Tony! Tony! Tony!

Nominations for the 70th Tony Awards were announced last week. While it may seem like Broadway and PBS have little to do with each other, we all know performance, the arts and theater have always been a particular focus of public broadcasting. So it stands to reason many of the people nominated this year are known to UNC-TV viewers. Let’s look at a few, shall we?

In the Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play category, three names were familiar.

Frank Langella, nominated for his role in The Father, has appeared on several Great Performances (The Prince Of Homburg, The Seagull, Eccentricities Of A Nightingale, Degas And The Dance).

Tim Piggott-Smith was up for King Charles III. He has guest starred in quite a few shows UNC-TV viewers might recognize (everything from Foyle’s War to Downton Abbey) but going way back he was Brendan Bracken on Winston Churchill: The Wilderness Years and Ronald Merrick on The Jewel in the Crown (both aired on Masterpiece Theatre). He also played Marco in “Masque of Mandragora” – a classic Doctor Who serial.

Mark Strong was nominated for A View From The Bridge. He was Oblonsky in a 2000 adaptation of Anna Karenina which aired on Masterpiece Theatre. He was also Inspector Larry Hall on several series of Prime Suspect. Continue reading