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Audra McDonald, Bryan Cranston Highlight Tony Award Winners!

Audra McDonald is overcome with emotion as she accepts her sixth Tony Award last night. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images)

Audra McDonald is overcome with emotion as she accepts her sixth Tony Award last night. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images)

Audra McDonald scored her sixth Tony Award for acting, making her the winningest actor of all time, while Bryan Cranston snared his first Tony in a ceremony marked by a lot of sentimentality and, as always, a few surprises.

Darkhorse, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder, which led the field with ten nominations, won for Best Musical at the American Theatre Wing’s 68th Annual Tony Awards last night (June 8).

One of the many sentimental favorites, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, won the Tony for Best Musical Revival, while its star Neil Patrick Harris won for Best Actor in a musical. The show was nominated eight times in all.

McDonald was up against two Broadway veterans, Tyne Daly, Mothers and Sons and Estelle Parsons, The Velocity of Autumn.

LaTanya Richardson Jackson, A Raisin in the Sun, and Cherry Jones, The Glass Menagerie were also nominated.

McDonald, who’s won Tonys in every acting category, portrayed down-and-out blues singer Billie Holiday, in Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill.

Jessie Mueller, was a surprise winner for Best Actress in a musical for her role in Beautiful: The Carole King Musical. She topped favorite Idina Menzel, If/Then, who received so much hype at the Oscars.

Mary Bridget Davis, A Night with Janice Joplin, Kelli O’Hara, The Bridges of Madison County, and Sutton Foster, Violet, were the other nominees.

A Raisin in the Sun was a surprise winner for Best Revival of a Play, topping favorite The Cripple of Inishmaan, starring Daniel Radcliffe. In one of this year’s major snubs, Radcliffe was not nominated.

The play also produced winners for Best Featured Actress, Sophie Okonedo, and Best Director, Kenny Leon.

A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder, which The New York Times claimed was best known for “modest ticket sales, little-known stars and limited appeal to tourists” also yielded a Best Director, Musical award for Darko Tresnjak (his debut) and a Best Musical Score award for Robert L Freedman.

Below is a list of nominees and winners in major categories. For more, check out the official Tony Awards Web site.


The 2014 Tony Awards: Winners & Nominees
Winners in Bold Type
Best Play
Act One
All the Way
Casa Valentina
Mothers and Sons
Outside Mullingar

Best Musical
After Midnight
Aladdin
Beautiful
A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder

Best Revival of a Play
The Cripple of Inishmaan
The Glass Menagerie
A Raisin in the Sun
Twelfth Night

Best Revival of a Musical
Hedwig and the Angry Inch
Les Miserables
Violet

Best Performance by an Actor, Play
Samuel Barnett, Twelfth Night
Bryan Cranston, All the Way
Chris O’Dowd, Of Mice and Men
Mark Rylance, Richard III
Tony Shalhoub, Act One

Best Performance by an Actress, Play
Audra McDonald, Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill
Tyne Daly, Mothers and Sons
Estelle Parsons, The Velocity of Autumn
LaTanya Richardson Jackson, A Raisin in the Sun
Cherry Jones, The Glass Menagerie

Best Performance by an Actor, Musical
Ramin Karimloo, Les Miserables
Neil Patrick Harris, Hedwig and the Angry Inch
Jefferson Mays, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder
Bryce Pinkham, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder
Andy Karl, Rocky

Best Performance by an Actress, Musical
Idina Menzel, If/Then
Mary Bridget Davis, A Night with Janice Joplin
Jessie Mueller, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical
Kelli O’Hara, The Bridges of Madison County
Sutton Foster, Violet

Best Performance by a Featured Actor, Play
Reed Birney, Casa Valentina
Paul Chahidi, Twelfth Night
Stephen Fry, Twelfth Night
Mark Rylance, Twelfth Night
Brian Jacob Smith, The Glass Menagier

Best Performance by a Featured Actress, Play
Sarah Green, The Cripple of Inishmaan

Celia Keenan-Bolger, The Glass Menagerie
Sophie Okonedo, A Raisin in the Sun
Mare Winningham, Casa Valentina
Anika Noni Rose, A Raisin in the Sun

Best Director, Play
Tim Carroll, Twelfth Night
Michael Grandage, The Cripple of Inishmaan
Kenny Leon, A Raisin in the Sun
John Tiffany, The Glass Menagerie

Best Director, Musical
Warren Carlyle- After Midnight
Michael Mayer- Hedwig and the Angry Inch
Leigh Silverman- Violet
Darko Tresnjak- A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder

Best Book, Musical
Chad Beguelin, Aladdin
Douglas McGrath, Beautiful
Woody Allen, Bullets Over Broadway
Robert L Freedman, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder

Best Score
Jason Robert Brown, The Bridges of Madison County
Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey, If/Then
Steven Lutvak and Robert L. Freedman, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder
Alan Menken and Chad Beguelin, Aladdin

Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre
Aladdin, Music: Alan Menken, Lyrics: Howard Ashman, Tim Rice and Chad Beguelin
The Bridges of Madison County, Music & Lyrics: Jason Robert Brown
A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder, Music: Steven Lutvak, Lyrics: Robert L. Freedman & Steven Lutvak
If/Then, Music: Tom Kitt, Lyrics: Brian Yorkey

Best Choreography
Warren Carlyle, After Midnight
Steven Hoggett & Kelly Devine, Rocky
Casey Nicholaw, Aladdin
Susan Stroman, Bullets Over Broadway

Best Orchestrations
Doug Besterman, Bullets Over Broadway
Jason Robert Brown, The Bridges of Madison County
Steve Sidwell, Beautiful – The Carole King Musical
Jonathan Tunick, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder

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