‘Once’ Basks in Glow of 8 Tony Awards

Bitter romantic musical "Once" was unexpectedly dominated the annual winner of 66 Tony Award on Sunday night, winning best musical, best actor, and six other Tony, in a highly competitive year honors Broadway. Many of the most famous shows, including "Once" and the performance of "Peter and the Starcatcher", different creative theatricality, staging inventive and ensembles from the little-known theater actor, not a big budget, star driven industries are often dominated by the night of the Tony.

"Peter and the Starcatcher" a prequel to the classic story Peter Pan, Tony has won five, the maximum for any direct play in this year, but fell short of winning the grand prize in its field: the best play Tony went to "Clybourne Park", a satire of race relations, Bruce Norris , which won the Pulitzer Prize for drama last year. It was the only award for "Clybourne", reflecting the tendency of Tony voters spread the good news, 11 musicals and plays won at least one Tony, of the 37 eligible shows.

"Once," slowly unfolds the story of two Dublin musicians love, appeared in the night, favorite, having won in the direction of John Tiffany and her book, Irish playwright Enda Walsh, as well as for the set, lighting, sound effects and orchestration. (The actors in "Once" as a group, double-series).

Toward the end of the broadcast, Steve Kazee, who plays the emotionally broken guitar at the center of "Once," won for Best Actor, and use his speech to thank his fellow cast for him to resist after his mother died in April, shortly after the opening music.

"This is a cast led me around and made me feel alive, and I can never repay them," Mr. Kazee said.

Other major operating Tony went to Audra McDonald, winning his fifth Tony (aged 41), and Beth in the musical revival of "Gershwins" Porgy and Bess ", James Corden as a comic servant in the British play" One man, two Guvnors ", and Nina Arianda as a sexy, mysterious actress in the play "Venus in Furs."

Ms. McDonald, who recently returned to Broadway after four years of acting on television, gave a speech that honored the stage as a refuge for actors. "I was a little girl with a belly, hyperactive and overdramatic, and I found in the theater, and I found my house," she said.

Ms. Arianda squealed with delight several times during his speech, but also paid tribute, in particular, the actor Christopher Plummer, who handed her the award. "You were my first crush," she said, Mr. Plummer.

Another leading contender for best musical production of Disney was "Newsies" an audience favorite on the New York newsboys on strike in 1899. "Newsies" started the night with eight nominations and won two Tony for choreography, and evaluation. The latter award is given eight times Oscar, Alan Menken his long-awaited first Tony, together with the poet Jack Feldman.

In his speech, Mr. Mencken described the trip as "poor" Newsies "- 1992 film version," which earned nothing at the box office "in this adaptation of the Broadway which grossed about $ 1 million a week, among the biggest box-office take of any new show in this season.

"We owe it to generations of children who took the film and insisted that he brought to the stage," Mr. Menken said, referring to the years of requests from Disney, the film turns into a musical.

Among the most famous winners on Sunday, Mike Nichols, Academy Award-winning director, who had previously received six Tony for directing plays and musicals on Broadway, he received the seventh to stage when his name was announced, "The Death of a Salesman." He kissed his wife, Diane Sawyer, and then took the stage and declared himself "very touched" by the honor. He recalled that the Beacon Theater, site of the ceremony Tony Awards, its neighborhood theater as a child, where he immediately won the pie meals during the competition on Saturday matinee.

"It was good, but it's better," said Mr. Nichols, who is 80. "You see before you a happy man," he continued, thanking the playwright Arthur Miller's daughter Rebecca, and "cast from the sky," led by Philip Seymour Hoffman as Willy Loman.

"I can not talk about them," said Mr. Nichols, clogging. "I love them too much."

As expected, the "Seller" also won the Tony for best revival of the game, the third time that the drama Miller won in this category. (He also won for best play in 1949). But in a surprise, showing two male leads - the game was tormented by a father and son - were defeated oversized comic actors give performances: Mr. Hoffman lost to Mr. Corden and Andrew Garfield, who took the part of Biff shortly after the shooting in the main role in the upcoming "Amazing Spider-Man" film, lost to the Christian borle, rakish pirate "Peter and the Starcatcher", as best supporting actor in a play.

Another surprise was "Gershwins" Porgy and Bess "for best musical revival category, where the beloved 1971 musical" Madness "was a lot of ardent fans of Tony voters. (" Madness, "which has music by Stephen Sondheim, has lost only once for best musical and twice in its revival.) "Porgy and Bess" was a controversial effort to update the show, but they were two well-known performers in leading roles, Norm Lewis and Ms. McDonald, as well as the music of George and Ira Gershwin, which producer Jeffrey Richards thanked first in his inaugural speech - ". Porgy, "along with DuBose Heyward, who created the characters in his original novel

Mr. Walsh, "Once" book writer, known for emotionally intense plays, like "Misterman", said in his speech about the odd choice to write a novel, story-driven "One", which was founded in 2006 by the Irish Film with the same name.

"It's like getting the rights to" It's a Wonderful Life "and then get Charles Manson to write it," Mr. Walsh said.

Other acting honors went to the grounds of Judith Light as caustic alcoholic aunt in "More of the Desert" and Michael McGrath and Judy Kaye as opposites who attract in the musical "Good work if you can get it."

Ms. Light, a veteran of television ("Who's the Boss," "One Life to Live"), which was also nominated for a Tony in action last year for the play "Lombardi", there was a little shocked when she came on the scene, She won in a competitive field that included Linda Emond, who gave critics of Linda Loman in the performance of the "Seller".

"I feel like I'm the happiest girl in New York tonight," Ms. Light said, before thanking the cast and crew "Other cities of the desert" - just like her father, who died this spring.

Hosted by television actor Neil Patrick Harris, Tony started with a mixture of musical numbers, which included songs from last year's winner for best musical "The Book of Mormon", and sampling of choreography by Christopher Gattelli for "Newsies".

Mr. Harris is on a comic bit down, up and down in the classic Spider-Man position, and with a gentle shot at the technical problems in the past year in the Broadway musical "Spider-Man:. Off Dark" He continued to hang in the word of the actress Angela Lansbury and Theatre executive Ted Chapin, who laced his comments with air links. As for the "Spider-Man" by itself, that $ 75 million lost in the music category of musical scenery and costumes, its only nomination.

As a favorite for best musical, "Once" and "Newsies" has more in common than many past contestants for the prize: both were low-budget Broadway standards, costing about $ 5 million each, and are based on movies that were hotly fans , but not much commercial success.

Enthusiasm was high among voters and Tony all the best play nominees: "Clybourne", "Desert City", "Peter and the Starcatcher" box and stand out from past years, because the four plays, all the "Venus in Furs." American writers have started with a respected Off Broadway theaters, and drew criticism for intelligent building, character development and meaningful roles.

Only a Broadway show, are eligible for Tony Awards decided to pool of 851 voters, 70 percent of which is usually voted. (. Many others decided not to vote because they do not see a sufficient number of nominated show) voters who are a mix of theater producers, directors, designers, actors and leading tour - some of which have commercial interests in the nominees.

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