NEW YORK, United States (UPDATED) – The musical “Once,” which tells a love story between a musician and an immigrant singer and pianist, was the big winner at this year’s Tony awards ceremony here late Sunday, June 10 (Monday morning, June 11 in Manila), scooping a total of eight prizes.
“Clybourne Park” by Bruce Norris won the Tony for best play and Arthur Miller’s “Death of a Salesman” won the awards for best revival play and best director of a play for Mike Nichols.
Tony awards are given for excellence in theater and are considered to be the Broadway equivalent of the Oscars, which are given for best performances in the movie industry.
“Once”, which went into the contest with a total of eleven nominations, gained some of the most important awards: best musical, best director of a musical for John Tiffany, and best actor for Steve Kazee.
In addition, it gained the prizes for best screenplay, sound, instrumentation, lighting and scenery.
Based on an Irish musical film, which in 2007 won the Oscar for best original song for “Falling Slowly”, “Once” tells the story of a musician and an immigrant singer and pianist, who meet and fall in love in the streets of Dublin.
The controversial musical “The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess,” which features a shorter version of the legendary opera by George Gershwin, won the awards for best musical revival and best actress. The leading role of Bess in this production was played by Audra McDonald.
Other winners included “Peter and the Starcatcher,” which obtained a total of five awards. The play, which recounts the early adventures of Peter Pan, is based on a children’s novel by the same name published in 2006 by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson.
It won the Tonys for best supporting actor for Christian Borle, best costumes, best sound, best scenery and best lighting.
This year’s special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theater was awarded to Emanuel Azenberg, best known as the producer of numerous plays and musicals of Neil Simon.
Two-time Tony winner Bernadette Peters, meanwhile, was presented with the Isabelle Stevenson Award, honoring her charitable activities.
Special Tony Awards were also awarded to the Actors’ Equity Association, and to Hugh Jackman.
Formally known as the Antoinette Perry Award for Excellence in Theatre, the awards are given to outstanding Broadway performances and productions since 1947. It is administered by the Tony Awards Productions, a joint venture of The Broadway League and the American Theater Wing.
The Tony award ceremony was held for the second consecutive year at the Beacon Theatre in New York, which can accommodate 3,000 people.
Here are the list of nominees and winners (highlighted):
- “Clybourne Park” (Author: Bruce Norris)
- “Other Desert Cities” (Author: Jon Robin Baitz)
- “Peter and the Starcatcher” (Author: Rick Elice)
- “Venus in Fur” (Author: David Ives)
- “Leap of Faith”
- “Nice Work If You Can Get It”
Best Revival of a Play
- “Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman”
- “Gore Vidal’s The Best Man”
- “Master Class”
Best Revival of a Musical
- “The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess”
- “Jesus Christ Superstar”
Best Book of a Musical
- “Lysistrata Jones,” Douglas Carter Beane
- “Newsies,” Harvey Fierstein
- “Nice Work If You Can Get It,” Joe DiPietro
- “Once,” Enda Walsh
Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre
- “Bonnie & Clyde,” Music by Frank Wildhorn, Lyrics by Don Black
- “Newsies,” Music by Alan Menken, Lyrics by Jack Feldman
- “One Man, Two Guvnors,” Music & Lyrics by Grant Olding
- “Peter and the Starcatcher,” Music by Wayne Barker, Lyrics by Rick Elice
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play
- James Corden, “One Man, Two Guvnors”
- Philip Seymour Hoffman, “Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman”
- James Earl Jones, “Gore Vidal’s The Best Man”
- Frank Langella, “Man and Boy”
- John Lithgow, “The Columnist”
Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play
- Nina Arianda, “Venus in Fur”
- Tracie Bennett, “End of the Rainbow”
- Stockard Channing, “Other Desert Cities”
- Linda Lavin, “The Lyons”
- Cynthia Nixon, “Wit”
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical
- Danny Burstein, “Follies”
- Jeremy Jordan, “Newsies”
- Steve Kazee, “Once”
- Norm Lewis, “The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess”
- Ron Raines, “Follies”
Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical
- Jan Maxwell, “Follies”
- Audra McDonald, “The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess”
- Cristin Milioti, “Once”
- Kelli O’Hara, “Nice Work If You Can Get It”
- Laura Osnes, “Bonnie & Clyde”
Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play
- Christian Borle, “Peter and the Starcatcher”
- Michael Cumpsty, “End of the Rainbow”
- Tom Edden, “One Man, Two Guvnors”
- Andrew Garfield, “Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman”
- Jeremy Shamos, “Clybourne Park”
Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play
- Linda Emond, “Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman”
- Spencer Kayden, “Don’t Dress for Dinner”
- Celia Keenan-Bolger, “Peter and the Starcatcher”
- Judith Light, “Other Desert Cities”
- Condola Rashad, “Stick Fly”
Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical
- Phillip Boykin, “The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess”
- Michael Cerveris, “Evita”
- David Alan Grier, “The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess”
- Michael McGrath, “Nice Work If You Can Get It”
- Josh Young, “Jesus Christ Superstar”
Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical
- Elizabeth A. Davis, “Once”
- Jayne Houdyshell, “Follies”
- Judy Kaye, “Nice Work If You Can Get It”
- Jessie Mueller, “On a Clear Day You Can See Forever”
- Da’Vine Joy Randolph, “Ghost the Musical”
A complete list of nominees and winners is available on the Tony Awards website. – Rappler.com/Agence France-Presse
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