Tonys 2015: Scott Rudin, Harvey Weinstein give their regards to Broadway

Tonys 2015: Hollywood frenemies Scott Rudin, Harvey Weinstein give their regards to Broadway

In the battle of the alpha movie producers on Broadway, the winner on Sunday was as obvious as Alan Cumming's Scottish brogue. Actually, there was really no contest at all. 

Scott Rudin took home a Tony Award for the current revival of David Hare's "Skylight," a British import that he co-produced with Robert Fox and others. An experienced Broadway power broker, Rudin has produced numerous plays and musicals over the decades — his past Tony wins include the still-running "The Book of Mormon" and last year's revival of "A Raisin in the Sun."

Meanwhile, Harvey Weinstein's new musical "Finding Neverland" couldn't even muster a single nomination this year, though that didn't prevent the Oscar veteran from donning a tuxedo and attending Broadway's biggest party.

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Weinstein was in the audience at Radio City Musical Hall on Sunday — a fact that CBS made abundantly clear by repeatedly cutting to him throughout the three-hour telecast. He even landed a performance slot for "Neverland," despite its lack of love from the Tony nominating committee.

The performance, featuring stars Matthew Morrison and Kelsey Grammer, was filled with big singing and visual effects. But for some viewers, it was notable mainly for a bumbling introduction by Jennifer Lopez, who isn't in the musical but whose voice is featured on the show's album.

Earlier in the evening, Cumming and co-host Kristin Chenoweth acknowledged Weinstein with an awkward salute, praising "Neverland's" box-office receipts. The producer smiled and gave a big thumbs-up.

Rudin and Weinstein are perennial Oscar rivals, and much has been written about the state of their professional relationship. They have worked together on movies such as "The Hours" and "The Reader," and they reportedly clashed on both projects.

Rudin has had a particularly brutal few months following the leak of Sony documents that revealed email exchanges in which he and then-Sony Pictures executive Amy Pascal mocked the cinematic tastes of President Obama. 

His next Broadway project is "Shuffle Along," a musical that will star Audra McDonald.

"Skylight," starring Carey Mulligan and Bill Nighy, will end its limited Broadway engagement later this month. "Neverland" has an open-ended run, which it will need to recoup its investment, reported to be more than $20 million.

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