2013 TONY AWARDS

'Kinky Boots' struts off with most honors

2013-06-10T00:00:00Z 'Kinky Boots' struts off with most honorsThe Associated Press The Associated Press
June 10, 2013 12:00 am  • 

NEW YORK - The feel-good musical "Kinky Boots," with songs by pop star and Broadway newcomer Cyndi Lauper, won six 2013 Tony Awards on Sunday, including best musical, best score and best leading man.

Christopher Durang's comical "Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike" won for best play. "Matilda the Musical" and "Pippin" won four awards and two other shows - "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" and "The Nance" - snagged three awards each.

Lauper, who wrote the hit "Girls Just Want to Have Fun," was part of an impressive group of women who took top honors.

Diane Paulus and Pam MacKinnon both won for directing - a rare time women have won directing Tonys for both a musical and a play in the same year. (It also happened most recently at the 1998 Tonys.)

"Kinky Boots" also won for choreography and two technical awards, and Billy Porter won for leading man in a musical.

Porter beat "Kinky Boots" co-star Stark Sands and told him from the stage: "You are my rock, my sword, my shield. Your grace gives me presence. I share this award with you. I'm gonna keep it at my house! But I share it with you."

The awards cap a somewhat grim financial season on Broadway in which the total box office take was flat and the number of ticket buyers slipped 6 percent. Both numbers were blamed in part on superstorm Sandy, but high ticket prices and the lack of long-term audience growth has many worried.

The winners

Best Play: "Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike."

Best Musical: "Kinky Boots."

Best Book of a Musical: "Matilda the Musical."

Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theater: "Kinky Boots."

Best Revival of a Play: "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?"

Best Revival of a Musical: "Pippin."

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play: Tracy Letts, "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?"

Best Performance by an Actress in Leading Role in a Play: Cicely Tyson, "The Trip to Bountiful."

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical: Billy Porter, "Kinky Boots."

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical: Patina Miller, "Pippin."

Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play: Courtney B. Vance, "Lucky Guy."

Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play: Judith Light, "The Assembled Parties."

Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical: Gabriel Ebert, "Matilda the Musical."

Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical: Andrea Martin, "Pippin."

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