Patina Miller, Cicely Tyson and Billy Porter

TONY winners Patina Miller, Cicely Tyson and Billy Porter (Photo credit Broadway.com)

*Kinky Boots is Broadway’s biggest 2013 Tony Award   winner for excellence in theatre having pranced off with six trophies at the   67th annual Tony Awards  including Best Musical, Best Lead   Actor-Musical (Billy Porter), Best   Original Score (Cyndi Lauper), Best   Choreography (Jerry Mitchell), Best   Sound Design-Musical (John Shivers),   and Best Orchestrations (Stephen   Oremus).

The   American Theatre Wing’s Tony Awards presented by Tony Award Productions, a   joint venture of The Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing, was   broadcast live from Radio City Music Hall in New York City on CBS, Sunday,   June 9, 2013.

An ecstatic Lauper was one for one – first Tony   nomination, first Tony win — for her hip 15-song score to Kinky Boots.  During an emotional acceptance speech, the   pop star profusely thanked her old friend Harvey Fierstein for encouraging her to come to Broadway.  “I want to thank Broadway for   welcoming me.  I understand how hard   you work…your hard work inspires me.”

Porter could hardly contain himself rushing to the   stage when he heard his name called for Best Leading Actor in a Musical   beating out his Kinky Boots co-star   Stark Sands – who he praised to   high heaven.  “You are my rock, my   sword, my shield,” he exclaimed!  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.”

Courtney B. Vance

TONY winner Courtney B. Vance (Photo courtesy Broadway.com)

This   was a great night for African American thespians who won four of the coveted   Tony trophies — a feat that hasn’t been done since Dreamgirls over a decade ago.    In addition to Porter, Cicely   Tyson won the Lead Actress in a Play for The Trip To Bountiful; Patina   Miller won the Lead Actress in a Musical for Pippin; and Courtney B.   Vance won Featured Actor in a Play for Lucky Guy.  In addition to   Miller, Pippin won four awards   including Best Revival of a Musical, Best Featured Actress in a Musical (Andrea Martin), Best Direction of a   Musical (Diane Paulus).

Both   Tyson and Miller were also winners on the red carpet in their beautiful   designer’s gown.  Miller was   stunning  in a beautiful Zac Posen chiffon; and Tyson – who   returned to the stage after a 30 year hiatus — dazzled in  a trumpet-silhouette gown fronted with hand   draped ruffle seams in indigo-blue, silk Mikado from the b michael AMERICA Couture pre-spring 2013 collection.

Other   big Tony winners: Christopher Durang’s   hit comedy Vanya and Sonia and Masha   and Spike won the Best Play Tony.  Matilda the Musical won four awards   and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?   and The Nance won three awards each.

Neil Patrick   Harris kicked   off the 2013 Tony Awards with a spectacular opening   number featuring Mike Tyson and   closed with a Tony Award-themed version of rapper Jay-Z’s “Empire State of Mind” featuring multi-Tony Award winner Audra McDonald.

 

About Kinky Boots

Kinky Boots is based on a true story and   the indie film of the same name and follows young Brit Charlie Price,   who abandons his family’s shoe factory to live with his demanding girlfriend   in London.  After the unexpected death   of his father, Charlie returns to the struggling factory and finds it’s up to   him to figure out a way to keep the business alive.  Enter Lola, a fabulous drag queen, who gives   Charlie the idea to create ladies’ shoes for men. Soon, the factory is   turning out “kinky boots” under the supervision of Charlie and Lola, but can   this harebrained scheme actually work? And can these two   extremely different men find a common ground and become real friends?

 

About Pippin

As the story goes, Diane Paulus’ new, circus-inspired   production of Pippin features an acrobatic troupe of performers, led   by the charismatic Leading Player.  The   ensemble cast tells the story of Pippin, a young prince who longs to find   passion and adventure in his life.  To   prove his loyalty to his distracted father, King Charles, Pippin goes to war.   But when the Leading Player convinces the prince to fight tyranny, Pippin   kills Charles and takes over the throne.  Realizing his mistake, Pippin begs the   Leading Player to bring his father back to life, and she obliges.  The prince falls in love with Catherine, a   widow with a young son, and (much to the Leading Player’s chagrin), Pippin   struggles to decide whether he should settle down and pursue a peaceful life   or continue to make magic with the dazzling troupe of performers.

 

About   The Trip To Bountiful

Horton Foote’s emotional 1953 play tells the story of   Carrie Watts, an elderly woman who longs to return to her beloved hometown of   Bountiful, Texas, one final time before she dies.  Carrie’s protective son Ludie and   authoritarian daughter-in-law Jessie Mae forbid her to leave Houston,   although Carrie and Jessie Mae are constantly butting heads in the Watts   family’s two-room apartment.  While   Ludie is at work and Jessie Mae is at the drugstore, Carrie escapes to the   bus station, and befriends a young woman named Thelma.  Together, the new friends travel toward   Bountiful together, but when Carrie arrives in nearby Harrison, Texas, she   discovers her beloved town isn’t the same as she remembered it.

 

Here is the full list of winners for the 2013 Tony Awards:

Best Orchestrations, Stephen Oremus, Kinky Boots
Best Costume Design of a Musical, William Ivey Long, Cinderella
Best Costume Design of a Play, Ann Roth, The Nance
Best Featured Actor in a Play, Courtney B. Vance, Lucky Guy
Best Sound Design of a Musical, John Shivers, Kinky Boots
Best Featured Actress in a Play, Judith Light, The Assembled Parties
Best Sound Design of a Play, Leon Rothenberg, The Nance
Best Featured Actor in a Musical, Gabriel Ebert, Matilda The Musical
Best Book of a Musical, Dennis Kelly, Matilda The Musical
Best Direction of a Musical, Diane Paulus, Pippin
Best Direction of a Play, Pam MacKinnon, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Best Choreography, Jerry Mitchell, Kinky Boots
Best Original Score, Cyndi Lauper, Kinky Boots
Best Scenic Design of a Musical, Rob Howell, Matilda The Musical
Best Scenic Design of a Play, John Lee Beatty, The Nance
Best Featured Actress in a Musical, Andrea Martin, Pippin
Best Play, Christopher Durang, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike
Best Lighting Design of a Musical, Hugh Vanstone, Matilda The Musical
Best Revival of a Play, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Best Lighting Design of a Play, Jules Fisher & Peggy Eisenhauer, Lucky Guy
Best Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical, Billy Porter, Kinky Boots
Best Actor in a Leading Role in a Play, Tracy Letts, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Best Actress in a Leading Role in a Play, Cicely Tyson, The Trip to Bountiful
Best Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical, Patina Miller, Pippin
Best Revival of a Musical, Pippin
Best Musical, Kinky Boots
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