Television stars Neil Patrick Harris and Bryan Cranston were two of the more notable big winners to come out of last night’s Tony Awards. Harris won for Best Leading Actor in a Musical for his reprised role as Hedwig in Hedwig and the Angry Inch. The rock musical about an East German transgender female singer and her rock band won four awards including Best Revival of a Musical and Best Featured Actress in a Musical (Lena Hall).
Cranston, best known for his role as Walter White on television’s Breaking Bad, took on his next big role as Former President Lyndon B. Johnson in the historical drama All the Way. For his role, Cranston won for Best Leading Actor in a Play. All the Way also won the award for Best Play.
To close the night out, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder won the night’s top honors with the award for Best Musical. The musical tied for the evenings most with four (tied with Hedwig and the Angry Inch) including Best Director of a Musical and Costume Design.
Audra McDonald became the most decorated actress in Tony Award’s history with her sixth award coming last night for her performance as Billie Holiday in Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill. In recognition of the moment, a lengthy standing ovation ensued from the audience. An emotional McDonald dedicated the award to Holliday, saying: “I want to thank all the strong and brave and courageous women whose shoulders I am standing on. And most of all Billie Holiday. You deserve so much more than you were given when you were on this Earth.”
Hugh Jackman, who has strong hosting credentials at the Tony’s, opened the evening by skipping, jumping and bouncing around from backstage to onstage at the Radio City Music Hall. The opening dance sequence where Jackman sang “I Love the Tony’s” was inspired from the 1953 movie Small Town Girl. Jackman also brought a hip-hop twist to the show by accompanying rap artists, LL Cool J and T.I. in singing a revised number from The Music Man.
In a somewhat dimmer moment, Clint Eastwood fumbled his way through as a presenter, although he was able to bring some levity to the show during a sketch where he poked fun at his somewhat controversial empty chair speech at the Republican National Convention dating back to 2012.
Below is a full list of the night’s award winners:
Best Musical: A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder
Best Leading Actress in a Musical: Jessie Mueller, Beautiful – The Carole King Musical
Best Leading Actor in a Play: Bryan Cranston, All the Way
Best Leading Actress in a Play: Audra McDonald, Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill
Best Featured Actor in a Play: Mark Rylance, Twelfth Night
Best Featured Actress in a Musical: Lena Hall, Hedwig and the Angry Inch
Best Leading Actor in a Musical: Neil Patrick Harris, Hedwig and the Angry Inch
Best Play: All the Way
Best Revival of a Play: A Raisin in the Sun
Best Revival of a Musical: Hedwig and the Angry Inch
Best Lighting Design of a Play: Natasha Katz, The Glass Menagerie
Best Lighting Design of a Musical: Kevin Adams, Hedwig and the Angry Inch
Best Costume Design of a Play: Jenny Tiramani, Twelfth Night
Best Costume Design of a Musical: Linda Cho, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder
Best Featured Actress in a Play: Sophie Okonedo, A Raisin in the Sun
Best Choreography: Warren Carlyle, After Midnight
Best Featured Actor in a Musical: James Monroe Iglehart, Aladdin
Best Score: Jason Robert Brown, The Bridges of Madison County
Best Director of a Play: Kenny Leon, A Raisin in the Sun
Best Director of a Musical: Darko Tresnjak, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder
Best Book of a Musical: Robert L. Freedman, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder
Best Orchestrations: Jason Robert Brown, The Bridges of Madison County
Best Scenic Design of a Play: Beowulf Boritt, Act One
Best Scenic Design of a Musical: Christopher Barreca, Rocky
Best Sound Design of a Play: Steve Canyon Kennedy, Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill
Best Sound Design of a Musical: Brian Ronan, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical
Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theater: Costume designer Jane Greenwood
Isabelle Stevenson Award: Rosie O’Donnell