Julia Lester Shares Tearful, Heartwarming Reaction to Tony Award Nomination

Julia Lester Shares Tearful, Heartwarming Reaction to Tony Award Nomination

Julia Lester is reacting to the exciting news of her first Tony Award nomination!

In case you missed it, the 23-year-old HSMTMTS star was nominated for Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical at the upcoming awards show, for her work as Little Red Riding Hood in Into the Woods.

Hours after the nominations were revealed, Julia shared video of her watching the nominations ceremony and bursting into tears when her name was called.

Watch her reaction and more inside…

“wtf do I even say about thissssss❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ I’m a Tony nominee and that’s actually a made up sentence ???? sorry idk how to be vulnerable on social media but just know I’m immensely grateful to the New York theatre community for welcoming me with open arms and cheering me on💃 thank you. thank you. THANK YOU,” Julia captioned her post, which also included photos of her and her co-stars/fellow nominees Sara Bareilles and Brian D’Arcy James, on and off stage.

In another statement, Julia expressed how her family would always watch and cheer for the nominees, as this is their theatre Super Bowl.

“I’m a theatre kid from a theatre family. The Tony’s are our Super Bowl. Every year when they roll around, we gather together to cheer on the nominees. Hearing my name in the mix this year was …. well, I’ll never find the right words to describe what this feels like,” she said, via Deadline. “I am so insanely grateful to the American Theatre Wing and the Tony Nominating Committee for recognizing not only my performance, but also our entire show with so many nominations. The first Broadway show I ever saw was at the St. James Theatre and to have my Broadway debut on that same stage was so surreal and full circle. Thank you to the entire Broadway community for being so welcoming to me and Little Red.”

Watch her video and check out some of her HSMTMTS co-stars reactions below…

‘HSMTMTS’ Reactions to Julia Lester’s Tony Nomination

“SCREAMING!” the HSMTMTS account wrote.

Saylor Bell shared, “My moon you are EVERYTHING♥️🌙”

“so proud 🔥🔥🔥🔥,” Jordan Fisher, who’s show Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street was nominated against Into the Woods for Best Revival of a Musical, wrote.

“LEGEND!!!!👑💫🥹,” Dara Renee commented.

Liamani Segura wrote, “Congrats superstar!!! You deserve every bit of this celebration! Love you!”

Rowan Banks shared, “YESSSSSSS”

“I LOVE YOU JUJIE YOU DESERVE THE WORLD!!!!!! ❤️❤️❤️,” wrote Joe Serafini.



“Always bet on the theatre kids ❤️” showrunner/creator Tim Federle commented.

“This is SO EXCITING, I am unbelievably happy for you my friend!!!!! ❤️🙌🔥,” OG HSM star Kaycee Stroh, who had a cameo in season one and will return in season four, wrote.

“This one made me cry. Not surprised at all. Soooooooo proud of you!!!!!!” director Kimberly McCullogh said.

Caitlin Reilly, who will join the cast in season four, shared, “JULIAAAA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ❤️❤️❤️❤️”

“SHUUUUUT UUUUP!!!!! Never thought anything like this would come from that program Darbus is runnin. CONGRATS!! ❤️🙌🏀🐾,” OG HSM star Bart Johnson, who will return in season four, commented.

Julia‘s girlfriend Ilana Wolpert, who was a writer on the show, commented, “i love you” and “my Broadway baby”

Congratulations once again to Julia on her Tony nomination!!!

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