He and fellow cast members of the Tony Award-nominated musical "Violet" are getting ready to perform on "The View." Henry, who earned a supporting actor Tony nod, is not even close to halfway through his 18-hour day.
The live performance with
After singing, he'll go to a gala lunch with fellow nominees, go home to memorize lines for a TV pilot audition tomorrow and get back to
Henry, who rose at
"I feel like I'm more scheduled than I've ever been these past two months," the actor said last week with a smile in the midst of the frenzy. "I'm just trying to take a deep breath and enjoy the ride."
Right now, live TV is calling.
"Joshua, darling: Rock and rolling!"
Henry, Foster and Donnell wait backstage while singer
Henry, Foster and Donnell spent the previous week practiced the song, which has slightly different lyrics and staging to accommodate TV. The trio arrived at the
The song is one of the standouts from the show, about a scarred
"I just feel like in a lot of ways he is the heart of the show," says director
Henry's latest Tony nod is his second — and he's not yet 30. He was last nominated for his role in 2011's "The Scottsboro Boys" and his other
One difference this time is that his show is open. "The Scottsboro Boys" was closed by the time Tony season came around so this is the first time he's juggled public demands and eight shows a week: "I do feel like I can appreciate it more. At the same time, I go from appreciating it more to 'I have a million things to do.'"
Minutes after the performance on "The View," Henry is in a chauffeured SUV inching toward
But now he's got to erase every moment of it. "I'm telling my brain, 'Brain, don't remember anything that just happened' because come tonight, I will look like a fool," he says.
Henry said Goldberg stunned him by telling him he looked familiar after the cameras were shut off. Soon they both realized she had visited him backstage at "The Scottsboro Boys."
Goldberg then turned to Crews and, speaking about Henry, told him: "This guy right here was incredible. Watch out for this guy," Henry recalled. "It's like everything went in slow motion after that."
Back in the SUV, Henry opens his phone to check his messages. So many friends — some from as far back as his college days — have swamped his
"The Internet is broken right now," he says. "That's a good feeling."
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