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‘The Waverly Gallery’ Playwright Kenneth Lonergan Really Wants a Tony Award – for Elaine May (Guest Blog)

We can assume that all the Tony nominees hope to hear their names announced this Sunday from the stage of Radio City Musical Hall. But while playwright Kenneth Lonergan says it would be nice if “The Waverly Gallery” wins Best Revival of a Play, he mostly hopes to hear the name of his 87-year-old leading lady.

“I’d much rather see Elaine May win Best Actress,” Lonergan said. He even penned a full- page ad in the New York Times this week saying, “Until she appeared in ‘The Waverly Gallery,’ I didn’t realize that Elaine is one of the greatest actors I have ever met, or seen.”

Lonergan himself is no stranger to awards, winning a screenwriting Oscar for 2016’s “Manchester by the Sea,” but he has never won the Tony. He is also no stranger to controversy, particularly when it comes to his relationship with Hollywood. Since famously

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