Tony Awards 2012: ‘Clybourne Park’ by Bruce Norris wins best play

A scene from "Clybourne Park" at the Mark Taper Forum.
(Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times)

“Clybourne Park,” the Pulitzer Prize-winning comedy-drama by Bruce Norris, won the Tony for new play.

The critically acclaimed play, which ran at Playwrights Horizons in New York, the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco and the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles before transferring to Broadway, is inspired by “A Raisin in the Sun,” by Lorraine Hansberry.

The other nominees in the category were Jon Robin Baitz’s “Other Desert Cities,” Rick Elice’s “Peter and the Starcatcher” and David Ives’ “Venus in Fur.”

“Clybourne” won the Pulitzer Prize in 2011. The play is currently running at the Walter Kerr Theatre in New york.

TONYS 2012: Red carpet | Winners & NomineesLast year’s winner for best play was the British import “War Horse,” which begins performances at the Ahmanson Theatre this week.


Earlier in the evening, “Once” picked up the Tony for scenic design for a musical. The win means that “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark” will go home empty-handed. (The superhero musical also lost in the costume category.)

“Once” received the Tony for lighting design of a musical while “Peter and the Starcatcher” won for costume design for a play.

“Other Desert Cities” is scheduled run at the Mark Taper Forum starting in November.


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