We asked stars at the Tony Awards on June 10 to recall audition horror stories

By EW Staff
Updated June 15, 2012 at 04:00 AM EDT

”I auditioned for some kind of underarm deodorant, and I had to pretend to be in the shower. It was just humiliating. And it’s just so terrible when you’re humiliated and then you don’t even get it.” —Hugh Jackman, one of the night’s Special Tony Award recipients

”It was a national tour of South Pacific. I didn’t even get to sing. They tapped me on the shoulder and said, ‘Okay, you can go.’ I was like, ‘Wait, but I just got here!”’ —Best-actor-in-a-musical winner Steve Kazee (Once)

”I’ve blanked it out of my mind. Anything that’s bad, I want to get rid of it. I won’t give it room in my brain.” —Nominee Stockard Channing (Other Desert Cities)

”Auditioning for Salome with Al Pacino. [Director] Estelles Parsons said, ‘Okay, let me see you dance.’ And there was no music or anything. I could tell it was a dare, the way she was looking at me.” —Jessica Chastain, who’ll make her Broadway debut this fall in The Heiress

2012 Tony Winners
Best Musical: Once
Best Play: Clybourne Park
Best Revival of a Play: Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman
Best Revival of a Musical: The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess
Best Actor (Play): James Corden (One Man, Two Guvnors)
Best Actress (Play): Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur)
Best Actor (Musical): Steve Kazee (Once)
Best Actress (Musical): Audra McDonald (The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess)