The Tony Awards… still the best awards show on TV

Neil Patrick Harris hosts the Tony Awards

I’ve gotten frustrated watching the Academy Awards with its long and boring production values, and other awards programs seem to promote things other than what they are awarding. But then there are the Tonys.

The Antoinette Perry Awards, my favorite review of the year on Broadway with performances by the nominees and not by someone else changing the sounds and feelings to a reinterpreted mess.

I especially liked the opening (“Hello”) from The Book of Mormon, last year’s big winner.

Anyway, here’s the winners list… and if you get to New York City, don’t miss seeing a show:

Best Musical: Once

Best Play: Clybourne Park

Best Revival of a Play: Death of a Salesman

Best Revival of a Musical: The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play: James Corden, One Man, Two Guvnors

Best Performance by an Actress in 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 Book of a Musical: Enda Walsh, Once

Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre: Newsies

Best Direction of Play: Mike Nichols, Death of a Salesman

Best Direction of a Musical: John Tiffany, Once

Best Choreography: Christopher Gattelli, Newsies

Best Orchestration: Martin Lowe, OnceBest Sound Design of a Play: Darron L. West, Peter and the Starcatcher

Best Sound Design of a Musical: Clive Goodwin, Once

Best Costume Design of a Play: Paloma Young, Peter and the StarcatcherBest Costume Design of a Musical: Gregg Barnes, Follies

Best Scenic Design Play: Donyale Werle, Peter and the Starcatcher

Best Scenic Design of a Musical: Bob Crowley, Once

Best Lighting Design of a Play: Jeff Croiter, Peter and the Starcatcher

Best Lighting Design of a Musical: Natasha Katz, Once

Me? I’d like, most of all, to see The Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess. Watching Audra McDonald and Norm Lewis sing last night was exhilarating! Why Lewis didn’t win Best Male Lead in a Musical is beyond me.

David Alan Grier as Sportin’ Life in “Porgy And Bess”

About btchakir

Retired Theatre Producer, Graphic Designer, Usability Tester and General Troubleshooter with a keen interest in Politics and The Stage. Currently heard on WSHC, 89.7 FM (on line at www.897wshc.org) and occasionally dabbling in Community Theatre.

Posted on June 11, 2012, in Art, Arts, creativity, event, Music, News, Opinion, quote, Television, Theatre and Art, Word from Bill and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. I think I must put “Once” on my list of must sees.

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