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2012 Tony AwardsAnother year, another great Broadway season, and another eagerly anticipated Tony Awards ceremony. This year's show featured a bunch of thrilling performances, some touching (and some funny) acceptance speeches, and the amusing charm of host Neil Patrick Harris. His first number, which wondered out loud what it would be like if life were more like Broadway, featured cameos by stars like Patti LuPone and Amanda Seyfried, and his final song recapped the night's events while simultaneously lamenting that there was, sadly, no time for it. Overall, a solid show of the quality we have come to expect.

Now, on to the juicy part: the winners. Many people were rooting for Once, a little musical based on a little movie that gained a cult following and critical acclaim. It was the big winner of the night, winning 8 awards out of 11 nominations, including Best Musical and Best Actor in a Leading Role for Steve Kazee. In years past, Best Musical has often gone to bigger, more commercial vehicles rather than the smaller, edgier, and more artistic choices (2009's Billy Elliot's victory over the Pulitzer Prize-winning Next to Normal, for example), but Once staved off the hysteria surrounding Disney's Newsies for the big prize. Newsies fans can be proud that the show did take Best Score and Best Choreography, though. Other satisfying moments came when fan and critic favorites Audra McDonald and Judith Light took home Best Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical and Best Actress in a Featured Role in a Play, respectively.

On the play side, the imaginative Peter and the Starcatcher took home the most trophies (though it lost Best Play to Pulitzer Prize-winner Clybourne Park), including a win for Smash star Christian Borle. And the starry revival of Death of a Salesman snagged Best Revival of a Play and Best Direction, leaving many surprised that the movie-star appeal of its big stars Andrew Garfield and Philip Seymour Hoffman didn't bring them home the gold as it has done for so many others in the past (see 2010 Tonys going to Scarlett Johansson in A View from the Bridge and Catherine Zeta-Jones in A Little Night Music). That being said, as a true Broadway fan, it's good to see theatre actors take home Tonys despite competition from Hollywood stars.

With the 2012 Tonys over, it's time to start following the 2012-2013 season. There are some great shows in the works, and surely another spectacular show set for next June. Thankfully, I still have this year's show on my DVR to tide me over.

Here's the list of winners by show!

Once - 8
Peter and the Starcatcher - 5
The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess - 2
Nice Work If You Can Get It - 2
Newsies - 2
Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman - 2
Follies - 1
One Man, Two Guvnors - 1
Other Desert Cities - 1
Clybourne Park - 1
Venus in Fur - 1


And here's a full list of the winners by category!

Best Musical
Once

Best Play
Clybourne Park by Bruce Norris

Best Revival of a Play
Death of a Salesman

Best Revival of a Musical
Porgy and Bess

Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play
James Corden, One Man, Two Guvnors

Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play
Nina Arianda, Venus in Fur

Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical
Steve Kazee, Once

Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical
Audra McDonald, Porgy and Bess

Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Play
Christian Borle, Peter and the Starcatcher

Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Play
Judith Light, Other Desert Cities

Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical
Michael McGrath, Nice Work If You Can Get It

Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical
Judy Kaye, Nice Work If You Can Get It

Best Director of a Play
Mike Nichols, Death of a Salesman

Best Director of a Musical
John Tiffany, Once

Best Choreography
Christopher Gattelli, Newsies

Best Score
Alan Menken and Jack Feldman, Newsies

Best Book
Enda Walsh, Once

Best Orchestrations
Martin Lowe, Once

Best Scenic Design of a Play
Donyale Werle, Peter and the Starcatcher

Best Scenic Design of a Musical
Bob Crowley, Once

Best Costume Design of a Play
Paloma Young, Peter and the Starcatcher

Best Costume Design of a Musical
Gregg Barnes, Follies

Best Lighting Design of a Play
Jeff Croiter, Peter and the Starcatcher

Best Lighting Design of a Musical
Natasha Katz, Once

Best Sound Design of a Play
Darron L. West, Peter and the Starcatcher

Best Sound Design of a Musical
Clive Goodwin, Once

Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre
Emanuel Azenberg

Regional Theatre Award
The Shakespeare Theatre Company, Washtington, D.C.

Isabelle Stevenson Award
Bernadette Peters

Special Tony Award
Hugh Jackman
Actors' Equity Association

Tony Honors for Excellence in the Theatre
Freddie Gershon
Artie Siccardi
TDF Open Doors

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