'Once' crowned best musical at the Tony Awards
Cristin Milioti, left, and Steve Kazee perform in a scene from "Once" at the 66th Annual Tony Awards on Sunday June 10, 2012, in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes /Invision/AP)
NEW YORK (AP) — The bittersweet musical "Once" captured the hearts of Tony Award voters on Sunday night, winning eight trophies and earning bragging rights as the top musical on Broadway, even as most shows came away with at least something to crow about.
"It's just amazing," said Cristin Milioti, the female lead in "Once," of her show's Tony haul, as she made a quick trip through the elaborate food stations at the gala post-Tony party at the Plaza Hotel.
Bruce Norris' "Clybourne Park," the remarkably perceptive Pulitzer Prize-winning play about race and real estate, won the best play Tony.
James Corden holds his award for "One Man, Two Guvnors" at the 66th Annual Tony Awards on Sunday June 10, 2012, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini /Invision/AP)
Audra McDonald was named best lead actress in a musical and her "The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess" was named best musical revival. This is her fifth Tony Award, tying the competitive record held by Angela Lansbury and Julie Harris.
"I was a little girl with a potbelly and afro puffs, hyperactive and overdramatic. And I found the theater, and I found my home," McDonald said. Looking down at her daughter from the stage, she said her big night wasn't as wonderful as the night her daughter was born.
Her one-time co-star in "110 in the Shade," Steve Kazee, a 36-year-old rising star and guitar player with matinee idol looks, emerged as best actor in a musical, and broke down thinking of his mother, who died Easter Sunday.