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Broadway's Leading Ladies Ready to Glam it Up

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This Sunday, many of the Tony Award nominees will start their day at rehearsals for the awards show, then go do their matinee, and then head to the actual awards ceremony at Radio City Music Hall. NY1's Stephanie SImon filed the following report.

Finding the right dress for the Tony Awards is all about sparkle, style, and who's in the next seat. NY1 recently caught up with Jessie Mueller, the Tony nominated star of "Beautiful: The Carole King Musical" at the Randi Rahm showroom.

"It's fun when you have a specific event and a celebration like this to dress up for because I mean when do you get moments to wear dresses likes this?" says Mueller.

Meantime, at the Theia Showroom, Mueller's Tony nominated costar Anika Larsen, who plays songwriter Cynthia Weil, feels the pressure to go glam.

Even Carole King, when I got to talk to her and ask her questions about her relationship with my character, Cynthia Weil, she said, 'Cynthia taught me how to dress.' So yes, I feel like I need to do her proud, Cynthia Weil, she and I are buddies now we email each other all the time, 'Dear me, Dear me.' Especially for her, I want to do her proud," says Larsen.

Broadway Stylist George Brescia says beyond finding a look they love, living in their character eight shows a week can make it hard for a Broadway performer to show up at the Tonys as themselves.

"And they take a person that maybe they look up to like a Marilyn Monroe or a Grace Kelly and they sort of channel that person on the red carpet," notes Brescia.

Tony Nominee Lena Hall plays a guy in "Hedwig and The Angry Inch." She'll be showing up as Lena with some added sparkle by David Yurman jewelry. And, in fact, she'll do it all twice.

"I am going to do the red carpet as me, as glamour me, and then I get to sit for my category as me, and then after my category I have to rush back stage and take everything off, including my nail polish, everything, and turn into a man so I can perform with Neil for the Tony Awards. And then after we perform I’ve got to go all the way back to glam," says Hall.

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NY1 VIDEO: See Stephanie Simon's extended interviews on Tony Awards style with nominees Jessie Mueller for "Beautiful: The Carole King Musical," Anika Larson for "Beautiful: The Carole King Musical," and Lena Hall for "Hedwig and the Angry Inch." Plus Stylist George Brescia.

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