Hedwig, Audra McDonald Score Big at Tony Awards, Recap

Hedwig, Audra McDonald Score Big at Tony Awards, Recap

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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

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