The 2013-2014 Broadway season has come to a close with the 68th Tony Awards, hosted by a tireless Hugh Jackman. The winners are as follows…
– Best musical — A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder
– Best revival of a musical — Hedwig and the Angry Inch
– Best lead actress in a musical — Jessie Mueller, Beautiful
– Best lead actor in a musical — Neil Patrick Harris, Hedwig and the Angry Inch
– Best featured actress in a musical — Lena Hall, Hedwig and the Angry Inch
– Best featured actor in a musical — James Monroe Iglehart, Aladdin
– Best direction 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 original score — Jason Robert Brown, The Bridges of Madison County
– Best choreography — Warren Carlyle, After Midnight
– Best scenic design of a musical — Christopher Barreca, Rocky
– Best lighting design of a musical — Kevin Adams, Hedwig and the Angry Inch
– Best costume design of a musical — Linda Cho, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder
– Best sound design of a musical — Brian Ronan, Beautiful
– Best orchestrations — Jason Robert Brown, The Bridges of Madison County
– Best play — All the Way
– Best revival of a play — A Raisin in the Sun
– Best lead actress in a play — Audra McDonald, Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill
– Best lead actor in a play — Bryan Cranston, All the Way
– Best featured actress in a play — Sophie Okonedo, A Raisin in the Sun
– Best performance by an actor in a featured role in a play — Mark Rylance, Twelfth Night
– Best direction of a play — Kenny Leon, A Raisin in the Sun
– Best scenic design of a play — Beowulf Boritt, Act One
– Best lighting design of a play — Natasha Katz, The Glass Menagerie
– Best costume design of a play — Jenny Tiramani, Twelfth Night
– Best sound design of a play — Steve Canyon Kennedy, ,em>Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill
The big winners of the night were A Gentleman’s Guide and Hedwig, with four wins apiece, including Best Musical and Best Revival Respectively. On the play front, A Raisin in the Sun surprised everyone by nabbing three wins (including Best Revival), most of which were assumed to go to The Glass Menagerie (which only walked away with one award, for lighting). The Best Play was All the Way.
What was striking was how many new winners there were. Of all the musical categories, only three winners had previously won a Tony (Jason Robert Brown for Score, Kevin Adams for Lighting, and Brian Ronan for Sound Design). Same thing in the play categories: only three previous winners (Audra McDonald and Mark Rylance in acting categories, and Natasha Katz for Lighting). Both Lead Actor winners – Neil Patrick Harris and Bryan Cranston – can now put a Tony next to their Emmys, and are halfway to an EGOT.
On the musical side, the wealth was evenly distributed to all this season’s shows: After Midnight, Beautiful, Aladdin, Rocky, and even the dearly departed Bridges of Madison County each received a Tony or two. If/Then, Les Miserables, and Cabaret all walked away empty-handed, but between their box office numbers and fantastic performances at the Tonys, they should be fine. Violet and Bullets Over Broadway should be worried – their box office has not been as strong, and their performances late in the broadcast were far less effective.
The plays were not as evenly rewarded. Lady Day, Twelfth Night, Act One, and Glass Menagerie all shared in the Tony wealth. But crowd favorites like Cripple of Inishmaan and Casa Valentina, along with many others, did not get any Tony love – if you want to see these shows, I’d recommend doing so soon.
Audra McDonald made history tonight with her Best Actress win. She won a sixth competitive acting award, something no other actor or actress has ever done. She had previously been tied with Broadway legends Angela Lansbury and Julie Harris at five wins apiece. His victory also made Audra McDonald the first actor or actress to ever win in all four acting categories (Lead in a Musical, Lead in a Play, Featured in a Musical, Featured in a Play).
Less happy are Kelli O’Hara and Danny Burstein, who tonight join George C. Scott as the only actors to amass five nominations without any wins. There’s always next year…
Hugh Jackman did a decent job hosting, even if the opening number was rather underwhelming. Ironically, the best number of the night still belonged to NPH, who gave an absolutely insane performance from Hedwig and the Angry Inch. In fact, all the musicals put their best foot forward.
Idina Menzel sang a solo from If/Then and seemed much more comfortable than at the Oscars (because her name was pronounced correctly!). Jessie Mueller (Beautiful) sang a duet with Carole King herself. James Monroe Iglehart performed a justifiably abridged version of “Friend Like Me,” Aladdin’s biggest showstopper. We got to hear classics like “Willkommen” from Cabaret and “One Day More” from Les Mis. To celebrate Wicked’s tenth anniversary, the current Elphaba and Glinda performed “For Good” (and did it much better than at the actual tenth anniversary performance). There were even musical numbers previewing next season’s musicals “The Last Ship” and “Finding Neverland.”
What did you think of the Tonys? Are you happy with who won? And which of the shows do you most want to see after watching them perform?