BWW's In-Depth Look at the 2014 TONY AWARD Winners!
Last night's 68th Annual TONY AWARDS honored the best and brightest from the Broadway season. Hugh Jackman returned for his fourth hosting stint of the event which was broadcast live from Radio City Music Hall in New York City on the CBS Television Network. For a complete list of the night's winners, click here!
Today, BWW takes an in-depth look at the newly minted winners of theater's most prestigous award!
A GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER - 2014 Tony for Best Musical
Following critically acclaimed, smash-hit runs at The Hartford Stage and San Diego's Old Globe Theatre, A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder stars Tony Award Winner Jefferson Mays and Bryce Pinkham. The show officially opened on Sunday, November 17 and features a book by Robert L. Freedman, music by Steven Lutvak, and lyrics by Robert L. Freedman and Steven Lutvak. Click here for more!
BEAUTIFUL- THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL's Jessie Mueller - Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical
Mueller was nominated for a Tony Award in 2012 for her performance in On a Clear Day You Can See Forever. She also appeared on Broadway in Nice Work If You Can Get It and The Mystery of Edwin Drood. Mueller has appeared in numerous shows in Chicago including Carousel, Once Upon a Mattress, and She Loves Me. Click here for more!
HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH - 2014 Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical.
Neil Patrick Harris' returns to Broadway in the new production of Hedwig and the Angry Inch, the musical with book by John Cameron Mitchell and music and lyrics by Stephen Trask, directed by Michael Mayer. The limited engagement, featuring Lena Hall(Kinky Boots, lead singer of The Deafening), opened Tuesday, April 22 at the Belasco Theatre (111 West 44th Street).
HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH was originally produced by David Binder off off Broadway at Westbeth and then, under the direction of Peter Askin, ran over two years at the Jane Street Theatre beginning in February 1998. Click here for more!
HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH's Neil Patrick Harris - Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical
Neil Patrick Harris' returns to Broadway in the new production ofHedwig and the Angry Inch, the musical with book by JohnCameron Mitchell and music and lyrics by Stephen Trask, directed by Michael Mayer. The limited engagement, featuring Lena Hall(Kinky Boots, lead singer of The Deafening), opened Tuesday, April 22 at the Belasco Theatre (111 West 44th Street).
HEDWIG is Harris' first appearance on Broadway since he starred as The Balladeer/Lee Harvey Oswald in the 2004 Tony-winning revival of Assassins and Cabaret. Click here for more!
This year's Tony nomination marked McDonald's 8th. She now holds the record for most Tonys won by an actor, surpassing Julie Harris and Angela Lansbury with 5 Tony Awards each. Winner of numerous Tony Awards® (Carousel, Master Class, Ragtime, A Raisin in the Sun,The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess), Audra McDonald has also appeared on Broadway inThe Secret Garden, Marie Christine (Tony® nomination), Henry IV, and 110 in the Shade (Tony® nomination). Click here for more!
A RAISIN IN THE SUN - 2014 Tony Award for Best Revival of a Play.
Set on Chicago's South Side, A Raisin in the Sun revolved around the divergent dreams and conflicts within three generations of the Younger family: son Walter Lee (Denzel Washington), his wife Ruth (Sophie Okonedo), his sister Beneatha (Anika Noni Rose), his son Travis (Bryce Clyde Jenkins) and matriarch Lena, called Mama (LaTanya Richardson Jackson). Click here for more!
ALL THE WAY - Best Play.
Robert Schenkkan's new drama takes audiences behind the doors of the Oval Office and inside the first years of Lyndon B. Johnson's presidency, and his fight to pass a landmark civil rights bill. Three-time Emmy Award-winning actor Bryan Cranston plays the President. Click here for more!
ALL THE WAY's Bryan Cranston - Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play for All the Way.
This is Bryan Cranston's first Tony nomination. Cranston began his acting career in local and regional theatres, getting his start at the Granada Theater in the San Fernando Valley. He is best known for portraying Walter White in Breaking Bad from 2008 to 2013, and Hal in Malcolm in the Middle from 2000 to 2006. He won four Emmy Awards and was nominated for five more. Click here for more!
A RAISIN IN THE SUN's Sophie Okonedo - Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play.
This is Sophie Okonedo's first Tony nomination and her Broadway debut. She starred as Cressida in the National Theatre's Troilus and Cressida (1999). Okonedo was nominated for an Academy Award for Hotel Rwanda in 2004 and a Golden Globe for Tsunami: The Aftermath in 2006. Click here for more
HEDWIG's Lena Hall - Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical for her role as 'Yitzhak' in Broadway's Hedwig and the Angry Inch.
Hall starred as Nicola in the Tony Award-winning musical Kinky Boots. Previous Broadway and Off-Broadway roles include starring in the award winning Toxic Avenger at New World Stages, Tarzan (Original Cast), Dracula (Original Cast). Click here for more!
ALADDIN's James Monroe Iglehart - Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical for Aladdin.
TWELFTH NIGHT's Mark Rylance - Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play
Rylance last appeared on Broadway in his Tony Award®-winning performance as Johnny 'Rooster' Byron in the critically acclaimed production of Jerusalem, which he also played at the Royal Court and in the West End. Previously, he played Valere in La Bête (Broadway, West End), Hamm in Samuel Beckett's Endgame (West End) and Robert in Boeing-Boeing (Broadway and West End), for which he also received a Tony Award. Click here for more!
THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY's Jason Robert Brown - Best Orchestrations and Best Score
Jason Robert Brown was nominated both for Best Score and Best Orchestrations for his work on THE BRIDGES OF MADISON County this year. He won a Tony Award for PARADE in 1999 and was nominated for URBAN COWBOY in 2003, both in the Best Score category. Click here for more!
A RAISIN IN THE SUN's Kenny Leon - Best Direction of a Play.
Kenny Leon's Broadway credits include August Wilson's Gem of the Ocean (five Tony nominations) and the Tony Award-winning revival of A Raisin in the Sun, both featuringPhylicia Rashad; for the latter, he earned a Drama Desk Award nomination for Outstanding Director of a Play. Click here for more!
THE GLASS MENAGERIE's Natasha Katz - 2014 Tony Award for Best Lighting Design of a Play
Katz's recent Broadway credits include Once (Tony Award), Sister Act, Follies, The Addams Family, The Little Mermaid, The Coast of Utopia: Salvage (Tony Award), A Chorus Line (revival), Spelling Bee, Tarzan, Aida (Tony Award), Beauty and the Beast. Click here for more!
HEDWIG's Kevin Adams - Best Lighting Design of a Musical
Kevin Adams designed the original Westbeth and Jane Street Theatre productions of Hedwig and the Angry Inch as well as the Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston, London, and Edinburgh productions. He also designed the premiers of American Idiot (Tony Award), Spring Awakening (Tony Award), Next To Normal (Tony nomination), Hands on a Hardbody, The Scottsboro Boys, Everyday Rapture, Passing Strange, Take Me Out, the American production of The 39 Steps (Tony and Drama Desk Awards), and the revivals of Hair (Tony nomination), Rent, and Carrie. Click here for more!
TWELFTH NIGHT's Jenny Tiramani - Best Costume Design of a Play.
This is Jenny Tiramani's first Tony nomination and her Broadway debut. Her past work includes the production design for The Big Life on the West End and the production design for Two Gentlemen of Verona Off-Broadway. Click here for more!
A GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER's Linda Cho - Best Costume Design of a Musical.
AFTER MIDNIGHT's Warren Carlyle - Best Choreography.
Mr. Carlyle was the choreographer of Chaplin, Hugh Jackman Back on Broadway, Finian's Rainbow (2 Drama Desk noms) and A Tale of Two Cities, choreographer of Follies (Drama Desk nom.), The Mystery of Edwin Drood, and A Christmas Story The Musical (Drama Desk nom.) Click here for more!
A GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO LOVE & MURDER's Darko Tresnjak - Best Direction of a Musical
This is Darko Tresnjak's first Tony nomination and his Broadway debut. He is the artistic director of Connecticut's Hartford Stage. He has directed at Theatre for a New Audience, The Public Theater, Old Globe, Stratford Shakespeare Festival and many more. Click here for more!
A GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO LOVE & MURDER's Robert L. Freedman - Best Book of a Musical.
Freedman received the Fred Ebb and Kleban awards for the musicals A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder and Campaign of the Century with Steven Lutvak, and was nominated for Emmy and Writers Guild awards for the television miniseries Life With Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows. Click here for more!
ROCKY's Christopher Barreca - Best Scenic Design of a Musical
This is Christopher Barreca's first Tony nomination. His past scenic design work on Broadway includes Search and Destroy, Marie Christine, and The Violet Hour. Click here for more!
ACT ONE's Beowulf Boritt - Best Scenic Design of a Play.
Act One marks Boritt's LCT debut. His Broadway credits include The Scottsboro Boys (Tony nomination), Sondheim on Sondheim, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, LoveMusik, Rock of Ages, Chaplin, Bronx Bombers, Grace, The Two and Only. Click here for more!
BEAUTIFUL THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL's Brian Ronan - Best Sound Design of a Musical.
Ronan has designed the sound for over twenty five Broadway shows. Some recent designs include Annie, Bring It On, Nice Work (Tony nomination), Book of Mormon (Tony), Anything Goes (Tony nomination, Drama Desk), American Idiot, Promises Promises, Next to Normal(Tony nomination), Grease, Curtains, Spring Awakening and many more. Click here for more!
LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR & GRILL's Steve Canyon Kennedy - Best Sound Design of a Play
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