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Nominee Reactions: Christian Borle for PETER AND THE STARCATCHER - 'Watching EMPIRE STRIKES BACK'

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The 2012 Tony Awards Nominations were announced this morning by Tony winning actress Kristin Chenoweth and Emmy and Golden Globe-winning actor Jim ParsonsThe Tony Awards will be broadcast in a live three-hour ceremony from the Beacon Theatre, on the CBS television network on Sunday, June 10, 2012.

Click here for the complete list of nominations! Click here for the nominations by the numbers. 

We'll be talking to nominees all day for their reactions! Click here for the complete list!

Christian Borle, Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play for PETER AND THE STARCATCHER
"It's been an awfully nice morning! I'm happy and just so very proud of the show. It's been a few years leading up to now. This is just enormously gratifying. I woke up this morning and turned on NY1 and watched. I just got a new sound bar for my TV so I think I'm going to sit down and watch 'The Empire Strikes Back.' That will be my celebration for the day!"

Christian Borle attended St. Edmund's Academy in the Pittsburgh area, where he played Scrooge in a 1987 production of Dickens's "A Christmas Carol". He graduated from Shady Side Academy in Pittsburgh and attended Carnegie Mellon University before moving to New York in September 1995.

Borle made his Broadway debut in 1999 understudying the role of Willard in the stage adaptation of the film Footloose. He was featured in the 2000 revival of Jesus Christ Superstar, and as the dance captain and an understudy for the short-lived 2002 musical Amour.

In 2003 he replaced Gavin Creel in the role of Jimmy in Thoroughly Modern Millie. Actress Sutton Foster played the title role; the two married in 2006.

Borle's most notable credit is Monty Python's Spamalot, in which he played a number of roles, including Prince Herbert and the Historian. His performance earned him a 2005 Drama Desk Award nomination as Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical. Most recently, he played Emmett Forrest in Jerry Mitchell's Legally Blonde, for which he received a Tony Award nomination. The musical is based on MGM's 2001 film of the same name.

On television, Borle was featured prominently in a television commercial in which he danced and sang the praises of eBay.

We'll be talking to nominees all day for their reactions! Click here for the complete list!

Photo Credit: Walter McBride / Retna Ltd.

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