Tony Awards 2012: Mike Nichols wins for 'Death of a Salesman'

Tony Awards 2012: Mike Nichols wins for 'Death of a Salesman'
A scene from the recent Broadway revival of Arthur Miller's "Death of a Salesman" at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre in New York. (Brigitte Lacombe)

Mike Nichols picked up his sixth Tony Award on Sunday for directing the recent revival of Arthur Miller's "Death of a Salesman."

Nichols, 80, thanked Rebecca Miller, the daughter of the playwright, as well as the cast and crew of the production. The revival starred Philip Seymour Hoffman and Andrew Garfield.

The director said that "Death of a Salesman" is a rare play that "gets truer as time goes by." He also noted that the Beacon Theatre, where the award ceremony was taking place, "was my neighborhood move theater when I was a kid."


The other nominees in the category were Nicholas Hytner for "One Man, Two Guvnors," Pam MacKinnon for "Clybourne Park" and Roger Rees and Alex Timbers for "Peter and the Starcatcher."

Nichols won his first Tony Award for directing a play in 1964 for "Barefoot in the Park" by Neil Simon. His most recent Tony win was for directing the musical"Spamalot" in 2005.

In the musical category, John Tiffany won for directing "Once." He beat out Jeff Calhoun for "Newsies," Kathleen Marshall for "Nice Work if You Can Get It" and Diane Paulus for "The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess."