Neil Patrick Harris hosts ‘bigger, better’ Tony Awards

Neil Patrick Harris hosted the "bigger, better best-of Tony shows" for the fourth time on Sunday June 9.
Neil Patrick Harris hosted the “bigger, better best-of Tonys show” for the fourth time on Sunday.

For the fourth (nonconsecutive) year, consummate host Neil Patrick Harris helmed the Tony Awards. The 67th annual ceremonies kicked off with an opening number dedicated to the many children who are currently taking the stage nightly on the Great White Way, ranging from the four young girls who share the lead in “Matilda” (who jointly received Tony Honors for Excellence in the Theatre) to the orphans of “Annie” and seemingly dozens of others. Harris sang of “so many child actors high on Red Bull and endorphins” and wondered, “Is there a Tonys day care where all of you go?”

The first trophy of the night went to Courtney B. Vance for Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play for “Lucky Guy.” Later, Judith Light won as the featured actress in the same category for “The Assembled Parties.” Other standouts as of press time were technical wins for “The Nance” (costume design and sound design of a play) and “Kinky Boots” (sound and orchestration for a musical). “Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella” took home a Best Costume Design Award, while Dennis Kelly won for writing the book to “Matilda.”

Big-name presenters included Scarlett Johansson, Alan Cumming, Liam Neeson, Oliver Platt, Zachary Quinto and Audra McDonald. But most of the evening’s awards were given out by actors currently onstage on Broadway, in full costume, including the current leads Guy and Girl from last year’s big winner, “Once.” Mike Tyson (present) and Shia Labeouf (not present) were lampooned for the former’s one-man tribute show and the latter’s sudden departure from “Orphans” this season.

Live performances included a mash-up of songs from “Matilda” (sporting 12 nominations, including for Best Musical), “Bring It On” (two nods) and “Cinderella” (nine nominations). Upcoming performances are set to include “Kinky Boots,” “Motown” and “Pippin.” There will also be a special performance by lyricist Cyndi Lauper, who is highlighted for her work with Harvey Fierstein on “Kinky Boots.”

Get more insights from backstage by following  T. Michelle Murphy on Twitter: @TMichelleMurphy

And the winners are …

Best Costume Design of a Musical
William Ivey Long, Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella

Best Costume Design of a Play
Ann Roth, The Nance

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

Best Sound Design of a Musical
John Shivers, Kinky Boots

Best Orchestrations
Stephen Oremus, Kinky Boots

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

Best Sound Design of a Play
Leon Rothenberg, The Nance

Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical
Gabriel Ebert, Matilda The Musical

Best Book of a Musical
Dennis Kelly, Matilda The Musical

Best Direction of a Musical
Diane Paulus, Pippin

Best Direction of a Play
Pam MacKinnon, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Best Choreography
Jerry Mitchell, Kinky Boots

Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre
Kinky Boots, music and lyrics by Cyndi Lauper

Best Scenic Design of a Play
John Lee Beatty, The Nance

Best Scenic Design of a Musical
Rob Howell, Matilda The Musical

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

Best Play
Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, written by Christopher Durang

Best Lighting Design of a Musical
Hugh Vanstone, Matilda The Musical

Best Revival of a Play
Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? by the Steppenwolf Theatre Company

Best Lighting Design of a Play
Jules Fisher & Peggy Eisenhauer, Lucky Guy

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

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 a Leading Role in a Play
Cicely Tyson, The Trip to Bountiful

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

Best Revival of a Musical
Pippin, staged by American Repertory Theater

Best Musical
Kinky Boots, Jujamcyn Theaters


News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
Local

Monday is the deadline to register for Pennsylvania…

If residents want to vote in the May primary, which includes a vote for a new City Council member, today is the deadline to register.

National

Miss America thinks school should reconsider discipline of…

A Pa. student was suspended for asking Miss America to prom.

Local

Aria Health Torresdale workers caught selling prescription drugs

Two Aria Health at Torresdale employees were fired amid accusations they sold prescription drugs out of the Northeast Philadelphia campus.

National

Rubin 'Hurricane' Carter died Sunday from prostate cancer…

Former U.S. professional boxer Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, who spent 19 years in prison for murder and then was released after it was determined he did not get a fair trial,…

Television

Discovery cancels 'Everest Jump Live' special in wake…

The Discovery Channel has indicated it will not be moving forward with "Everest Jump Live," a planned special about mountain climber Joby Ogwyn's effort to…

The Word

'X-Men' director Bryan Singer drama continues

  News broke late last week that "X-Men" and "The Usual Suspects" director Bryan Singer is being sued by a man who said Singer molested…

The Word

Miley Cyrus cancels more dates, tweeting from hospital

Miley Cyrus is reportedly so sick that she's had to postpone more tour dates. We know this because she has been sitting in a hospital…

Music

Loop are, er, um, back in the loop

Experimental noise rock band Loop's three mid-1980s to early-1990s albums, “Heavens End,” “Fade Out” and “A Gilded Eternity,” were mercifully reissued.

NHL

Ray Emery steps up in Flyers’ Game 2…

Sure, he allowed two goals in the Rangers’ first four shots Sunday afternoon, but it’s about how you start, not how you finish.

NHL

Flyers come from behind, even series with Rangers

The Flyers overcame a two-goal deficit to get a much-needed win at Madison Square Garden Sunday.

MLB

Phillies get set for four against the Dodgers

The Phillies will face tough starting pitching out west against the Dodgers this week.

MLB

Phillies notebook: Cole Hamels returns this week

The Phillies should receive a big boost when Cole Hamels returns during the Dodgers series.

Travel

Packing: The one thing you need in your…

A new survey that looks at the travel habits of 50,000 people around the world has revealed that Western and Asian globetrotters have different priorities…

Home

Is your chair making it hard to talk?

Ever wished there was an office chair that could make impromptu meetings and discussions more private? The Cristiana Wing Chair is an asymmetrical armchair which…

Travel

Live large at these luxury hotels

From Thai boxing lessons and macabre Dracula tours to the Australian Outback, the Four Seasons hotel chain launched a series of new travel packages this…

Parenting

4 things that every summer camp should have

Alan Saltz, director of the 92nd street Y program lists things that every summer camp should have.