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66th Annual Tony Awards Honor Broadway's Brightest

June 11, 2012 - The Broadway community gathered together to celebrate the 66th Annual Tony Awards on June 10. The ceremony, which took place at the Beacon Theatre in the Upper West Side, was hosted by Neil Patrick Harris and comes as the latest report from the Broadway League revealed that Broadway contributed $11.2 billion to the City’s economy during the 2010-2011 season.

Once, the musical based on the film of the same name about an Irish guitarist and a Czech immigrant who unexpectedly meet and create music together, walked away with the most awards of the night, earning eight Tonys. Steve Kazee won the Tony for Leading Role in a Musical, and the show itself won Best Musical. Once also creatively won for Direction (John Tiffany), Book of a Musical (Enda Walsh), Orchestrations (Martin Lowe), Lighting Design (Natasha Katz), Scenic Design (Bob Crowley) and Sound Design (Clive Goodwin).

Audra McDonald won her fifth Tony Award for her role as Bess in The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess. The production also won Best Revival of a Musical.

Newsies, the Disney musical about the newsboy strike of 1899, won two Tonys: Best Original Score (Alan Menken and Jack Feldman) and Best Choreography (Christopher Gattalli).

The featured actor and actress in a musical went to the two co-stars of Nice Work If You Can Get It: Michael McGrath and Judy Kaye. Greg Barnes won the Tony for Costume Design of a Musical for Follies.

On the play side, James Corden won the Tony for Leading Actor (One Man, Two Guvnors) while Nina Ariandra won for Leading Actress (Venus in Fur). Clybourne Park, an update and response to the classic A Raisin in the Sun, won for Best Play. Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman was awarded the Tony for Best Revival of a Play and Best Direction of a Play (Mike Nichols). Judith Light won her first Tony for her featured performance in Other Desert Cities.

Peter and the Starcatcher, a prequel to Peter Pan in which a small cast plays more than 100 characters, took home a number of creative awards, including Lighting Design (Jeff Croiter), Scenic Design (Donyale Werle), Costume Design (Paloma Young) and Sound Design (Darron L. West). Christian Borle, who plays the mischievous Black Stashe, won the Tony for Featured Actor in a Play.

Hugh Jackman was given a special Tony Award for his contributions to Broadway after raising nearly $2 million last year for Broadway Cares Equity Fights AIDS and other organizations. Bernadette Peters received the Isabelle Stevenson Award for her work with Broadway Barks.

For more about the 66th Annual Tony Awards and to watch acceptance speeches online, visit TonyAwards.com.

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