There were no unexpected miracles. In the slightly more contested category of best play, the sentimental English favorite "War Horse" still ran past the post, winning five Tonys, including a best direction Tony for Marianne Elliott and Tom Morris' bravura piece of emotional staging. Most other awards also went as expected, including a best revival of a musical Tony for "Anything Goes" -- along with a Tony for its star Sutton Foster -- and best revival of a play for the searing production of Larry Kramer's "The Normal Heart."
Parker thanked his loyal
Two fine Hollywood actresses added to their mantles. Frances McDormand won best actress honors Tony for her powerfully rooted work as a working-class Bostonian in the play "Good People." Ellen Barkin, who won best supporting actress in a play for her blistering Broadway debut in "The Normal Heart," paid emotional tribute to playwright and AIDS activist Kramer, saying he had taught her that "one person can make a difference in the world." Her co-star
During the broadcast, hosted in familiar and surprise-free fashion by a smooth and relaxed Neil Patrick Harris, most Americans got their first look at
Presumably, a number of Mormon viewers got their first actual look at the Tony-winning show that has been making headlines. Whatever they thought, the number "I Believe" was shrewdly chosen for a TV show intended to promote Broadway's current and future wares as much as celebrate achievements -- the song captured the combination of withering satire and genuine respect for faith that has made the show a hit.
Actress Brooke Shields, seated in the audience, was less shrewdly chosen, blowing a musical segment in Harris' mostly witty opening number, a spoof declaring that a "broadened" Broadway is no longer "just for gays," one that contained a couple of words that parents across America were probably less than delighted to be explaining to their theater-loving children. No in-home explanation was necessary for actor
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel knew that the Lookingglass Theatre was going to be the winner of the regional theater Tony, as previously announced. In a statement put out Sunday night he congratulated Lookingglass for "its success in delivering quality, original theater for all to enjoy."
But the Tonys aren't rock 'n' roll. They're all Broadway. "I sent Bono a congratulatory cable," said Harris, firing off a series of gags aimed at the accident-plagued superhero spectacle. "It snapped."