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Cyndi Lauper, ‘Kinky Boots’ Highlight Annual Tony Awards

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Cyndi Lauper, an ’80s pop queen, who won a Tony Award for her Broadway debut, Kinky Boots, gave an emotional acceptance speech.

Cyndi Lauper, an ’80s pop princess whose music career had long ago faded, brought the house down at last night’s Tony Awards when she won for best score for her first Broadway musical, Kinky Boots. Revivals, however, dominated the awards.

The musical went on to win six Tony awards, including best musical, marking it one of the highlights of the night as Broadway honored the best of this season’s musicals, dramas and comedies.

“I can’t say I wasn’t practicing in front of the shower curtain for the past couple of days,” she said. “I want to thank Broadway, for welcoming me.” Lauper was one of the night’s sentimental favorites.

The musical, about a struggling shoe factory that finds new life by making boots for drag queens, received 13 nominations in all. Billy Porter won for best actor and the play won for best choreography, orchestrations and sound design.

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Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, starring Sigourney Weaver and David Hyde Pierce won the Tony for best play. The comedy, written by Christopher Durang, was based on Anton Chekhov’s writings. It was Durang’s first award.

Matilda the Musical won four awards, including best book of a musical. Gabriel Ebert also won best featured actor in a musical. The production, based on a story by Roald Dahl had scored 12 nominations.

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Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf won the Tony for best revival of a play.

The 1970s hit musical Pippin won four Tonys, including best revival of a musical for its innovative circus-theme.

Among individual categories, Tracy Letts scored, perhaps, the biggest upset of the night when he won best actor in a play for his work in the revival of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf.

He was competing against Hollywood actor Tom Hanks who debuted in “Lucky Guy,” a play by the late Nora Ephron. Hanks was considered the favorite to win. Scarlett Johansson, who appeared in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, was not nominated.

Cicely Tyson won best actress in a play for The Trip to Bountiful. It was her first Broadway in 30 years. She starred as an elderly woman returning to her former home.

Andrea Martin won best featured actress in a musical for Pippin. Patina Miller won for best actress in a musical and Diane Paulus won for best director.

Pam MacKinnon won the Tony for play direction for Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Judith Light, another well-known actress with roots in Hollywood and the theater, scored a Tony, for “The Assembled Parties.” It was the second consecutive year she’s won the coveted award. She won last year for Other Desert Cities.

Courtney B. Vance won best featured actor in a play for “Lucky Guy.”


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