Denzel Washington

Dustin E Cohen-USA TODAY

Tony Awards 2018: Actors Return To Stage From Screen

June 08, 2018 - 7:42 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- Former stage actor Sir Anthony Hopkins, who was on Broadway in “Equus,” once said his idea of hell was doing Shakespeare in tights on a Saturday matinee.

Now he’s a big screen star, and many actors who make it big in movies never return to Broadway or London’s West End.

But as WCBS 880’s Jeffrey Lyons reported, this year’s Tony Awards nominees include several screen stars true to their original art form – and they come back.

Consider Denzel Washington in “The Iceman Cometh,” or another two-time Oscar winner, Glenda Jackson in “Three Tall Women.” Her costar, Laurie Metcalf, is also an Oscar nominee this year for “Ladybird.”

Nathan Lane is a Tony winner, and is up for featured actor in “Angels in America.” And Mark Rylance, an Oscar winner for “Bridge of Spies,” is nominated for lead actor in a play, “Farinelli and the King.”

Some actors relax between roles, while others go to class. But these screen stars come back to their roots, and Lyons says all will be the better for it.

We'll have more on this year's nominees leading up to the Tony Awards, airing Sunday, June 10 on CBS.