Tony Awards: 'Once' Ruled the Night
By Jerry Portwood
So we guess Once wasn't enough. During last night's Tony Awards, The cute, romantic musical based on the popular indie movie and featuring Glen Hansard's ditties took home a heap of awards, including Best Musical, Best Performance for a Man in a Leading Role in a Musical for cutie Steve Kazee and Direction of a Musical for out gay director John Tiffany (an Out100 honoree from 2008 when he wowed so many with Black Watch), as well as Best Book for Enda Walsh.
Most of the awards went down as expected. The two big upsets were The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess (a contentious revision) beating out Follies for Best Revival of a Musical. Also Michael McGrath, winning for Nice Work If You Can Get It over Phillip Boykin, David Alan Grier, and Michael Cerveris in the leading male in a musical category was a bit of a surprise to some.
Peter and the Starcatcher also took home a five awards, the most for any straight play this year, including Best Actor in a Leading Role in a Play for Christian Borle (who Smash costar Megan Hilty told us she was rooting for earlier in the week), as well as many technical awards (including for great costume design by Paloma Young). It may have lost in the Best Play category, but that was deserved by the Pulitzer Prize-winning Clybourne Park and was a field that had amazing competition.
It was also a big night for New York's Off-Broadway theaters: Both Peter and Once spent time at New York Theatre Workshop (the same place Rent got started) before transferring to Broadway.
Neil Patrick Harris, hosting the Tonys for the third year, was a hit, as always. He had some fun medleys and even a bit where he mentioned an understudy and Jesse Tyler Ferguson popped out dressed in a matching cream tuxedo jacket (the OTHER popular, likeable out gay guy on TV!). But the most clever was probably him being suspended upside-down on stage in a Spider-Man pose, then getting stuck (behind Angela Lansbury) to add one more dig to the technical problems suffered by Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark last year.
The full list of the winners is below:
Play: “Clybourne Park.”
Revival of a Play: “Death of a Salesman.”
Revival of a Musical: “The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess.”
Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play: James Corden, “One Man, Two Guvnors.”
Performance by an Actress in Leading Role in a Play: Nina Arianda, “Venus in Fur.”
Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical: Steve Kazee, “Once.”
Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical: Audra McDonald, “The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess.”
Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play: Christian Borle, “Peter and the Starcatcher.”
Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play: Judith Light, “Other Desert Cities.”
Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical: Michael McGrath, “Nice Work If You Can Get It.”
Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical: Judy Kaye, “Nice Work If You Can Get It.”
Book of a Musical: Enda Walsh, “Once”
Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre: “Newsies.”
Direction of Play: Mike Nichols, “Death of a Salesman.”
Direction of a Musical: John Tiffany, “Once.”
Choreography: Christopher Gattelli, “Newsies.”
Orchestration: Martin Lowe, “Once.”
Sound Design of a Play: Darron L. West, “Peter and the Starcatcher.”
Sound Design of a Musical: Clive Goodwin, “Once.”
Costume Design of a Play: Paloma Young, “Peter and the Starcatcher.”
Costume Design of a Musical: Gregg Barnes, “Follies.”
Scenic Design Play: Donyale Werle, “Peter and the Starcatcher”
Scenic Design of a Musical: Bob Crowley, “Once.”
Lighting Design of a Play: Jeff Croiter, “Peter and the Starcatcher.”
Lighting Design of a Musical: Natasha Katz, “Once”