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Tony Awards 2013, 'Kinky Boots' takes best musical title

June 09, 2013|By David Ng

The Tonys live...

8:22 p.m.: "Kinky Boots" was named best new musical, bringing its awards haul to six, the most of any production at the 67th annual Tony Awards. The musical, based on the 2005 British movie about a drag queen who saves a shoe factory, beat out the London import "Matilda," which won four prizes.

Winning for musical revival was "Pippin," which originated at the American Repertory Theatre in Massachusetts. "Pippin" took four Tonys.

The Steppenwolf's revival of "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" and Douglas Carter Beane's “The Nance” each won three awards.

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8:02 p.m.: "Kinky Boots, The Musical" wins the 2013 Tony for best musical.

7:54 p.m.: "Pippin" wins for best revival of a musical.

7:48 p.m.: Cicely Tyson won her first Tony Award for the revival of Horton Foote's "The Trip to Bountiful."  "It's been 30 years since I stood on the stage," said Tyson, 79. But she said she had a "burning desire to just one more" great role.

In what may go down as one of the most elegant responses to music playing over a winner who had exceeded his or her time, Tyson, looked down and noted that she was being asked to wrap it up.

"That's exactly what you did, you wrapped me up in your arms, and now I can go home with a Tony," Tyson said.

The actress plays Carrie Watts, a role that won Geraldine Page an Oscar in the 1985 film adaptation.

Patina Miller won for lead actress in a musical for the revival of "Pippin." She was previously nominated in the musical "Sister Act."

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7:22 p.m.: Tracy Letts upsets Tom Hanks for best performance by a lead actor in a play for his performance in "Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?"

7:17 p.m.: As expected, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg received a special Tony at Sunday's ceremony. Standing next to presenter Sigourney Weaver, Bloomberg quipped: "I can't sing, I can't dance and I can't act.  I'm a triple threat, literally."

Weaver presented the award for a revival of a play to the Steppenwolf Theatre Co.'s production of Edward Albee's "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" The production originated at the Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago before transferring to Broadway this season.

7:05 p.m.: "Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" wins for best revival of a play.

7:00 p.m.: Playwright Christopher Durang won his first Tony Award, for his comedy "Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike," which was named best play.

"I wrote my first play in the second grade in 1958," Durang said. Emily Mann, the artistic head of the McCarter Theatre in New Jersey, shared the award. "Vanya" debuted at the McCarter before moving off-Broadway and then to Broadway. The play is a modern-day comic riff on the plays of Anton Chekhov.

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The award was presented by Jesse Eisenberg, the star of "The Social Network" who also has a budding side career as a playwright. Eisenberg's "The Revisionist" was a success this season, running at the off-Broadway Cherry Lane Theatre.

Hollywood was the butt of an extended joke when Harris, Andrew Rannells, Megan Hilty and Laura Benanti took to the stage to lament the perilous world of television.

Harris ribbed the former "Book of Mormon" star Rannells for his recently canceled sitcom "The New Normal."  Hilty struck out with "Smash," while Benanti has two canceled TV shows -- "The Playboy Club" and "Go On."

Harris comically bragged about his successful TV career, which includes the long-running CBS sitcom "How I Met Your Mother."

Andrea Martin, another actor who has worked extensively in TV, won her second Tony Award, for featured actress in a musical for the revival of "Pippin."

6:43 p.m.: "Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike" by Christopher Durang wins the 2013 Tony for best play.

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6:30 p.m.: Cyndi Lauper's true color was punk red on Sunday when she accepted the award for her original score of "Kinky Boots." The chameleonic rock star, sporting a loud red hairdo, admitted that even though she had rehearsed her speech in front of the shower curtain, she was still surprised to have won.

Lauper beat out another rock musician -- Trey Anastasio of the band Phish, nominated for the short-lived musical "Hands on a Hardbody," which had a tryout run at the La Jolla Playhouse.

"Kinky Boots" continued its 2013 Tony run with Jerry Mitchell taking the award for choreography.

6:12 p.m.: For the second time in Tony Awards history, two women took the awards for direction -- Diane Paulus for the revival of "Pippin" and Pam MacKinnon for the revival of Edward Albee's "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?"

MacKinnon reserved her biggest thanks for Albee, for giving her career "a spine." The director was nominated last season for Bruce Norris' "Clybourne Park," which ran at the Mark Taper Forum in L.A. before transferring to Broadway.

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