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2010 Tony Awards

Viola Davis, Denzel Washington

Memphis and Red  took top prizes, best musical and best play respectivitly, at the 2010 Tony Awards held Sunday June 13 at Radio City Music Hall.

Memphis, an orginal rock ‘n roll musical by David Bryan and Joe DePietro, which has been seven years coming to frutition and features no big name performers, a rarity by today’s standards, also won best book, score, and orchestrations.  The British play Red by John Longan in addition to best  play scored five Tony wins the most for the evening. However, a most surprsing trend may be developing as the Hollowywood star power nominees eclipsed Broadway veterns winning in every category they were nominated. They included Denzel Washingon, Catherine Zeta-Jones, and Scarlett Johnsson.

August Wilson’s Pulitzer Prize winning drama Fences won the Tony for best revival and the play’s stars, Denzel Washington and Viola Davis, scored Tonys for best leading actor and actress. Best revival of a musical went to  La Cage aux Folles,  a British import, which also won best director of a musical Terry Johnson and best actor in a musical Douglas Hodge.
Christiano 

Arielle Tepper Madover, John Logan “Red”

Photography By Barry Gordin

A complete list of winners follows:

Best Play
In the Next Room or the Vibrator Play
Next Fall

Red

Time Stands Still

Best Musical

American Idiot
Fela! 

Memphis


Million Dollar Quartet

Joe DiPietro, David Bryan, Sue Frost, Randy Adams

Best Book of a Musical

Everyday Rapture
Fela! 

Memphis
Million Dollar Quartet

Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre

The Addams Family
Enron

Fences

Memphis

Best Revival of a Play

Fences

Lend Me a Tenor

The Royal Family

A View from the Bridge

Best Revival of a Musical
Finian’s Rainbow

La Cage aux Folles

A Little Night Music
Ragtime

Denzel Washington

Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play

Jude Law, Hamlet

Alfred Molina, Red
Liev Schreiber, A View from the Bridge
Christopher Walken, A Behanding in Spokane
Denzel Washington, Fences

Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play
Viola Davis, Fences

Valerie Harper, Looped

Linda Lavin, Collected Stories

Viola Davis

Laura Linney, Time Stands Still

Jan Maxwell, The Royal Family

Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical

Kelsey Grammer, La Cage aux Folles

Sean Hayes, Promises, Promises
Douglas Hodge, La Cage aux Folles
Chad Kimball, Memphis

Sahr Ngaujah, Fela!

Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical
Kate Baldwin, Finian’s Rainbow
Montego Glover, Memphis


Catherine Zeta- Jones

Christiane Noll, Ragtime
Sherie Rene Scott, Everyday Rapture

Catherine Zeta-Jones, A Little Night Music

Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Play
David Alan Grier, Race

Stephen McKinley Henderson, Fences
Jon Michael Hill, Superior Donuts

Stephen Kunken, Enron
Eddie Redmayne, Red

Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Play

Scarlett Johansson

Maria Dizzia, In the Next Room or the Vibrator Play
Rosemary Harris, The Royal Family

Jessica Hecht, A View from the   Bridge

Scarlett Johansson, A View from the Bridge

Jan Maxwell, Lend Me a Tenor


Levi Kreis

Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical

Kevin Chamberlin, The Addams Family

Robin De Jesús, La Cage aux Folles

Christopher Fitzgerald, Finian’s Rainbow

Levi Kreis, Million Dollar Quartet

Bobby Steggert, Ragtime

Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical

Katie Finneran

Barbara Cook, Sondheim on Sondheim

Katie Finneran, Promises, Promises

Angela Lansbury, A Little Night Music

Karine Plantadit, Come Fly Away

Lillias White, Fela!

Christopher Oram


Best Scenic Design of a Play

John Lee Beatty, The Royal Family

Alexander Dodge, Present Laughter

Santo Loquasto, Fences

Christopher Oram, Red

Best Scenic Design of a Musical
Marina Draghici, Fela! 

Christine Jones, American Idiot

Derek McLane, Ragtime

Tim Shortall, La Cage aux Folles

Catherine Zuber

Best Costume Design of a Play
Martin Pakledinaz, Lend Me a Tenor

Constanza Romero, Fences

David Zinn, In the Next Room or the Vibrator Play

Catherine Zuber, The Royal Family

Best Costume Design of a Musical


Marina Draghici, Fela! 

Santo Loquasto, Ragtime

Paul Tazewell, Memphis

Matthew Wright, La Cage aux Folles

Best Lighting Design of a Play
Neil Austin, Hamlet
Neil Austin, Red

Mark Henderson, Enron


Kevin Adams

Brian MacDevitt, Fences

Best Lighting Design of a Musical

Kevin Adams, American Idiot
Donald Holder, Ragtime

Nick Richings, La Cage aux Folles

Robert Wierzel, Fela!

Best Sound Design of a Play
Acme Sound Partners,
Fences
Adam Cork, Enron
Adam Cork, Red

Scott Lehrer, A View from the Bridge

Best Sound Design of a Musical
Jonathan Deans, La Cage aux Folles
Robert Kaplowitz, Fela!
Dan Moses Schreier and Gareth Owen, A Little Night Music
Dan Moses Schreier, Sondheim on Sondheim

Best Direction of a Play

Michael Grandage, Red

Sheryl Kaller, Next Fall

Kenny Leon, Fences

Gregory Mosher, A View from the Bridge

Best Direction of a Musical

Christopher Ashley, Memphis

Marcia Milgrom Dodge, Ragtime
Terry Johnson, La Cage aux Folles

Bill T. Jones, Fela!

Best Choreography

Rob Ashford, Promises, Promises
Bill T. Jones, Fela!

Bill T. Jones

Lynne Page, La Cage aux Folles

Twyla Tharp, Come Fly Away

Best Orchestrations


Jason Carr, La Cage aux Folles

Aaron Johnson, Fela!
Jonathan Tunick, Promises, Promises
Daryl Waters & David Bryan, Memphis

Angela Lansbury
Bebe Neuwirth, Nathan Lane
Eddie Redmayne
Eddie Redmayne
Katie Finneran
Levi Kreis

 

Montego Glover, Chad Kimball
Douglas Hodge
Catherine Zeta- Jones, Viola Davis
Catherine Zeta- Jones
SIr Alan Ayckbourn
David Hyde Pierce
Christine Jones, Kevin Adams

Viola Davis, Denzel Washington

Memphis and Red  took top prizes, best musical and best play respectivitly, at the 2010 Tony Awards held Sunday June 13 at Radio City Music Hall.

Memphis, an orginal rock ‘n roll musical by David Bryan and Joe DePietro, which has been seven years coming to frutition and features no big name performers, a rarity by today’s standards, also won best book, score, and orchestrations.  The British play Red by John Longan in addition to best  play scored five Tony wins the most for the evening. However, a most surprsing trend may be developing as the Hollowywood star power nominees eclipsed Broadway veterns winning in every category they were nominated. They included Denzel Washingon, Catherine Zeta-Jones, and Scarlett Johnsson.

August Wilson’s Pulitzer Prize winning drama Fences won the Tony for best revival and the play’s stars, Denzel Washington and Viola Davis, scored Tonys for best leading actor and actress. Best revival of a musical went to  La Cage aux Folles,  a British import, which also won best director of a musical Terry Johnson and best actor in a musical Douglas Hodge.
Christiano 

Arielle Tepper Madover, John Logan “Red”

Photography By Barry Gordin

A complete list of winners follows:

Best Play
In the Next Room or the Vibrator Play
Next Fall

Red

Time Stands Still

Best Musical

American Idiot
Fela! 

Memphis


Million Dollar Quartet

Joe DiPietro, David Bryan, Sue Frost, Randy Adams

Best Book of a Musical

Everyday Rapture
Fela! 

Memphis
Million Dollar Quartet

Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre

The Addams Family
Enron

Fences

Memphis

Best Revival of a Play

Fences

Lend Me a Tenor

The Royal Family

A View from the Bridge

Best Revival of a Musical
Finian’s Rainbow

La Cage aux Folles

A Little Night Music
Ragtime

Denzel Washington

Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play

Jude Law, Hamlet

Alfred Molina, Red
Liev Schreiber, A View from the Bridge
Christopher Walken, A Behanding in Spokane
Denzel Washington, Fences

Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play
Viola Davis, Fences

Valerie Harper, Looped

Linda Lavin, Collected Stories

Viola Davis

Laura Linney, Time Stands Still

Jan Maxwell, The Royal Family

Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical

Kelsey Grammer, La Cage aux Folles

Sean Hayes, Promises, Promises
Douglas Hodge, La Cage aux Folles
Chad Kimball, Memphis

Sahr Ngaujah, Fela!

Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical
Kate Baldwin, Finian’s Rainbow
Montego Glover, Memphis


Catherine Zeta- Jones

Christiane Noll, Ragtime
Sherie Rene Scott, Everyday Rapture

Catherine Zeta-Jones, A Little Night Music

Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Play
David Alan Grier, Race

Stephen McKinley Henderson, Fences
Jon Michael Hill, Superior Donuts

Stephen Kunken, Enron
Eddie Redmayne, Red

Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Play

Scarlett Johansson

Maria Dizzia, In the Next Room or the Vibrator Play
Rosemary Harris, The Royal Family

Jessica Hecht, A View from the   Bridge

Scarlett Johansson, A View from the Bridge

Jan Maxwell, Lend Me a Tenor


Levi Kreis

Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical

Kevin Chamberlin, The Addams Family

Robin De Jesús, La Cage aux Folles

Christopher Fitzgerald, Finian’s Rainbow

Levi Kreis, Million Dollar Quartet

Bobby Steggert, Ragtime

Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical

Katie Finneran

Barbara Cook, Sondheim on Sondheim

Katie Finneran, Promises, Promises

Angela Lansbury, A Little Night Music

Karine Plantadit, Come Fly Away

Lillias White, Fela!

Christopher Oram


Best Scenic Design of a Play

John Lee Beatty, The Royal Family

Alexander Dodge, Present Laughter

Santo Loquasto, Fences

Christopher Oram, Red

Best Scenic Design of a Musical
Marina Draghici, Fela! 

Christine Jones, American Idiot

Derek McLane, Ragtime

Tim Shortall, La Cage aux Folles

Catherine Zuber

Best Costume Design of a Play
Martin Pakledinaz, Lend Me a Tenor

Constanza Romero, Fences

David Zinn, In the Next Room or the Vibrator Play

Catherine Zuber, The Royal Family

Best Costume Design of a Musical


Marina Draghici, Fela! 

Santo Loquasto, Ragtime

Paul Tazewell, Memphis

Matthew Wright, La Cage aux Folles

Best Lighting Design of a Play
Neil Austin, Hamlet
Neil Austin, Red

Mark Henderson, Enron


Kevin Adams

Brian MacDevitt, Fences

Best Lighting Design of a Musical

Kevin Adams, American Idiot
Donald Holder, Ragtime

Nick Richings, La Cage aux Folles

Robert Wierzel, Fela!

Best Sound Design of a Play
Acme Sound Partners,
Fences
Adam Cork, Enron
Adam Cork, Red

Scott Lehrer, A View from the Bridge

Best Sound Design of a Musical
Jonathan Deans, La Cage aux Folles
Robert Kaplowitz, Fela!
Dan Moses Schreier and Gareth Owen, A Little Night Music
Dan Moses Schreier, Sondheim on Sondheim

Best Direction of a Play

Michael Grandage, Red

Sheryl Kaller, Next Fall

Kenny Leon, Fences

Gregory Mosher, A View from the Bridge

Best Direction of a Musical

Christopher Ashley, Memphis

Marcia Milgrom Dodge, Ragtime
Terry Johnson, La Cage aux Folles

Bill T. Jones, Fela!

Best Choreography

Rob Ashford, Promises, Promises
Bill T. Jones, Fela!

Bill T. Jones

Lynne Page, La Cage aux Folles

Twyla Tharp, Come Fly Away

Best Orchestrations


Jason Carr, La Cage aux Folles

Aaron Johnson, Fela!
Jonathan Tunick, Promises, Promises
Daryl Waters & David Bryan, Memphis

Angela Lansbury
Bebe Neuwirth, Nathan Lane
Eddie Redmayne
Eddie Redmayne
Katie Finneran
Levi Kreis

 

Montego Glover, Chad Kimball
Douglas Hodge
Catherine Zeta- Jones, Viola Davis
Catherine Zeta- Jones
SIr Alan Ayckbourn
David Hyde Pierce
Christine Jones, Kevin Adams