Corden, Jackman, Once & Starcatcher celebrate at Tony Awards
Date: 11 June 2012
The 2012 Tony Awards were presented last night during a star-studded ceremony at the Beacon Theatre in New York, with Irish musical Once scooping eight awards and James Corden seeing off competition from Philip Seymour Hoffman to be named Best Actor for One Man, Two Guvnors.
Corden, who also won the Whatsonstage.com Award for his performance in Richard Bean's farce, said in an emotional speech he was "overwhelmed" to find himself in such prestigious company on the shortlist, adding: "To be on a list with you was enough and holding this, it honestly just reminds me that there is no such thing as best."
Other big winners included the play Peter and the Starcatcher, a prequel to Peter Pan, which won five awards, and Bruce Norris' satire Clybourne Park, which was named best play. Death of a Salesman, which starred Seymour Hoffman alongside Brit Andrew Garfield, picked up Best Play revival, while Porgy and Bess was named best musical revival and Audra McDonald won best lead actress in a musical.
Elsewhere, Joe DiPietro's new musical Nice Work If You Can Get It won acting awards for Michael McGrath and Judy Kaye, and Newsies - adapted from the cult 1992 film - gave multi-Oscar winner Alan Menken his long-awaited first Tony, for best score.
Hugh Jackman was honoured with a special award for his contribution to Broadway and for his charity work, which the Hollywood star received from his wife, actress Deborra-Lee Furness.
But there was no doubting the big winner of the night - Once, the Irish musical adapted by Enda Walsh from the 2006 film - which scooped eight awards including best musical, best book, best actor in a musical and best direction for John Tiffany. Like many of the winning shows, it has been tipped for a West End transfer in the coming months.
Neil Patrick Harris returned to host the awards, which featured performances from, among others, The Book of Mormon, Evita (with Ricky Martin and Elena Roger), Jesus Christ Superstar (featuring nominee Josh Young) and End of the Rainbow star Tracie Bennett.
The show - which was live-tweeted by Whatsonstage.com (see below) - also featured a performance with Corbin Bleu and the cast of Godspell and Ghost The Musical featuring Bryce Pinkham, Caissie Levy and Richard Fleeshman.
The telecast also included a live broadcast from the middle of the Caribbean Sea, where Royal Caribbean International’s Oasis of the Seas’ cast of Hairspray performed a number in the ship’s Opal Theater.
The full list of Tony Award winners 2012 is as follows (winners in bold):
Play Clybourne Park, Bruce Norris Other Desert Cities, Jon Robin Baitz Peter and the Starcatcher, Rick Elice Venus in Fur, David Ives
Musical Leap of Faith Newsies Nice Work If You Can Get It Once
Revival of a play Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman Gore Vidal's The Best Man Master Class Wit
Revival of a musical Evita Follies The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess Jesus Christ Superstar
Book of a musical Lysistrata Jones, Douglas Carter Beane Newsies, Harvey Fierstein Nice Work If You Can Get It, Joe DiPietro Once, Enda Walsh
Original score (music and/or lyrics) written for the theater Bonnie & Clyde, music: Frank Wildhorn; lyrics: Don Black Newsies, music: Alan Menken; lyrics: Jack Feldman One Man, Two Guvnors, music & lyrics: Grant Olding Peter and the Starcatcher, music: Wayne Barker; lyrics: Rick Elice
Performance by an actor in a leading role in a play James Corden, One Man, Two Guvnors Philip Seymour Hoffman, Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman James Earl Jones, Gore Vidal's The Best Man Frank Langella, Man and Boy John Lithgow, The Columnist
Performance by an actress in a leading role in a play Nina Arianda, Venus in Fur Tracie Bennett, End of the Rainbow Stockard Channing, Other Desert Cities Linda Lavin, The Lyons Cynthia Nixon, Wit
Performance by an actor in a leading role in a musical Danny Burstein, Follies Jeremy Jordan, Newsies Steve Kazee, Once Norm Lewis, The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess Ron Raines, Follies
Performance by an actress in a leading role in a musical Jan Maxwell, Follies Audra McDonald, The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess Cristin Milioti, Once Kelli O'Hara, Nice Work If You Can Get It Laura Osnes, Bonnie & Clyde
Performance by an actor in a featured role in a play Christian Borle, Peter and the Starcatcher Michael Cumpsty, End of the Rainbow Tom Edden, One Man, Two Guvnors Andrew Garfield, Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman Jeremy Shamos, Clybourne Park
Performance by an actress in a featured role in a play Linda Emond, Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman Spencer Kayden, Don't Dress for Dinner Celia Keenan-Bolger, Peter and the Starcatcher Judith Light, Other Desert Cities Condola Rashad, Stick Fly
Performance by an actor in a featured role in a musical Phillip Boykin, The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess Michael Cerveris, Evita David Alan Grier, The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess Michael McGrath, Nice Work If You Can Get It Josh Young, Jesus Christ Superstar
Performance by an actress in a featured role in a musical Elizabeth A. Davis, Once Jayne Houdyshell, Follies Judy Kaye, Nice Work If You Can Get It Jessie Mueller, On a Clear Day You Can See Forever Da'Vine Joy Randolph, Ghost the Musical
Scenic design of a play John Lee Beatty, Other Desert Cities Daniel Ostling, Clybourne Park Mark Thompson, One Man, Two Guvnors Donyale Werle, Peter and the Starcatcher
Scenic design of a musical Bob Crowley, Once Rob Howell and Jon Driscoll, Ghost the Musical Tobin Ost and Sven Ortel, Newsies George Tsypin, Spider-Man Turn Off The Dark
Costume design of a play William Ivey Long, Don't Dress for Dinner Paul Tazewell, A Streetcar Named Desire Mark Thompson, One Man, Two Guvnors Paloma Young, Peter and the Starcatcher
Costume design of a musical Gregg Barnes, Follies ESosa, The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess Eiko Ishioka, Spider-Man Turn Off The Dark Martin Pakledinaz, Nice Work If You Can Get It
Lighting design of a play Jeff Croiter, Peter and the Starcatcher Peter Kaczorowski, The Road to Mecca Brian MacDevitt, Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman Kenneth Posner, Other Desert Cities
Lighting design of a musical Christopher Akerlind, The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess Natasha Katz, Follies Natasha Katz, Once Hugh Vanstone, Ghost the Musical
Sound design of a play Paul Arditti, One Man, Two Guvnors Scott Lehrer, Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman Gareth Owen, End of the Rainbow Darron L West, Peter and the Starcatcher
Sound design of a musical Acme Sound Partners, The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess Clive Goodwin, Once Kai Harada, Follies Brian Ronan, Nice Work If You Can Get It
Choreography Rob Ashford, Evita Christopher Gattelli, Newsies Steven Hoggett, Once Kathleen Marshall, Nice Work If You Can Get It
Direction of a play Nicholas Hytner, One Man, Two Guvnors Pam MacKinnon, Clybourne Park Mike Nichols, Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman Roger Rees and Alex Timbers, Peter and the Starcatcher
Direction of a musical Jeff Calhoun, Newsies Kathleen Marshall, Nice Work If You Can Get It Diane Paulus, The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess John Tiffany, Once
Orchestrations William David Brohn and Christopher Jahnke, The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess Bill Elliott, Nice Work If You Can Get It 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 Assn. Hugh Jackman
Tony Honor for Excellence in the Theatre Freddie Gershon Artie Siccardi TDF Open Doors
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