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The 68th Annual Tony Awards

Held in New York City every year, the Tony awards are a celebration of Broadway theatrical excellence. Originally named the Antoinette Perry Awards after the famed actress and director, the nicknamed Tony awards began in 1947. Created after Perry’s death, the awards have been a society calendar highlight and hotly anticipated award ceremony ever since.  These prestigious awards are considered the highest accolade in American theatre and are extremely competitive, previous winners have been propelled into tremendous successes and include Broadway legends, Angela Lansbury, Elton John, Idina Menzel and musicals; Les Miserables, Lion King, Phantom of the Opera and The Producers among many, many others.

This years 68th Annual Tony awards was held in Radio City Music Hall in Manhattan and hosted by none other than Wolverine himself. The magnificent Hugh Jackman caused media puzzlement when he created a ‘bouncing’ hype prior to the awards ceremony. In actual fact it was part of his opening number, inspired by Bobby Van’s performance of ‘Take me to Broadway in the hit musical ‘Small Town Girl’ in which his character bounces through the town, almost like an exaggerated Tigger. Jackman’s interpretation took him from the edge of the red carpet through the audience and backstage where he met with some of the nominees of the night before finishing with an inevitable song and dance to ‘I Love The Tony’s’.  As the world’s gaze looked on the evening saw stunning performances by nominees and winners alike from this seasons musical productions. Neil Patrick Harris, winner of leading Actor in a Musical, stunned as Hedwig from ‘Hedwig and the Angry Inch’, Disney’s ‘Aladdin’ brought the audiences to its feet as did the company of ‘Rocky’ and ‘After Midnight’. Performance début for upcoming musical ‘Finding Neverland’  saw the return of Jennifer Hudson to the Broadway stage and even Sting graced the audience with a number from his musical ‘The Last Ship’. However it was the winner of Best Musical ‘A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder’ that stole the show with its comical timings and exasperating plot.  For the full list of winners, keep scrolling.

 (See the videos below for musical performances)

Some comical highlights of the evening were centred around the host himself as Jackman took to the stage to perform a revived version of the opening number from 1950s musical ‘The Music Man’. Joined by rap legends LL Cool J. and T.I they  monumentally gave the first ever rap performance on the Tony’s, many were left dazed and confused whilst others in the twittersphere went wild for the image of Wolverine rapping.

Of course away from the stage and grandiose costumes, make-up and copious amounts of glitter, the red carpet shined with the belles of the ball and this seasons fashions took centre stage. Bright colours and bold prints featured heavily embracing the summer weather whilst other channelled the autumn winter trends and donned embellished and textured dresses with brocade finishes and metallic hues.

 The Full List of Winners is as Follows: 

Best Musical: “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder”

Best Leading Actress in a Musical: Jessie Mueller, “Beautiful – The Carole King Musical”

Best Leading Actor in a Play: Bryan Cranston, “All the Way”

Best Leading Actress in a Play: Audra McDonald, “Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill”

Best Featured Actor in a Play: Mark Rylance, “Twelfth Night”

Best Featured Actress in a Musical: Lena Hall, “Hedwig and the Angry Inch”

Best Leading Actor in a Musical: Neil Patrick Harris, “Hedwig and the Angry Inch”

Best Play: “All the Way”

Best Revival of a Play: “A Raisin in the Sun”

Best Revival of a Musical: “Hedwig and the Angry Inch”

Best Lighting Design of a Play: Natasha Katz, “The Glass Menagerie”

Best Lighting Design of a Musical: Kevin Adams, “Hedwig and the Angry Inch”

Best Costume Design of a Play: Jenny Tiramani, “Twelfth Night”

Best Costume Design of a Musical: Linda Cho, “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder”

Best Featured Actress in a Play: Sophie Okonedo, “A Raisin in the Sun”

Best Choreography: Warren Carlyle, “After Midnight”

Best Featured Actor in a Musical: James Monroe Iglehart, “Aladdin”

Best Score: Jason Robert Brown, “The Bridges of Madison County”

Best Director of a Play: Kenny Leon, “A Raisin in the Sun”

Best Director of a Musical: Darko Tresnjak, “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder”

Best Book of a Musical: Robert L. Freedman, “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder”

Best Orchestrations: Jason Robert Brown, “The Bridges of Madison County”

Best Scenic Design of a Play: Beowulf Boritt, “Act One”

Best Scenic Design of a Musical: Christopher Barreca, “Rocky”

Best Sound Design of a Play: Steve Canyon Kennedy, “Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill”

Best Sound Design of a Musical: Brian Ronan, “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical”

Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theater: Costume designer Jane Greenwood

Isabelle Stevenson Award: Rosie O’Donnell

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