Johansson, Zeta-Jones and Denzel win Broadway’s Tony Awards
Monday 14 June 2010
With a Broadway season packed with Hollywood actors and television stars, such as Jude Law, Kelsey Grammer and Christopher Walken, the Tony Awards honored the American theater season's best at the 64th annual ceremony from Radio City Music Hall, telecast on June 13.
Winning their first Tonys were Scarlett Johansson, who won Best Performance by a Featured Actress for her debut in Arthur Miller's A View from the Bridge and Denzel Washington the winner for Best Leading Actor for the revival of August Wilson's Fences along with his co-star Viola Davis ( Doubt). Catherine Zeta-Jones won for the revival of Stephen Sondheim's musical A Little Night Music.
Fela!, about the Afro-beat musician and activist Nigerian superstar Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, had 11 nominations and took three awards, notably Best Choreographer, while the revival of La Cage aux Folles, also with 11 nominations, won Best Director for a Musical. The musical Memphis, an R&B musical set in the 1950s, won Best Musical.
Among the awards presented for musical and dramas, there were many British actors and productions from London's West End among the winners, such as Red, about the Russian-born American painter Mark Rothko, portrayed by Alfred Molino. It won Best Play, Best Director and Eddie Redmayne took Best Featured Actor.
The event's host was Sean Hayes, formerly of the popular television show Will and Grace and nominated for his Broadway debut in Promises, Promises, a revival inspired by Billy Wilder's Oscar-winner The Apartment and featuring the music of Burt Bacharach and Hal David.
The all-star lineup of presenters and performers included Harry Potter's Daniel Radcliffe, Antonio Banderas, Helen Mirren, Will Smith, Lea Michele and Matthew Morrison from TV's Glee, singer Ricky Martin set to perform in a revival of Evita in 2012, and the rock band Green Day, whose album American Idiot was adapted into a nominated musical.
With 39 new shows at Broadway's theaters and several revivals, New York City's theater attracted a record 12 million viewers to shows.
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