The Tony Awards on Sunday brought both expected wins as well as surprises.
The wins for this year’s Tony Awards were more evenly split than last year’s near-sweep with The Book of Mormon; this year, the plays Clybourne Park and Once shared the title for most awards won.
Clybourne Park, a drama revolving around race and the real estate market, took the title of best play, and indie-film-turned-Broadway-musical Once, a musical about an Irish street musician and a Czech immigrant, won the best musical category at the 66th annual Tony Awards.
Once was a deemed as a surprise hit and won eight out of the 11 Tony Awards for, which it was nominated, including John Tiffany’s award for musical directing, Clive Goodwin’s for sound design, Bob Crowley’s for scenic design and Natasha Katz’s for lighting design.
Another film adapted musical, Disney’s 1992 Newsies, an uplifting musical about a New York newsboys’ strike, called this year’s Tony Awards a success, taking home best choreography and best score.
Old favorites were also represented at this year’s Tony Awards. Arthur Miller’s play of American tragedy, Death of a Salesman, won for best revival of a play, while famous song-writing duo – and brothers – George and Ira Gershwin also received many honors.
Tony voters picked the Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess for best music revival, beating out other fan favorites like Evita, Jesus Christ Superstar and Follies.
The Tony Awards were hosted for the third time by Neil Patrick Harris, whom, as per usual, helped keep the night’s level of excitement high as he switched between high-energy and dramatic acts.