The 66th annual Tony Awards air tonight live from the Beacon Theater in New York. The annual theater award program is hosted for the third time by How I Met Your Mother star Neil Patrick Harris. The program will include 16 performances and will feature cameos by theater’s cross-over stars including Ricky Martin, Matthew Broderick, and James Earl Jones.
The musical Once based off of the 2006 cult film classic leads the pack with 11 nominations. The musical Newsies is also a strong leader. In the play category Pulizer Prize winning Clybourne Park is a big contender as is Other Desert Cities, and Venus in Fur.
PolicyMic will be live blogging with results beginning at 9pm and ending at 11pm EST. Expect many celebrity cameos including Patti Lupone, Amanda Seyfried and special awards given to Hugh Jackman.
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UPDATES: 11:20PM Full List of Winners
Best Actress (Musical):
Audra McDonald; Porgy and Bess
Best Actress (Play):
Nina Arianda; Venus in Fur
Best Actor (Play):
James Corden; One Man, Two Guvnors
Best Actor (Musical):
Steve Kazee; Once
Best Musical Revival:
The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess
Lighting Design (Play):
Jeff Croiter; Peter and the Starcatcher
Best Lighting Design (Musical):
Natasha Katz; Once and Follies
Best Play Revival:
Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman
Best Scenic Design (Musical):
Bob Crowley; Once
Best Original Score:
Music: Alan Menken, Lyrics: Jack Feldman; Newsies
Best Scenic Design (Play):
Donyale Werle; Peter and the Starcatcher
Featured Actress (Musical):
Judy Kaye; Nice Work If You Can Get It
Costume Design (Musical):
Gregg Barnes; Follies
Featured Actor (Play):
Christian Borle; Peter and the Starcatcher
Costume Design (Play):
Paloma Young; Peter and the Starcatcher
Mike Nichols; Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman
John Tiffany; Once
Sound Design (Play):
Darron L. West; Peter and the Starcatcher
Featured Actor (Musical):
Michael McGrath; Nice Work If You Can Get It
Sound Design (Musical):
Clive Goodwin; Once
Featured Actress (Play):
Judith Light; Other Desert Cities
Book of a Musical:
Christopher Gattelli; Newsies
Martin Lowe; Once
11:05PM Neil Patrick Harris sings us out to say goodnight. "We're out of ... "
11:03PM Once is the winner!
11:01PM Final award of the night. Who will win Best Musical?
10:55PM For Leading Actress in a Musical goes to Audra McDonald. McDonald has previously won four Tonys in the 'Feature Actress' category, this is her first as a 'Lead'. McDonald gets a full audience standing ovation. Has the audience, including her 11-year-old daughter, in tears.
10:52PM The always-classy Christopher Plummer takes the stage to present the award for Leading Actress in a Play. Nina Arianda wins for Venus In Fur. Arianda says to Plummer "Sir, you were my first crush."
10:43PM The cast of the cancelled Leap of Faith takes the stage with frontman Raul Esparza. Here's a look at the show ... even thought it's no longer running.
10:39PM James Corden (One Man, Two Guvnors) beats out John Lithgow, James Earl Jones, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Frank Langella and John Lithgow for Best Performance By An Actor In A Leading Role In A Play.
10:37PM Best Performance By A Lead Actor In A Leading Role In A Musical goes to Steve Kazee for Once. Kazee gives a heartbreaking and heartfelt thanks to the cast of Once and to his mother, who passed away on Easter Sunday.
10:35PM In 2004 Hugh Jackman won the Tony for his performance in The Boy From Oz. Here's a look:
10:31PM Hugh Jackman looks genuinely surprised when his wife takes the stage to present him with his Special Tony Award.
10:24PM Subtle lol's as woman crowd-surfs in the background as Neil Patrick Harris talks us into the commercial break.
10:21PM A Hairspray number is underway ... even though Hairspray is no longer on Broadway. Basically this is a commercial for the cruises that Hairspray is currently being performed on.
10:16PM Original Evita stars Patti Lupone and Mandy Patinkin present award for Best Revival of a Musical. The winner: Porgy and Bess.
10:14PM Corbin Bleu (High School Musical) and cast of Godspell are dancing in the audience. Hugh Jackman joins in the fun for a little aisle dancing. Here's a peek of the Godspell revival production:
10:06PM Ricky Martin and the cast of Evita on stage. For reasons completely unknown Elena Roger is not singing "Don't Cry For Me Argentina".
10:00PM Jim Parsons (Big Bang Theory) presents the award for Best Play. The winner is Clybourne Park which also won the 2011 Pulitzer Prize.
9:57PM Neil Patrick Harris makes his post commercial break joke: "While you were gone Tyler Perry just sold out the entire season of Porgy and Madea."
9:54PM My middle school crush Ricky Martin will be performing next.
9:47PM An incredibly beautiful performance by the Once cast. Here's a peek at the Broadway show:
9:46PM Josh Groban introduces the company of Once for a live performance. Here's the trailer from the movie that the musical is based off of:
9:43PM No surprise in the Best Revival of a Play category; the award goes to Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman.
9:37PM The cast of Porgy and Bess are blowing my mind right now. Audra McDonald deserves a Tony just for her performance at the Tonys. Here's a taste of the current (controversial) production.
9:35PM Sheryl Crow decked out for the event. What do you think?
9:33PM Newsies wins for Best Original Score.
9:30PM Sheryl Crow takes the stage to present Best Original Score award. Crow recently wrote the score for the new show Diner based off of Barry Levinson's 1982 film.
9:29PM Neil Patrick Harris does a mash-up of Broadway's best songs and makes it look easy. Can he do everything?
9:20PM On the anniversary of the late Judy Garland's 90th birthday, Tracie Bennet takes to the stage singing Garland's classic "The Trolley Song". Here's a clip of Garland singing the song in the 1944 movie Meet Me in St. Louis:
9:14PM Judy Kaye wins the award for Best Featured Actress Role in a Musical for her role in Nice Work If You Can Get It. Her costar Michal McGrath won earlier in the night. She dedicates her award to her father who passed away last week.
9:13PM What do we think of Jessica Chastain's Tony Awards dress?
9:04PM Matthew Broderick (I love him) takes the stage for a number from Nice Work If You Can Get It.
8:59PM Jessica Chastain of The Help fame gives the award to Christian Borle for Peter and the Starcatcher. Chastain will star in The Heiress on Broadway in the fall.
8:57PM Neil Patrick Harris has been hanging upside down for about three minutes a la Spiderman ...
8:49PM Company of Jesus Christ Superstar takes the stage for a little song and dance.
8:45PM No surprise as the uber-celebrated Mike Nichols (he won an Academy Award for directing The Graduate) wins a record breaking sixth Tony -- this time for his performance in Death of a Salesman. His acceptance speech gives us the ceremonies first bleep out of the night. The all-star cast of Death of a Salesman also includes Andrew Garfield and Philip Seymour Hoffman.
8:42PM John Tiffany wins for best director for the show Once. His win forecasts a Best Musical win for the show.
8:39PM Performance by cast of Ghost is happening ... not very amped to see the show after this number. Here's a sample of the show, hopefully it will jazz you up more than the live performace:
8:32PM Great performance going on right now by cast of Follies. Here's a taste:
8:27PM Amanda Seyfried presents the award for Best Performance By an Actor in A Featured Role in a Musical to Michael McGrath for Nice Work If You Can Get It.
8:25PM Neil Patrick Harris combines popular movies with popular musicals: The Exo-Sister Act, Field of Dream Girls, The Bridge on the River Kwai Baby, My Left Footloose.
8:19PM Newsies which already one for Best Choreography gives an unbelievable performance. Here's a little sample of Newsies:
8:13PM Paul Rudd gives the award to Judith Light for Best Performance by Actress in a Featured Role in a Play in for her role in Other Desert Cities.
8:12PM Neil Patrick Harris starts the night with a powerful opening number including cameos from Patti Lupone and Amanda Seyfried.
8:05PM Neil Patrick Harris opens the show with a one-liner: "Welcome to the 66th annual Tony Awards, or, as we like to call it, 'Fifty Shades Of Gay.'"