Openly gay Levi Kreis wins Tony Award for best performance by a featured actor in a musical!
A big congratulations to Levi Kreis for winning the Tony Award last night for his performance as Jerry Lee Lewis in Million Dollar Quartet!
With Sean Hayes losing out in the lead actor category to Douglas Hodge, Levi turned out to be the only openly gay winner in the major performing categories. (He and Sean shared the piano keyboard in the telecast’s opening number).
Levi ’s competition was Kevin Chamberlin (The Addams Family), Robin De Jesus (La Cage aux Folles), Christopher Fitzgerald (Finian’s Rainbow), and Bobby Steggert (Ragtime).
Backstage in the press roon, Kreis said he was “still speechless” after hearing his name called as the winner. He also said that his co-stars were a major factor in his staying with the show over the past six years, from workshops to out-of-town performances.
“It’s all about the camaraderie of the guys,” he said. “I would not have taken it as far as this point without the camaraderie of these guys.”
His advice for aspiring performers was this: “Don’t take no for an answer, and don’t set limits.”