LET’S CATCH UP with the Tony awards, presented in New York on Sunday night, and the source of much sturm und drang here in Atlanta.

MILLER: “Pippin”

The big winners: the musicals Kinky Boots, Matilda: The Musical and Pippin. They’re the likeliest candidates to visit the Fox Theatre in the future. But more on them later.

As it has for years, CBS affiliate WGCL carried the feed locally and all went well until 11 p.m. when WGCL switched to the local news. There was just one problem:  The Tony telecast lasted another seven minutes. Irate fans let the station have it via Facebook, phone and email. WGCL apologized profusely the next morning, and aired the missing seven minutes at the beginning of its 4, 5, 6 and 11 p.m. newscasts Monday.

PORTER: “Kinky Boots”

Station management also proclaimed WGCL’s passionate support for the arts — and metro artists are taking them at their word and calling for dedicated, increased coverage of the local scene. We’ll see.

Meanwhile, back at the Tonys. The 67th annual awards proved a big night for women, African-American artists and four-time host Neil Patrick Harris (above), whose opening and closing numbers have become the don’t-miss-or-else portions of the telecast.

Kinky Boots, based on a 2005 British movie about a real-life shoe factory that struggles until it finds new life in fetish footwear, won five awards including best musical. Matilda, about a little girl who decides her story will be extraordinary no matter the obstacles, won four awards, as did the revival of Pippin, the 1977 Bob Fosse musical restyled in Cirque du Soleil fashion.

In the best actor/play category, Tracy Letts’ win for Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? surprised celebrity watchers who’d put their money on Tom Hanks’ turn in Lucky GuyLetts played the same role at the Alliance Theatre in 2004, a staging directed by Steppenwolf Theatre colleague Amy Morton, nominated for best actress/play in this Broadway version. Letts, also a playwright, has been well-represented on Atlanta stages. Actor’s Express, under then artistic director Jasson Minadakis, did his Killer Joe (2004) and Bug (2005); the Alliance did his August: Osage County in 2011. Read on for a complete list of winners.

TYSON: "The Trip to Bountiful"
TYSON: “The Trip to Bountiful”

BEST PLAY: Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike by Christopher Durang, a modern-day riff on Chekhov.

 BEST MUSICAL: Kinky Boots

BEST BOOK / MUSICAL: Matilda: The Musical by Dennis Kelly

BEST REVIVAL / PLAY: Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Edward Albee’s fierce 1962 masterpiece about an imploding marriage.


BEST DIRECTION / PLAY: Pam MacKinnon, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

BEST DIRECTION / MUSICAL: Diane Paulus, Pippin

VANCE: "Lucky Guy"
VANCE: “Lucky Guy”

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE: Cyndi Lauper, Kinky Boots

BEST LEADING ACTOR / PLAY: Tracy Letts, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

BEST LEADING ACTRESS / PLAY: Cicely Tyson for The Trip to Bountiful

BEST LEADING ACTOR / MUSICAL: Billy Porter, Kinky Boots


BEST FEATURED ACTOR / PLAY: Courtney B. Vance, Lucky Guy

BEST FEATURED ACTRESS / PLAY: Judith Light, The Assembled Parties

BEST FEATURED ACTOR / MUSICAL: Gabriel Ebert, Matilda: The Musical


BEST SCENIC DESIGN / PLAY: John Lee Beatty, The Nance

BEST SCENIC DESIGN / MUSICAL: Rob Howell, Matilda: The Musical


BEST COSTUME DESIGN / MUSICAL: William Ivey Long, Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella

BEST LIGHTING DESIGN / PLAY: Jules Fisher & Peggy Eisenhauer, Lucky Guy

BEST LIGHTING DESIGN / MUSICAL: Hugh Vanstone, Matilda: The Musical

BEST SOUND DESIGN / PLAY: Leon Rothenberg, The Nance

BEST SOUND DESIGN / MUSICAL: John Shivers, Kinky Boots

BEST CHOREOGRAPHY: Jerry Mitchell, Kinky Boots

BEST ORCHESTRATIONS: Stephen Oremus, Kinky Boots



6 — Kinky Boots

4 — Matilda: The Musical

4 — Pippin

3 — The Nance, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

2 — Lucky Guy

1 — Assembled Parties; Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella; The Trip to Bountiful; Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike

About Kathy Janich

Kathy Janich is a longtime arts journalist who has been seeing, working in or writing about the performing arts for most of her life. She's a member of the Theatre Communications Group, the Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas, Americans for the Arts and the National Arts Marketing Project. Full disclosure: She’s also an artistic associate at Synchronicity Theatre.

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5 Comments on “Tony Award winners: A complete list”

  1. It would have been nice to see more written about Tracy Letts, who starred in a version of “Virginia Woolf” at the Alliance a number of years ago, directed by his co-star Amy Morton. His win over Tom Hanks was a major upset.

    And for the record, the show won three Tonys, not two – Best Director, Best Actor and Best Revival of a Play.

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