The 2014 Tony Awards, which were hosted by Hugh Jackman, saw A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder capture 4 Tonys and Hedwig and the Angry Inch get 3 of the coveted awards. Overall, the Tonys were spread out amongst numerous plays and musicals. Hedwig did dominate the musical revival category and A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder was the big winner as a musical.
Actors Who Did Not Disappoint
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play went to Bryan Cranston who played Lyndon Johnson in All the Way. All the Way also won for Best Play. It was no surprise that Neil Patrick Harris won the Tony for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical for his work in Hedwig and the Angry Inch. The buzz about Harris playing before the show opened was huge, and it was accurate. He’s fantastic. A lot of people were happy to see Jesse Mueller win for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical Jesse Mueller. Mueller, who plays Carole King in the musical Beautiful – The Carole King Musical offers Broadway audiences a captivating performance.
Audra McDonald Wins Again
Audra McDonald is so wonderful it seems as if she just has to walk on stage to win a Tony. Of course, this is not true. She is simply one of the best and most versatile actresses to ever appear on the American stage. She won her sixth Tony. This time it was for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play (Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill). McDonald plays blues singer Billie Holiday. Her sixth Tony win makes her the most-winning performer in Broadway history.
Shakespeare & An American Classic
The London production of Twelfth Night won two Tonys, including one for actor Mark Rylance who was chosen under the category Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play. He won it for the cross dressing role of Olivia. Also, it was Twelfth Night costume designer, Jenny Tiramani, who the Tony for Best Costume Design.
Lorraine Hansberry’s American classic A Raisin in the Sun received numerous awards. The revival, which stars Denzel Washington, saw the show win Best Revival of a Play. Also, Kenny Leon won for Best Direction of a Play.
Great Shows On Broadway
Broadway has some great new shows, including the numerous Tony winners, and some fantastic shows that continue their runs, such as Once, The Lion King, Chicago, and Wicked. Broadway groups can save a lot of money. Make sure if you do have a group going to The Great White Way that you take advantage of the various discounts offered by All Tickets on everything NYC.