Backstage asked some of this year’s Tony nominees for their best pointers on perseverance, the entertainment industry, and stage acting. Check out the advice from Jeff Daniels, Cynthia Erivo, Laura Benanti, George C. Wolfe, Leslie Odom Jr., Zachary Levi, and more in this exclusive video!

Breakdown:
0:02 – Cynthia Erivo, Leading Actress in a Musical, “The Color Purple”
0:30 – Beowulf Boritt, Set Designer, “Thérèse Raquin”
0:46 – David Furr, Featured Actor in a Play, “Noises Off”
1:03 – Alex Lacamoire, Musical Director, “Hamilton”
1:34 – Zachary Levi, Leading Actor in a Musical, “She Loves Me”
2:20 – Adrienne Warren, Featured Actress in a Musical, “Shuffle Along”
2:30 – Saycon Sengbloh, Featured Actress in a Play, “Eclipsed”
3:00 – Jennifer Simard, Featured Actress in a Musical, “Disaster!”
3:58 – Sergio Trujillo, Choreographer, “On Your Feet!”
4:20 – Jeff Daniels, Leading Actor in a Play, “Blackbird”
5:41 – Christopher Fitzgerald, Featured Actor in a Musical, “Waitress”
5:55 – Leslie Odom Jr., Leading Actor in a Musical, “Hamilton”
6:17 – Jonathan Groff, Featured Actor in a Musical, “Hamilton”
6:55 – Laura Benanti, Leading Actress in a Musical, “She Loves Me”
7:16 – David Rockwell, Set Designer, “She Loves Me”
7:45 – David Korins, Set Designer, “Hamilton”
8:10 – Pascale Armand, Featured Actress in a Play, “Eclipsed”
8:26 – George C. Wolfe, Director and Playwright, “Shuffle Along”
9:04 – Brandon Victor Dixon, Featured Actor in a Musical, “Shuffle Along”

*More Acting Tips*
The original cast of “Hamilton” is an assembly of Broadway’s top actors, singers, rappers, and dancers. Backstage asked three of its Tony-nominated stars: How do you get into the room where it happens? — http://www.backstage.com/advice-for-actors/watch-acting-advice-stars-hamilton/

“Hamilton” star Leslie Odom Jr. is helping rewrite history every night at the Richard Rodgers Theatre! He chats about booking his Broadway debut through Backstage, allowing himself to take risks, and the artists who helped him find his voice. — http://www.backstage.com/interview/leslie-odom-jr-risks-it-all-hamilton/

Cynthia Erivo talks West End versus Broadway audiences, not feeling sorry for her character, and the show’s emotional climax that used to shatter her completely. — http://www.backstage.com/interview/cynthia-erivo-brings-color-purple-london-broadway/

Here are 3 common audition mistakes singers make! — http://www.backstage.com/advice-for-actors/are-you-self-aware-auditions/

Once you have a headshot, you need something to put on the back of it—a résumé! Backstage Expert and acting coach Matt Newton breaks down what to put on a résumé and exactly how to format it. — http://www.backstage.com/advice-for-actors/exactly-what-you-need-resume-and-how-format-it/

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