The 67th Annual Tony Awards aired live on CBS with Neil Patrick Harris taking his fourth turn as host. He opened the show by appearing in the pub scene from ‘Once,’ then going into a medley of hits from the best shows on Broadway.
Harris joined Andrew Rannells, Megan Hilty and Laura Benanti to sing about the woes of being a Broadway star with a cancelled TV show.
There were a number of big performances, the best of which came from top trophy winners ‘Kinky Boots’ and ‘Pippin.’ One of the best additions of this year’s show was having cast members of older shows introduce the performances.
So we got a gang of Spider-men, Simba and his crew, and the kids from ‘Newsies’ introducing the musical numbers, it was pretty cool.
Cyndi Lauper, who won the award for ‘Best Score,’ was on hand for the In Memoriam singing her hit “True Colors.”
The always lovely Cicely Tyson won for ‘Best Leading Actress’ and gave a heartfelt speech that was threatened with being cut short, but she wrapped it up in an incredibly gracious way.
The night ended with NPH doing a Broadway version of Jay-Z and Alicia Keys‘ ‘Empire State of Mind’ with Audra McDonald. I’m never really here for Neil, but the ending with that epic mic drop was awesome.
Here are all the winners!
Best Book of a Musical
Matilda: The Musical
Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike
Best Revival of a Musical
Best Revival of a Play
Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play
Tracy Letts, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play
Cicely Tyson, The Trip to Bountiful
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical
Billy Porter, Kinky Boots
Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical
Patina Miller, Pippin
Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play
Courtney B. Vance, Lucky Guy
Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play
Judith Light, The Assembled Parties
Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical
Gabriel Ebert, Matilda: The Musical
Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical
Andrea Martin, Pippin
Best Direction of a Play
Pam MacKinnon, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Best Direction of a Musical
Diane Paulus, Pippin
Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theater
Kinky Boots, music and lyrics by Cyndi Lauper
Best Scenic Design of a Play
John Lee Beatty, The Nance
Best Scenic Design of a Musical
Rob Howell, Matilda: The Musical
Best Costume Design of a Play
Ann Roth, The Nance
Best Costume Design of a Musical
William Ivey Long, Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella
Best Lighting Design of a Play
Jules Fisher & Peggy Eisenhauer, Lucky Guy
Best Lighting Design of a Musical
Kenneth Posner, Kinky Boots
Best Sound Design of a Play
Leon Rothenberg, The Nance
Best Sound Design of a Musical
John Shivers, Kinky Boots
Jerry Mitchell, Kinky Boots
Stephen Oremus, Kinky Boots
Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre
Ming Cho Lee
Regional Theatre Award
Huntington Theatre Company, Boston, M.A.
Isabelle Stevenson Award
Tony Honor for Excellence in the Theatre
Career Transition for Dancers
The Lost Colony
The four actresses who created the title role of Matilda the Musical on Broadway: Sophia Gennusa, Oona Laurence, Bailey Ryon and Milly Shapiro