"KINKY BOOTS" THE BIG WINNER AT THE TONY AWARDS

Jun 10, 2013

By Scott Walker

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A feel-good musical about a failing shoe factory that finds success making footwear for drag queens was the big winner at last night’s Tony awards.

Based on a British film, Kinky Boots won six Tonys, including best musical, best original score by Cindy Lauper, and best leading man for Billy Porter.

The Tony for best new play went to Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike. Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? won best revival of a play, and Pippin won best musical revival.

Long-time Toronto resident Andrea Martin won best performance by an actor in a featured roll for Pippin.

Both directing awards went to women. Pam McKinnon won for her direction of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and Diane Paulus won for Pippin.

Tom Hanks was widely expected to take home the prize for best performance by a leading actor for his Broadway debut in Lucky Guy. But voters gave the award to Tracy Letts for his role in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Seventy-nine year-old Cicely Tyson won her first Tony Award for the revival of Trip to Bountiful. It was also the first nomination for the Broadway and Hollywood veteran.

 

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