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Now THESE are Broadway vacation pics to gloat about

If you follow Fresno-area theater on this blog, then you know Marc Gonzalez, whose enthusiasm for the stage extends both to performing and spectating. I already told you last week how he, Mady Broach and Daniel Hernandez scored tickets to the Tony Awards by winning the ticket lottery. Now that he’s just finished up his action-packed visit to New York, which he topped off Sunday night with the Tonys, I’m giving his photos a standing ovation. Gonzalez has never met a stage door he didn’t like, and he got some great photos with some of Broadway’s biggest names. Below, Gonzalez with Sigourney Weaver after a performance of “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike.”


Gonzalez, who was flying back to Fresno on Monday afternoon, will be updating his blog later this week. In the meantime, here’s a sneak peek of what looks like a most satisfying theater binge.


At the Tony Awards: “Classy and and funny evening ahead of us!!!!” With Daniel Hernandez, Taylor Abels (who scored the coveted fourth ticket), Gonzalez and Mady Broach.

Gonzalez writes:

Being at the Tonys means being at the theater Superbowl. Seeing the celebrities, Mayor Bloomberg and many Hollywood names as presenters and supporters was so inspiring and exciting to be a part of. Although being in the actual audience had its awkward moments. From Patina Miller’s acceptance speech forward, the screens used to help us in the boondocks see better were skipping and/or off.

It was interesting hearing the Special Tony winners go on and on beyond their two minutes. Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Jane Krawkowksi hosted the non-televised pre-show and were a mighty funny duo. Overall, I am so honored that the Tony Awards allowed us students to have a chance to be a part of the 67th Annual Tony Awards for a reasonable price.

To be in that theater was purely magical and more than the doctor’s recommended dose of inspiration.



Gonzalez with “Kinky Boots” star (and Tony winner for Best Actor in a Musical) Billy Porter.



Gonzalez with “Kinky Boots” star (and Tony nominee) Stark Sands.



Gonzalez with “Kinky Boots” star (and Tony nominee) Annaleigh Ashford.



Broach and Gonzalez were excited to see “Lucky Guy.”



Tom Hanks greets fans after a performance of “Lucky Guy.”



With Cinderella herself (Laura Osnes, another Tony nominee).



Gonzalez outside the “Matilda” stage door with Bertie Carvel, who stars as Miss Trunchbull. (Carvel is completely unrecognizable from the astonishing character he plays.)



With David Hyde Pierce after “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike.”



With Pippin himself — Gonzalez with Matthew James Thomas, star of the acclaimed revival of “Pippin.”



With Terrence Mann of “Pippin.” Gonzalez writes: “Definitely a dream come true today.”



With Patina Miller, the Master of Ceremonies in “Pippin.” She won the Tony for Best Actress in a Musical.


All I can say is: Wow. You hit the jackpot on this trip, Marc.

Responses to "Now THESE are Broadway vacation pics to gloat about"

Dani Jorn says:

Marc Gonzales: Making theater lovers jealous since 2013 ;)

What a FABULOUS trip!!

Angela Gonzales says:

Former Junior Member Leila Gonzales and mother Angela are crying with jealously!! Marc’s big cheesy smile expressed the sentiments we feel in our hearts anytime we witness the greatness which is the magic of the theatre! Thanks for sharing!!

Stephen says:

I meet a lot of celebs and stars in my bizness, and I am still SOOOO jelly over his fabulous trip!

Terrance Mann! Sigourney Weaver!!! And how amazing is Matthew James Thomas?!! (and how old does David Hyde Pierce look? Jeepers).

But then he got to be in a photo with TAYLOR ABELS?!?!?! Oh the humanity!

Congrats to all four of them, I’m certain they had an absolute blast.

sarah baker says:

hi I have a fan page for Bertie carvel on Facebook which is bertie cavel fans and @thecarveliers on twitter and wondered if I could use your photo thank you

Marc Gonzalez says:

Sarah- yes by all means go ahead and use it! Thanks for the inquiry; and what a great performer to dedicate a fan page to!

sarah baker says:

thank you yes hes amazing I’m a huge fan and have been lucky to meet him several times. the fan site is on Facebook its Bertie carvel fan group I will also put it on the twitter fan site which is @thecarveliers1 thanks again

Dave says:

Not only did they meet these wonderful actors but they remembered their friends! I let them know that Pippin was my favorite musical of all time and they brought me back a Playbill that the actors shown above all signed!! I’m just jealous that I wasn’t there. Thanks guys!!!

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