After another great Tony Awards show in New York City, one can only hope that the Oscar committee will ask four-time Tony Award host Neil Patrick Harris to carry their big night in Los Angeles next year. The energetic, funny Harris kicked off an evening that presented awards in 26 categories to New York City’s 40 eligible Broadway theaters. The 67th annual TONY Awards were broadcast live from Radio City Music Hall on June 9, 2013.
In a face-off between two leading contenders in the musical category, “Kinky Boots” had a better evening than “Matilda,” walking away with six awards, including Best Musical and Best Original Score by Cyndi Lauper.
Billy Porter, the lead in “Kinky Boots,” won for best actor in a musical. Tracy Letts was named best actor in a play for the now-closed “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?”, which also won for Best Revival of a Play and Best Direction of a Play (Pam McKinnon).
Other winners in the performance categories included Cicely Tyson in “The Trip to Bountiful,” Judith Light in “The Assembled Parties,” Courtney B. Vance in “Lucky Guy,” Gabriel Ebert in “Matilda” and Patina Miller and Andrea Martin in “Pippin,” which also won for Best Musical Revival and Best Direction of a Musical (Diane Paulus).
The acceptance speeches are all captured on the official Tony Awards site. What happens when an actor finds out he’s even been nominated? Rob McClure, nominated for Best Actor in a Musical for “Chaplin,” tells us in an NYC-ARTS exclusive interview.
Some of the 10 shows included in this season’s winners have closed, but all are listed below. For a full list of all Tony-nominated shows, see the NYC-ARTS feature.