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2011 Tony Awards Re-Cap and Winners


The Tony Awards were presented last night in one of the best, most exciting telecasts in recent memory. The ceremony, which is one of the most anticipated nights in theatre for a lot of people around the country, brought us a flurry of wonderful live performances, touching speeches, and plenty of Spider-man jokes – including a healthy helping from Bono and The Edge themselves – all guided along by the charming and spot-on talents of Neil Patrick Harris.

In terms of awards, there were very few (if any) surprises during the night. The Book of Mormon, the new hit comedy about two young Mormon missionaries sent to Uganda, won 9 awards in the 14 categories they received nominations including the top prize of Best Musical. The South-Park creators, hailing from Colorado, also took home awards for their work in creating the show including Score, Book, and Direction. In one of the most touching moments of the night, Nikki M. James won for Best Featured Actress in a Musical and gave an entirely heartfelt speech showing her utter shock and gratitude for the people that helped get her there, including her mother and late father.

The Book of Mormon didn’t take all of the musical prizes, however. In what some would call a surprising turn of events, Norbert Leo Butz won for Best Actor over TWO nominees from The Book of Mormon. Kathleen Marshall won for Choreography in Anything Goes. A lot of people saw that coming, but we would have given it to How to Succeed…. Perhaps the biggest upset of the night, The Scottsboro Boys, which had been nominated for 12 Tonys in spite of already closing their show, won precisely ZERO awards – setting the record for the show with the most losses.

On the Play side of things, War Horse swept design and direction awards, winning all five of the awards for which it was nominated. The Normal Heart won the Featured Actor/Actress awards. We would have loved to see Arian Moayed win for his breathtaking role in Bengal Tiger, but Hinckley was just as deserving. Again, in what SOME might consider a surprise ending, Joe Mantello did not win for his leading role in The Normal Heart. Instead that award went to Mark Rylance, who gave a beautiful recitation of the poem Walking Through Walls by Louis Jenkins.

In the end, it was a beautiful night that ended with a hilarious rapped penned by Tony Winner Lin-Manuel Miranda and Tommy Kail – writers of In The Heights. The show was a rap summary of the nights ceremony performed by the emcee for the night, Neil Patrick Harris, but it ended with the best possible message possible. “What’s next? Who knows? Anything Goes. Now go see a Motherf***ing Broadway show….”


Best Musical
Catch Me If You Can
Sister Act
The Book of Mormon
The Scottsboro Boys

Best Play
Good People
Jerusalem
The Motherf**ker with the Hat
War Horse

Best Revival of a Musical
Anything Goes
How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying

Best Revival of a Play
Arcadia
The Importance of Being Earnest
The Merchant of Venice
The Normal Heart

Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical
Norbert Leo Butz, Catch Me If You Can
Josh Gad, The Book of Mormon
Joshua Henry, The Scottsboro Boys
Andrew Rannells, The Book of Mormon
Tony Sheldon, Priscilla Queen of the Desert

Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical
Sutton Foster, Anything Goes
Beth Leavel, Baby It’s You
Patina Miller, Sister Act
Donna Murphy, The People in the Picture

Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical
Colman Domingo, The Scottsboro Boys
Adam Godley, Anything Goes
John Larroquette, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
Forrest McClendon, The Scottsboro Boys
Rory O’Malley, The Book of Mormon

Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical
Laura Benanti, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown
Tammy Blanchard, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
Victoria Clark, Sister Act
Nikki M. James, The Book of Mormon
Patti LuPone, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown

Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play
Brian Bedford, The Importance of Being Earnest
Bobby Cannavale, The Motherf**ker with the Hat
Joe Mantello, The Normal Heart
Al Pacino, The Merchant of Venice
Mark Rylance, Jerusalem

Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play
Nina Arianda, Born Yesterday
Frances McDormand, Good People
Lily Rabe, The Merchant of Venice
Vanessa Redgrave, Driving Miss Daisy
Hannah Yelland, Brief Encounter

Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Play
Mackenzie Crook, Jerusalem
Billy Crudup, Arcadia
John Benjamin Hickey, The Normal Heart
Arian Moayed, Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo
Yul Vazquez, The Motherf**ker with the Hat

Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Play
Ellen Barkin, The Normal Heart
Edie Falco, The House of Blue Leaves
Judith Light, Lombardi
Joanna Lumley, La Bete
Elizabeth Rodriguez, The Motherf**ker With the Hat

Best Director of a Musical
Rob Ashford, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
Kathleen Marshall, Anything Goes
Trey Parker & Casey Nicholaw, The Book of Mormon
Susan Stroman, The Scottsboro Boys

Best Director of a Play
Marianne Elliott and Tom Morris, War Horse
Joel Grey & George C. Wolfe, The Normal Heart
Anna D. Shapiro, The Motherf**ker with the Hat
Daniel Sullivan, The Merchant of Venice

Best Score
John Kander & Fred Ebb, The Scottsboro Boys
Robert Lopez, Trey Parker & Matt Stone, The Book of Mormon
Alan Menken & Glenn Slater, Sister Act
David Yazbek, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown

Best Book
Robert Lopez, Trey Parker & Matt Stone, The Book of Mormon
Cheri Steinkellner, Bill Steinkellner & Douglas Carter Beane, Sister Act
David Thompson, The Scottsboro Boys
Alex Timbers, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson

Best Choreography
Rob Ashford, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
Kathleen Marshall, Anything Goes
Casey Nicholaw, The Book of Mormon
Susan Stroman, The Scottsboro Boys

Best Scenic Design of a Play
Todd Rosenthal, The Motherf**ker With the Hat
Rae Smith, War Horse
Ultz, Jerusalem
Mark Wendland, The Merchant of Venice

Best Scenic Design of a Musical
Beowulf Boritt, The Scottsboro Boys
Derek McLane, Anything Goes
Scott Pask, The Book of Mormon
Donyale Werle, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson

Best Costume Design of a Play
Jess Goldstein, The Merchant of Venice
Desmond Heeley, The Importance of Being Earnest
Mark Thompson, La Bete
Catherine Zuber, Born Yesterday

Best Costume Design of a Musical
Tim Chappel and Lizzy Gardiner, Priscilla Queen of the Desert
Martin Pakledinaz, Anything Goes
Ann Roth, The Book of Mormon
Catherine Zuber, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying

Best Lighting Design of a Play
Paule Constable, War Horse
David Lander, Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo
Kenneth Posner, The Merchant of Venice
Mimi Jordan Sherin, Jerusalem

Best Lighting Design of a Musical
Ken Billington, The Scottsboro Boys
Howell Binkley, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
Peter Kaczorowski, Anything Goes
Brian MacDevitt, The Book of Mormon

Best Sound Design of a Play
Acme Sound Partners and Cricket S. Myers, Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo
Simon Baker, Brief Encounter
Ian Dickinson for Autograph, Jerusalem
Christopher Shutt, War Horse

Best Sound Design of a Musical
Steve Canyon Kennedy, Catch Me If You Can
Peter Hylenski, The Scottsboro Boys
Brian Ronan, Anything Goes
Brian Ronan, The Book of Mormon

Best Orchestrations
Doug Besterman, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
Larry Hochman, The Scottsboro Boys
Larry Hochman and Stephen Oremus, The Book of Mormon
Marc Shaiman and Larry Blank, Catch Me If You Can

A special Tony Award will be presented to Handspring Puppet Company, which created the unforgettable horse puppets in the Tony-nominated play War Horse. Receiving Tony Honors for Excellence in the Theatre are animal trainer William Berloni, The Drama Book Shop and Sharon Jensen and Alliance for Inclusion in the Arts.

Shows with Multiple Nominations
The Book of Mormon – 14 (won 9)
The Scottsboro Boys – 12
Anything Goes – 9 (won 3)
How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying – 8 (won 1)
The Merchant of Venice – 7
Jerusalem – 6 (won 1)
The Motherf**ker with the Hat – 6
The Normal Heart – 5 (won 3)
Sister Act – 5
War Horse – 5 (won 5)
Catch Me If You Can – 4 (won 1)
Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo – 3
The Importance of Being Earnest – 3 (won 1)
Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown – 3
Arcadia – 2
Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson – 2
Born Yesterday – 2
Brief Encounter – 2
Good People – 2 (won 1)
La Bete – 2
Priscilla Queen of the Desert – 2 (won 1)

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