Once wins eight times at Tony Awards

Judd Hollander
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The musical Once, based on the Irish film of the same name, was the big winner at this year’s Tony Awards, winning eight of the 11 categories for which it was nominated.

Once took home the Tony for best musical, best actor (Steve Kazee), best book (Enda Walsh), best direction (John Tiffany), orchestrations (Martin Lowe), scenic design (Bob Crowley), lighting design (Natasha Katz) and sound design (Clive Goodwin).

Accepting his Tony, Goodwin thanked his “wonderful wife,” noting he was “happy to give you the birthday present you asked me for back in April”. Meanwhile Tiffany, who is associate director of the National Theatre of Scotland and won his award for his directorial debut on Broadway, thanked “the many people who believed in this project”; while Walsh recalled that when he told a friend he was working on Once, the friend replied “it was like getting the stage rights of It’s A Wonderful Life and getting Charles Manson to write it.”

In one of the big victories for British theatre on the night, James Corden won the Tony for best actor in a play for his work in the National Theatre’s production of One Man, Two Guvnors, the only award that show received. Both Corden and the show had missed out entirely at the Olivier Awards earlier in the year.

However, actress Tracie Bennett, who was up for a best actress Tony for End Of The Rainbow, which began in Northampton, lost out to Nina Arianda for Venus in Fur.

The Disney musical Newsies took home Tonys for best choreography and best score. When composers Alan Menken (who won his first Tony Award) and lyricist Jack Feldman made their acceptance speech, Menken commented that the movie on which the Broadway show was based, and on which both men worked on, earned them a Razzie Award for worst original song in 1993.

Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman picked up the award for best revival of a play, as did that show’s director Mike Nichols, making this his record sixth directorial Tony. Winning for best musical revival was The Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess, which triumphed over productions of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s Jesus Christ Superstar and Evita, and Stephen Sondheim’s Follies. The revivals of Evita and Jesus Christ Superstar were two of the shows that left the award ceremony empty handed.

Among those receiving special Tony Awards this year were actor Hugh Jackman for his efforts in raising money for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS; Actors’ Equity, in recognition of its upcoming 100th anniversary; and actress Bernadette Peters, for her work with Broadway Barks!, an organization which raises awareness for shelter animals in need of adoption. Receiving a lifetime achievement award was producer Emanuel Azenberg, who has presented more than 50 shows on Broadway between 1966 and 2012.

The winners in full:

Best play

Clybourne Park – Bruce Norris

Best musical

Once

Best revival of a play

Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman

Best revival of a musical

The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess

Best book of a musical

Once – Enda Walsh

Best original score (music and/or lyrics) written for the theatre

Newsies – music: Alan Menken, lyrics: Jack Feldman

Best performance by an actor in a leading role in a play

James Corden, One Man, Two Guvnors

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 musical

Steve Kazee, Once

Best performance by an actress in a leading role in a musical

Audra McDonald, The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess

Best performance by an actor in a featured role in a play

Christian Borle, Peter and the Starcatcher

Best performance by an actress in a featured role in a play

Judith Light, Other Desert Cities

Best performance by an actor in a featured role in a musical

Michael McGrath, Nice Work If You Can Get It

Best performance by an actress in a featured role in a musical

Judy Kaye, Nice Work If You Can Get It

Best scenic design of a play

Donyale Werle, Peter and the Starcatcher

Best scenic design of a musical

Bob Crowley, Once

Best costume design of a play

Paloma Young, Peter and the Starcatcher

Best costume design of a musical

Gregg Barnes, Follies

Best lighting design of a play

Jeff Croiter, Peter and the Starcatcher

Best lighting design of a musical

Natasha Katz, Once

Best sound design of a play

Darron L. West, Peter and the Starcatcher

Best sound design of a musical

Clive Goodwin, Once

Best choreography

Christopher Gattelli, Newsies

Best direction of a play

Mike Nichols, Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman

Best direction of a musical

John Tiffany, Once

Best orchestrations

Martin Lowe, Once

Danny Troob, Newsies

Special Tony Award for lifetime achievement in the theatre

Emanuel Azenberg

Regional theatre award

The Shakespeare Theatre Company, Washington, D.C.

Isabelle Stevenson award

Bernadette Peters

Special Tony Award

Actors’ Equity Association

Hugh Jackman

Tony Honour for excellence in the theatre

Freddie Gershon

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