The rock musical Spring Awakening by Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater took home eight Tonys including Best Musical making the ground breaking show the big winner at the 2007 Tony Awards presented live from Radio City Music Hall on Sunday. Tom Stoppard's three part epic tale The Coast of Utopia stunningly produced by Lincoln Center was right behind winning seven awards including Best Pay, Director, Lighting, Scenic Design, Costumes, and Acting Awards for Billy Crudup and Jennifer Ehle. Besides Best Musical Spring Awakening took Best Book, Director, Music & Lyrics, Orchestrations, Lighting, Choreography, and Featured Actor in a Musical for John Gallagher, Jr.
There were few surprises as favorites Christine Ebersole, Grey Gardens, and Frank Langella, Frost/Nixon won Leading Actress in a Musical and Leading Actor in a Play, respectively. Another favorite Mary Louise Wilson, Grey Gardens took Best Featured Actress in a Musical. A mild surprise was New York actress Julie White, The Little Dog Laughed, upset win over the stiff competition that included Vanessa Redgrave and Angela Lansbury to take home the Tony for Leading Actress in a Play. Another unexpected win for many, including the winner himself, was the victory by David Hyde Pierce, Curtains over the popular front runner Raul Esparza, Company. Only hours after closing, a harrowing production of the anti-war drama Journey's End, which couldn't find an audience, was cited for Best Revival of a Play and John Doyle's new staging of Company scored for Best Revival of a Musical. Jay Johnson: The Two and Only won a well deserved Tony for Best Special Event.
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