As we get close to the Tony Awards, the nominees not only have to contain their excitement and perform eight shows a week, but they also have to decide on their outfits for the big night. NY1's Stephanie Simon filed the following report from the Kenneth Cole Showroom in Midtown.
Rocky's Andy Karl and Bullets Over Broadway's Nick Cordero are both triple threats: tall, dark and handsome! Of course, they're triple threats on stage as well.
"All that work, and all that sweat and blood and tears, and getting punched in the face every night. Now I can look good and have a good time, and it means a lot to me that the nomination came through for all that hard work," says Karl, who earned a Tony Award nomination for his work in Rocky.
In his corner, Karl has his wife and fellow performer Orfeh to coach him on style.
"Black on black, I like. He's got such an amazing body, especially now that I just think...yeah, I can say that, I'm allowed. Everyone else does so I get to say it once," says Orfeh.
We don't want a repeat of Karl's earlier rookie mistakes.
"I put on a suit at home, I was all nice and dressed and looking good in the mirror. I was like 'I'm all set, boom.' Put the suit back in the closet, separating the pants from the jacket. I grab the wrong jacket, and wear the wrong jacket the entire night through the Tonys," Karl says.
Cordero is self-styled rock 'n roll. For Tony night, he's going classic American. We asked him what inspired him when he woke up this morning.
"It's just comfortable. A little shine, a little hat, I don't know. It's just how I feel, I've always loved music, so music has been a big part of my career as a performer and it's just an expression of who I am," Cordero says.
Now, for the moment we've been waiting for...No, not the actual awards. The moment Kenneth Cole arrives.
"They look good. And those pins go with it, by the way. They get to keep the pins," Cole says. "Broadway is about what New York is about. It's our culture brought forth to the world and to the degree that we can marry our art form to their art form. One plus one is even bigger than two."
So long as they take the pins out and wear the right pants, these guys will rock on Tony night.