"Once," a musical based on a 2006 movie about a young Czech songwriter and an Irish street musician, was the big winner at the 66th Annual Tony Awards, Sunday night at the Beacon Theatre. NY1's Frank DiLella filed the following report.
Contrary to its title the intimate Irish musical "Once" was called up for a statue eight times at the 66th annual Tony Awards. Aside from nabbing the coveted Best Musical award, the show also picked up an honor for its leading man, Steve Kazee.
"The flashbulbs went off and then I was back out for the Best Musical, and we won again. It's just, it's the best night of my life," Kazee said.
Stage and screen star Neil Patrick Harris served as the evening's host for the third time, peppering the telecast with theatrical banter and song.
The racially charged Pulitzer Prize winning "Clybourne Park" won Best Play and the Peter Pan themed "Peter and the Starcatcher" picked up five Tonys, including a win for actor Christian Borle.
Arthur Miller's Pulitzer Prize winning "Death of a Salesman" won the award for Best Revival of a play while the Gershwins' "Porgy and Bess" nabbed Best Musical Revival.
British import James Corden won Best Actor in a Play for his turn in the farce "One Man Two Guvnors" and "Venus in Fur's" Nina Arianda took home the prize for Best Actress.
"It's inconceivable to me I would even work in this great city, let alone be, and have the lovely things happen with this play. It's been the nicest time," Corden said.
"This is unreal, it really, it's just unreal. And it's such an honor for the whole show," Arianda said.
Broadway favorite Audra McDonald made history on Sunday as she picked up her fifth award for the tattered beauty Bess in "Porgy and Bess".
McDonald ties Angela Lansbury and Julie Harris - who each have five Tonys - the most that have ever been won in an acting category.
"I don't think this will ever hit me, I don't think it will ever hit me. It's so surreal right now. It'll never hit me," McDonald said.
While Sunday marked the final chapter of the 2011/2012 season, the new Broadway season starts up on Thursday night with a revival of "Harvey" starring two-time Emmy Award winner Jim Parsons.
66th Annual Tony Award Winners
Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical
Audra McDonald, Porgy and Bess
Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play
Nina Arianda, Venus in Fur
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play
James Corden, One Man, Two Guvnors
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical
Steve Kazee, Once
Best Revival of a Musical
Porgy and Bess
Best Lighting Design of a Play
Jeff Croiter, Peter and the Starcatcher
Best Lighting Design of a Musical
Natasha Katz, Once
Best Revival of a Play
Death of a Salesman
Best Scenic Design of a Musical
Bob Crowley, Once
Alan Menken and Jack Feldman, Newsies
Best Scenic Design of a Play
Donyale Werle, Peter and the Starcatcher
Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical
Judy Kaye, Nice Work If You Can Get It
Best Costume Design of a Musical
Gregg Barnes, Follies
Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play
Christian Borle, Peter and the Starcatcher
Best Costume Design of a Play
Paloma Young, Peter and the Starcatcher
Best Direction of a Play
Mike Nichols, Death of a Salesman
Best Direction of a Musical
John Tiffany, Once
Best Sound Design of a Play
Darron L West, Peter and the Starcatcher
Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical
Michael McGrath, Nice Work If You Can Get It
Best Sound Design of a Musical
Clive Goodwin, Once
Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play
Judith Light, Other Desert Cities
Enda Walsh, Once
Christopher Gattelli, Newsies
Martin Lowe, Once