For someone struggling with what he has described as “legendary sleeplessness that has lasted for decades,” BD Wong usually makes rest a priority on weekends. “With Sunday, in particular, there is the least amount of responsibility and the least amount of planning,” Wong said. “So this is really the day I can sleep.”
But last Sunday there wasn’t much time to doze off except when Mr Wong was in the barber’s chair as he prepared to perform a duet at the 74th annual Tony Awards.
A Broadway veteran, Mr. Wong is still known for his Tony Award-winning performance in “Mr. Butterfly” in 1988. Since then he has worked in theater and television, including on shows like “Law and Order: SVU “,” Oz “ and, most recently, “Awkwafina Is Nora From Queens”, where he plays Nora’s father, Wally.
He also made his television directorial debut with the second season of “Awkwafina,” admitting he was resistant to the idea at first. But, he said, “I felt very comfortable as part of this creative family.”
Mr. Wong, 60, has just moved from Manhattan’s financial district to Brooklyn Heights with her husband, Richert Schnorr, 37, a creative director, and their cat, Lox.
DESIRE, SATISFIED We went to have breakfast at this restaurant in Montague that we discovered: Grand Canyon Restaurant. I had what I had been trying to get for days, it was a toasted sesame bagel with an egg and ham.
SO FOR THIS ERRAND I had my niece’s wedding present that I had to wrap and I thought, “We need ribbons for the presents, so let’s go for a walk along the Brooklyn Promenade. We also stopped for an ice cream and took pictures of the ice cream truck. I had a Vanilla Frosty dipped in a chocolate shell, and Richert had a Chipwich, which is his favorite. I accidentally left the ribbon at CVS.
SLEEP BEAUTY The barber is right in front of my apartment, and it’s a place I’ve tried once before and liked. Every time I sit in the barber chair, I immediately fall asleep. So I was able to multitask and take a nap while the guy cut my hair.
SKIN CARE There is a groomer that I always try to book when I have an event in NYC. Her name is Jennifer Brent and she knows I love to try and relax with a face mask. So, she brings a set of face masks, and one of them is an animal face mask which has this colorful animal face. I think it was supposed to be a shark. Everyone thought it looked like the Joker.
FAMILY TIME Having our Zoom family – siblings, parents, cousins, in-laws, that’s for whoever is around – is certainly one of the most ingrained routine things. We opened the Zoom while I was doing my makeup, and Richert was there to help facilitate what was going on in our house. They haven’t seen our apartment yet; they are dying for us to give them a virtual tour, but we refuse to do so because we are not ready.
ATTACHED As I was getting dressed, I couldn’t remember how to tie the knot on that high tie I wore when I was in “Gotham”. I played this character who wore those weird tie knots, and I did it really well and easily when I was on the show. But as soon as the show ended, I forgot how to do this. I had to look for a video on how to tie this crazy knot. I finally got it about 15 minutes after we had to get in the car. I put on the rest of the outfit and we modeled for the Zoom.
BD NOT BABY I got a call on my iPhone from a driver repeatedly asking me “BB” which is always irritating letting me know he was parked outside and looking for me at least an hour before we left. . At the same time, I also heard a customer on the other end of the line, who urgently wanted to know where her car was, as if the phone connections were crossed. I realized it was actually the dispatcher, not the driver, calling me. I started to explain that it was way too early for me to get in the car, and I kept saying, “No, it’s BD Wong”, as the client’s voice grew more insistent. . Suddenly, what was happening became very clear when I recognized the voice of the customer: it was Bebe Neuwirth who was looking for her car for Radio City.
WARDROBE BREAKDOWN As we were walking down the street to get into the car, a button on my tuxedo jacket popped out. We found the button, and we decided to go home to get a safety pin. We offer these campaign badges with pins. I get in the car, and as I pull the pin out, it flies out of my hand and slides into a crack in the seat. The photographer went to CVS, bought a sewing kit, and I spent the entire trip to Tony sewing the button. I had really never done this before. Then the red carpet photographers took the photos which are now online.
PRE-GAME The awards show rents this Applebee to serve as a “green room”. They put in food and all the monitors in the bar are listening to the show. I was so pissed off at this point that I actually had a whiskey, which I normally wouldn’t, and then debated with my green bedroom buddy Adam Pascal to see if he could get away with drinking. a beer before singing. He was the perfect person to spend this time waiting to continue because he is so friendly and even-tempered. I featured Andrew Rannells and Tituss Burgess singing a duet together.
AFTER SHOW I have a wonderful, very supportive husband, and he watched the entire awards ceremony, so he could report back to me. When I got home, he explained to me which parts were his favorite, and we had an evaluation. I took a minute to decompress on my phone and looked at a few photos posted on the red carpet, but then went to bed. To be completely honest, I was exhausted all day.
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