Theatrical Musings
“Once” Big Winner At Tony Awards
By LaDale Anderson
Jun 10, 2012 - 8:25:33 PM

HOLLYWOOD—The 66th Annual Tony Awards were handed out on Sunday, June 10 and leading the pack was the musical “Once” with a total of 11 nominations.  The popular musical walked away with a total of eight trophies including Best Musical.  Best Play was awarded to “ Claybourne Park.”

 

The ceremony was hosted again by funnyman and “How I Met Your Mother” star Neil Patrick Harris who did an exceptional job at last year’s ceremony and mesmerized the audience and viewers at home once again.  The opening wouldn’t be complete without song and dance.  Harris delivered with a few surprises including Patti LuPone and “Modern Family” star Jesse Tyler Ferguson.  Please let this be known, this is the guy to host the Oscar ceremony next year; if you’re looking for an entertaining, edgy host, Harris is the guy for the job.

 

Hugh Jackman was presented with the Actor’s Equity Association Award and found himself a bit surprised that his wife presented him with the award.  Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play was handed to James Corden for “One Man, Two Guvnors” beating out stand-outs Phillip Seymour Hoffman, James Earl Jones, John Lithgow and Frank Langella.

 

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play was awarded to an emotional Nina Arianda for her work in “Venus in Fur.”   “Sir you were my first crush,” said Arianda to actor Christopher Plummer while accepting her trophy.

 

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical went to Steve Kayzee for “Once.”  Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical went to an emotional Audra McDonald for “The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess.”  The actress thanked her husband and children while accepting her award.  "The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess" took home the trophy for Best Revival of a Musical.

 
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"The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess" took home the award for Best Revival of a Musical.

 

Best Direction of a Musical went to John Tiffany for “Once.”  The trophy for Best Direction of a Play was given to Mike Nichols for “Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman.” Nichols received a standing ovation from the audience as he headed to the stage.

 

Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical went to Michael McGrath “Nice Work If You Can Get It.”  His win was a bit of a surprise as many expected David Alan Grier to take home the award. Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical went to Judy Kaye for “Nice Work If You Can Get It.” 

 

“Smash” star Christian Borle won the award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play for his work in “Peter and the Starcatcher.”  Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play went to a deserving Judith Light for “Other Desert Cities.”  It was the actress’ first win and she was ecstatic while accepting her award on stage thanking as many people as she possibly could.  Start making predictions as to who will reign supreme in theater next year.



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