2014-06-30 CATEGORY: Broadway
The 68th American Theatre Wing’s Annual Tony Awards® were broadcast June 8 on CBS. Hosted by Tony Award-winning actor Hugh Jackman, it was a night of star-studded appearances, live performances, and a tip of the hat to Broadway’s past – and present.
Among the highlights of the night, Audra McDonald won a record-breaking sixth Tony Award for best performance by an actress, winning for her portrayal of Billie Holiday in Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill. McDonald topped the previous record held by Angela Lansbury and Julie Harris.
Bryan Cranston won a Tony for best performance by an actor in a leading role in a play for his portrayal of President Lyndon B. Johnson in the Tony-winning best play All the Way, about the passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Bill.
After a show-stopping performance that included some intimate audience engagement with Sting and others, Neil Patrick Harris took home the Tony for best performance by an actor in a leading role in a musical for his portrayal of Hedwig in Hedwig and the Angry Inch.
The coveted best musical Tony went to A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder, a hilarious look at greed, charm and, of course, murder.
Both Gentleman's Guide and Hedwig were the big winners of the night, with each show taking home four Tony Awards.
Click here for a full list of the night’s winners.