos include Kelsey Grammer, Bill T. Jones, Barbara Cook and Sean Hayes, who isn't only nominated for "Promises, Promises," but is hosting this year's awards, June 13 at Radio City Music Hall (starting at 5 p.m. but airing on CBS at 8 p.m. Pacific Time).
-- Sherry Stern
Photos by Tina Tyrell