British actors Helen Mirren and Richard McCabe were early winners at the 69th Tony Awards on Sunday night amid high expectations for UK artists.
Mirren won her first Tony Award, for Leading Actress, for her portrayal of Queen Elizabeth II in Peter Morgan's The Audience. McCabe won his for Featured Actor for his performance in the same play, as the late Harold Wilson.
“Given that nobody here has heard of the British Prime Minster I play, I am very pleased,” said McCabe. “I think Harold Wilson would be tickled.”
Mirren beat Geneva Carr in Hand to God, Elisabeth Moss from The Heidi Chronicles, Carey Mulligan in Skylight and Ruth Wilson of Constellations.
The event in New York was hosted by Kristin Chenoweth and Alan Cummin. The show opened with them singing a medley of standards, zoomed through the season's musicals and was due to end three hours later with the current cast of Jersey Boys singing Oh, What a Night.
The event at Radio City Music Hall was due to feature appearances by Jennifer Lopez, Sting, Jim Parsons, Amanda Seyfried, Kiefer Sutherland, Bryan Cranston, Sutton Foster, Jennifer Nettles, Taye Diggs and Ashley Tisdale, the Associated Press said.
In pictures: Tony Awards 2015
In pictures: Tony Awards 2015
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Helen Mirren, winner of the award for Best Lead Actress in a Play for 'The Audience'
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Richard McCabe, winner of the award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play for 'The Audience'
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Michael Cerveris, winner of the award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical for 'Fun Home,' and Kelli O'Hara, winner of the award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical for 'The King and I'
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Corey Mitchell with the Excellence in Theater Education award
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Alex Sharp with his award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play for 'The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time'
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(L-R): Chris Harpa, author Simon Stephens, producers Stewart Thompson, Rufus Norris and Tim Levi of 'The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time' with the award for Best Play
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The cast of 'Fun Home,' winner of the award for Best Musical
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Laura Kepley (L) and Kevin Moore of Cleveland Play House, winner of the Regional Theatre Tony Award
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Catherine Zuber with her award for Best Costume Design of a Musical 'The King and I'
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Ruthie Ann Miles with her award for the best featured actress in a musical for her performance in 'The King and I'
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Marianne Elliott with her award for the best Direction of a Play on the 'The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time'
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Neil Patrick Harris
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Christie and Finn Ross with their award for Best Scenic Design of a Play for 'The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time'
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Annaleigh Ashford with her award for Best Performance By An Actress In A Featured Role In A Play for 'You Can't Take It with You'
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Lisa Kron (L) and Jeanine Tesori, winners of the award for Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre for 'Fun Home'
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Christopher Oram, winner of the award for Best Costume Design of a Play for 'Wolf Hall Parts One & Two'
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John Cameron Mitchell with his Special Tony Award backstage
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Christopher Austin (L) and Bill Elliott (R), winners for Best Orchestrations for 'An American in Paris'
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Sam Gold with his award for Best Direction Of A Musical for 'Fun Home'
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Christian Borle with his award for Best Performance By An Actor In A Featured Role In A Musical for 'Something Rotten!'
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Reports said that during the three hour event Josh Groban was to lead an “In Memoriam” section when he was to sing You'll Never Walk Alone from the 1945 Rodgers and Hammerstein musical Carousel, backed by the casts of all the shows appearing on the telecast, some 175 people.
In all, there were scheduled to be 11 musical performances and 24 competitive Tonys were to be handed out, some tucked in during commercial breaks. The best play nominees were being showcased in video clips.
Producers said in advance that they were hoping to beat last year's average of 7.02m viewers. But as happened last year, the Tonys were having to compete against Game 2 of the NBA Finals, which starts at the same time.
A total of 37 shows opened during the season and box offices reported a record total gross of $1.36bn — up from $1.27 bn from the previous season.Reuse content