2013 Tony Awards: All the Winners' Speeches!
THE 67TH ANNUAL TONY AWARDS are being broadcast live from Radio City Music Hall, tonight, June 9th (8:00-11:00 PM, live ET/delayed PT) on the CBS Television Network. The show returns to Radio City Music Hall after two years at the Beacon Theatre. Emmy Award winner Neil Patrick Harris returns as host.
Below, BroadwayWorld brings you the winners' speeches LIVE! Scroll down to read each winner's acceptance speech!
Courtney B. Vance, Lucky Guy, Best Featured Actor in a Play: WHAT?! Thank you very much. I'd like to thank the American Theatre Wing and the Broadway League. I'd like to thank my wife who gave me the nod, Angela Bassett, to do this role. I'd like to thank my children Broman and Slater, my Lucky Guy family, Tom Hanks, cast and crew, George C. Wolfe. I'd like to thank my manager, Steven Siebert and the Gersch Agency who pushed me real hard to come to NY to do this. And I would finally like to thank my sister, Cecile, and my mother. Mom, this one's for you.
Judith Light, The Assembled Parties, Best Featured Actress in a Play: Oh, my. Oh, my, there are so many of you. This is such a gift and you are a generous community. I want to thank the American Theatre Wing, the Broadway League, the Tony voters. I want to thank every woman that I am in this category nominated with. You have made this a celebration, not a competition. I want to thank Richard Greenburg for this beautiful play, this amazing role. Lynn Meadow for your generous heart and your brilliant direction. And my cast, my Jessica Hecht, my Jeremy Shamos and all of you, you know how much I love and respect you. And you also know this would not be possible without your talent and your support. Our crew, MTC, everybody from our box office, front of house, Bob Gersh, Jason Gutman, Jack Yayton, Ivana Chubbuck. My husband, Robert Desiderio. Thank you for finding me again. Jonathan Stoler for your love and support. Herb Hamsher if it were not for your guidance and your wisdom, I would not be the actor I have always dreamed of let alone the person I wanted to be. And to all of you in this community for your discipline and your devotion and your dedication, you lift our culture with your artistry. You inspire me. And I cannot tell you how grateful I am to be a part of you and call you my family. Thank you so very much.
Gabriel Ebert, Matilda The Musical, Best Featured Actor in a Musical:
Hi. Hi. I want to thank the brilliant creative team of Matilida who trusted and allowed me to step into their immaculate vision with my crazy alligator skin shoes, and I want to send love to the incredible cast and crew of adults and children who keep it real 8 times a week at the Shubs, and um... to my beautiful onstage family, Leslie and Taylor and my four glorious Matildas, Oona, Bailey, Sophia and Millie... come on! And lastly to this room and to the Tony committee. They didn't get the mic high enough, but just being in this room is just really incredible and to be in this category with these paragons of men. I am so honored and grateful and slightly freaked out. And lastly, to Scott and to my mom and my dad, I hope that I have done and shall continue to make you proud. This is incredible. Thank you so much. Let's make really good plays.
Diane Paulus, Pippin, Best Direction of a Musical: Thank you, thank you to the American Theatre Wing and all the Tony voters for this incredible honor. Stephen Schwartz, you are a treasure to the American Musical Theatre. Thank you, Stephen and Roger Hirson for trusting me with your beautiful musical. To the American repertory theatre at Harvard University where PIPPIN was created. To my visionary board, my tireless staff led by Dianne Border. To the incredible Boston audiences that embraced this production when we first started. And to the Harvard President, Drew Faust, who says creativity is a form of knowledge. To Barry Weissler, Howard and Janet Kagan and all their producing teams, for bringing PIPPIN to Broadway. To this extraordinary cast, Patina, Matthew, Terry, Charlotte, Andrea, Rachel and every member of our extraordinary ensemble. Our musicians, our crew at the music box. Nancy Harrington, Mia Walker, my brilliant creative team who selflessly went back to the drawing board every time we wanted to make the show better. Lastly, I want to dedicate this to my family, my brother Steven, who is here with me tonight, my sister janet. My husband Randy, who has been my rock and inspiration my whole life. To my parents, who gave me the best gift a daughter could ever hope for... the encouragement to do what you love with your life, which for me was the theatre. And I can only hope to be as good a mother to my two daughters Natalie and Catherine, who are at home watching. I love you so much. This is for you, you are my joy and inspiration. Thank you so much.
Pam MacKinnon, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Best Direction of a Play: Uh, so Vegas got this one wrong, and uh, Diane Paulus' speech was fantastic. Um, so that's where my head is. I want to thank the Tony voters and my fellow nominees and I want to thank Edward Allby for his fantastic play. And for giving for giving my career a shape, for giving my career a spine. I want to thank my agent for suggesting 13 years ago that Edward and I have lunch. I want to thank my producer, starting with Steppenwolf theatre and our hosted arena stage, and my Broadway producers led by a fantastic team of people... Jeffrey Richards, and Jerry Frankel and Susan Gallon. And my cast. My cast of Amy Morton, Tracy Letts, Carrie Coon, Madison Dirks. I have been so fortunate, so fortunate to work with these people whose emotional integrity, intelligence challeneged me and opened me, and all shows close eventually, and this production will live in my memory for a very long time because of my cast of actors. Thank you very much.
Kinky Boots, Music & Lyrics: Cyndi Lauper, Best Original Score: Ok, I know no laundry list, but.... And I can't say I wasn't practicing in front of the shower curtain for a couple of days for this speech. Um, all right. I got to thank my mom for sharing all that wonderful music. I wrecked all her Broadway musicals when I was a kid, the cast albums. That's how I learned how to sing. I want to thank her for sharing the music with me. I want to thank Harvey Fierstein for calling me up. I'm so glad I was done with the dishes. I'm so excited to answer the phone. And, I want to thank Broadway for welcoming me. You know. This city it's... I understand how hard you work and I've never been a stranger to hard work, but you're hard work inspires me. And thank you Jerry Mitchell, Stephen Oremus and Harvey, you all walked me through this process, and Hal and Daryl and this wonderful cast, and Billy Porter, who is electric on that stage, and Stark Sands who gives dignity to Charlie and Annaleigh and Don... um, Danny..... I keep calling his character's name, that's how lost I got it. And my family. My wonderful family... my son and my husband who inspire me, thank you for inspiring me about the sound. And John Shivers for making our music sound so great, and all you wonderful, you know, everybody else in my category. I feel honored to be part of this comunity. And you guys inspire me, and my wonderful team and especially Sammy James Jr. and thank you very very very much.
Andrea Martin, Pippin, Best Featured Actress in a Musical: Oh my gosh, I ran up here like a longshoreman because I know we only have 75 seconds, I'm so sorry. Carmen Marc Valvo gave me this dress, nobody else would. I just want to thank him. I'm so nervous, and I'm gonna put this down. Because I know It's such a collaboration, this show, and I don't want to forget anybody. I wrote this speech out but the font is too small so I'm really scared I'm not going to be able to read it. I love pippin, I love the cast of Pippin, each one is a singular artist. Thank you all so much, by the way, for voting for me. I'm so all over the place. Each one is an artist and it's a privilege to share the stage with them. Yannick Thomas, my partner in the sky. Je t'adore. [French - no translation]. Do you know how wonderful it is for a woman my age to be held by a man like that and never be dropped. It's unbelievable. Gary Gersh at Innovative. Perry Zimel, my manager. Michael Oscars, my agent of over 40 years on Canada. Thank you for your unwavering love and support. The Weisslers and the Kagans, our producers, and Diane Paulus our extraordinary director for giving me this opportunity. Oh my god, Gypsy Snider, for making a dream come true and letting me run away with the circus. You're brilliant. To Chet, Brad, Dominique, Scott, Kenny, Nancy, Charlie, Nadia, Mia, everybody I've ever trained with and the brilliant Nathan Lane, my darling friend, for your inspired collaboration. To the crew, Michael our Rigger for keeping us safe. Who did I forget? Roger... what does that say? Oh, oh, Hirson and Stephen Schwartz who wrote this thrilling musical. Thank you so much My boys, Jack and Joe, you are the reason I'm standing here. Thank you so much. Thank you.
Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike Author: Christopher Durang, Best Play: Author, Christopher Durang and Producer, Emily Mann: Emily Mann: Thank you, thank you thank you for this incredible honor. Thank you to the league and to the Theatre Wing and to the Broadway community for this incredible honor. From the moment McCarter Theatre commissioned Christopher Durang to write Vanya and Sonia, this has been nothing but a blessing. Our great thanks to McCarters, Tim Shields and Mara Isaacs, our incredible staff.... our absolutely awesome shops, our trustees, donors and subscribers, and to Princeton University, thank you. This could not happen without your incredible support. And thanks to Lincoln Center's Andre Bishop and Bernie Gerstan for a DREAM partnership. To Larry Hershawn and Jerry Ponds and for the whole producing team for taking this AMAZING leap of faith, and making it look so easy. The Brilliant director Nicholas Martin, thank you for your gorgeous and stunning work. The team of designers, David Mark, Emily and Justin for your gorgeous contribution and the phonemenol cast. Chris is going to talk more at length, I know I have only 43 seconds, so thank you, thank you, thank you to the cast for your incalculable contribution, but truly everyone up here tonight is here because Christopher Durang wrote a magnificant play. Christopher Durang: Thank you, thank you very much. I am very thrilled to win this. I wrote my first play in second grade in 1958. It is now 2013. It's been a long road, but I'm very happy to be here. Thank you Emily and Andre and all the nonprofit theatres around the country... you're so important to us. Thank you Joey and Larry and all the co-producers for getting us to Broadway. Thank you to my agent, Patrick Harold. Thanks to my partner of 25 years, John Augustine. I adore our director, Nicki Martin and the wonderful cast, Genevieve, and Angel, Shalita, Billy, Grant, the great David Hyde Pierce, the one and only Christine Nielson, the magical and bravely hilarious Sigourney Weaver. One more thing... my mother died when I was 30 and I feel she wants to thank you tonight as well.
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Best Revival of a Play: [Inaudible] David Hawkinson and I, on behalf of the Steppenwolf ensemble staff and trustees, thank Jeffrey Richards and his team, Jerry Frankel, Susan Gallin, Mary Lu Roffe. Jeffrey, your passion and you expertise have brought us here, and your integrity has made the journey a joy. We salute our colleague theaters across the country whose commitment with their artists and their communities to telling the human story enlivens the poetry of our collective life. With a special nod to the Chicago community where Steppenwolf has had its home for 37 years. And whose artists, theaters, audience, critical community and civic leadership are committed to a rich cultural life and have made Chicago a great, great theatre town. We are so proud.
Billy Porter, Kinky Boots, Best Leading Actor in a Musical: OOOOH MY GODDDD!!!! OH MY GOD! Ok, ok, so, um, I'm going to put this on the ground. Ok, so... Shakespeare said, "To thyne own self be true." When I was 11 years old, my journey to truth began when I discovered the Tony Awards washing dishes in my kitchen, and the performance of Jennifer Holiday and the cast of Dreamgirls at the Tony Awards took my breath away. That moment changed my life. And I am here today. I want to thank my family, the best sister that a brother could ever have, Mary Martha Ford, my mother at home in Pittsburgh.... You are the personification of true Christianity, your willingness to embrace that which you don't understand with unconditional love is a template that the world could benefit from employing. Your courage gives me life and I love you. To my Kinky Boots family. To the amazing cast and crew and everybody at the Al Hishfield Theatre. Our producers, Hal Luftig and Daryl Roth. To Harvey Fierstein and Cyndi Lauper, who created the template that allows me to express the journey of forgiveness and acceptance, and ultimately a necessary healing for my soul. To Jerry Mitchell for reaching back, lifting up an old friend and giving me a space to soar. To my co-star, Stark Sands. You are my rock, my sword, my shield, your grace gives me presence. I share this award with you. I'm gonna keep it at my house, but I share it with you. To my glam squad, who keeps Ms. Lola fierce every day, I love you. To my patrons, Susy Deans, George C. Wolfe, Tracy Brigdon, Bill Butler, my manager of 22 years, and everybody, God bless you. I love you, I love you, I love you.
Tracy Letts, Leading Actor in a Play Who's Afraid of Virgina Woolf?: It's so overwhelming. This is for my mom and dad. They encouraged a love of the arts and an appreciation for the written word that have enriched my life beyond measure. Mr. Hanks, Mr. Lane, Mr. Pierce, Mr. Sturridge you are not my competition, you are my peers and I am proud to be in your company. I share this with Amy Morton, with Carrie Coon, with the criminally undersung Madison Dirks, with Pam McKinnon for her expert captaincy and with Edward Albee for his enduring work of art. And I share this, actually, with not only everybody in this room but all the actors in Chicago, and in storefronts, and everybody who does this crazy, insane, frustrating job, the greatest job on earth. We are the ones who say it to their faces and we have a unique responsibility. I will cherish this always, thank you.
Cicely Tyson, The Trip to Bountiful, Best Leading Actress in a Play: Thou are the potter, I'm only the clay. When I think of the moment where I stand before, this moment, I cannot help but remember all of the thumbprints that have touched this being during the course of her career. My mother and father, my sister and brother, none of whom are here with me. I'm the sole surviving member of my immediate family and I've asked over and over again, why? I now know why. It's been 30 years since I stood on this stage. I really didn't think it would happen again in my lifetime and I was pretty comfortable with that. Except that I had this burning desire for just one more. One more great role, I said, I didn't want to be greedy. I just wanted one more. And it came to me through no effort on my part. Ben Ramsey, Hallie Foote, Michael, Bill Haber and the entire Haber family who have nurtured me for the last 40 years, M.J. who has paid the greatest price for my success. The American Theatre Wing for welcoming me home. Please wrap it up, it says. Well that's exactly what you did with me. You wrapped me up in your arms after 30 years. Now I can go home with a Tony. God Bless you all. Thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you.
Patina Miller, Pippin, Best Leading Actress in a Musical: OHHHH God, Oh my God, this is an honor of a lifetime! This is a childhood dream come true for me. From a little southern girl in South Carolina with a big dream of wanting to come to this big city and be a part of this thing, this Broadway community and to be standing on stage in front of so many people I admire. So much in this room to the women in my category. You guys are inspiring, and I just am so in awe of all of you. I just want to say thank you to my cast. The most amazing cast in New York City right now, who knows? Um, you guys, I cannot do without you. This has been an ensemble effort and I love each and every one of you. To our amazing crew at the Music Box Theatre. To the creative team. Diane Paulus. Oh my God. You visionary. Thank you for giving me this opportunity and believing in me. Chet Walker, for giving me the gift of Fosse. Gypsy Snider for giving me the circus. To our amazing producers. Please wrap it up. The Voicelers and the Kagans and everyone else. Thank you so much. To my mom, who has been my inspiration. Thank you so much for believing in me and telling me that I could do anything I wanted to do. And to my step dad, Tim, who we almost lost a week ago. I just want you to know I love you so much and I cannot wait to be with you tomorrow and I know you can't see me, but I know you can hear me right now, and I just want you to know I love you. And finally, to my management, Jeremy Kats, Chris Highland, my vocal coach, Liz Caplan. But most of all, my honey, my fiance who I love so much. I cannot wait to marry you and you have made me the happiest girl in the world. Thank you to the American Theatre Wing. Oh My God!
Pippin, Best Revival of a Musical: Producer Barry Weissler:
This is wonderful, just wonderful. But this does not belong to us. This one belongs to a company of actors and acrobats and musicians who joined together to make magic on Broadway. And I mean true magic. And we're privileged to be here holding this for them. You know, all Fran and I wanted to do in the theatre was to tell good stories in a theatrical fashion and touch audiences. And if we got it right, that evening had extraordinary theatre. And I think we got it right this time. Janet and Howard, Fran and I, have Diane Paulus, our Tony award-winning director, our, our brilliant director. Our marvelous, marvelous creative team, Gypsy, Chet, Nadia.The American Repertory Theatre in Harvard where we began many, many months ago. And of course, Stephen Schwartz, Roger Hirson, and the one and only Bob Fossey.
Kinky Boots, Best Musical: Daryl Roth, Producer: Oh dear. Thank you, thank you. This is thrilling, and it belongs to our entire, wonderful Kinky Boots family. They gave their heart and soul to making this story come to life so gloriously. We all yearn to be accepted for what we do and who we are. When we understand, respect and accept people, other people, celebrate other people who might be a bit different than we are, we can change the world. That's the message of Kinky Boots. I'm so grateful to my family. I adore you, you know that, and we're all grateful for the joyous experience people have in the theatre every night, and for your warm embrace tonight. Hal Luftig: Thank you, thank you to Jerry, Harvey, Cyndi, the entire company. Thank you to all of our co-producers. Thank you so much. I want to also just say thank you to Warren Trepp, and thank you to my husband, Stuart, who every single day we are together, you make me be a better person. I love you. Thank you.