It was a big night for the theater. The Tony Awards were dominated by two diverse shows – Tom Stoppard’s ‘The Coast of the Utopia’ and the rock musical ‘Spring Awakening’ took home the top honors. Stoppard’s epic trilogy won seven of the awards given for Broadway productions and performances, including best play and director, and ‘Spring Awakening’ dominated the musical categories, taking home eight prizes including best musical and direction of a musical.
‘Coast of Utopia’ cast members Billy Crudup and Jennifer Ehle won acting awards for their supporting roles and the show also won for scenery, costumes and lighting.
Frank Langella won the Tony for best leading actor in a play for his role as Richard Nixon in ‘Frost/Nixon,’ a dramatization of David Frost’s 1977 television interviews with the disgraced president.
Julie White, who played a pushy celebrity agent in ‘The Little Dog Laughed,’ won best actress in a play, beating big names Vanessa Redgrave and Angela Lansbury.
‘Grey Gardens,’ a critical hit about two reclusive, eccentric relatives of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, had 10 nominations but won just three awards — acting awards for star Christine Ebersole and supporting actress Mary Louise Wilson, and best costumes in a musical.
The Tony for best actor in a musical went to David Hyde Pierce, best known for his role as Niles in the long-running television sitcom ‘Frasier.’ He played a singing detective in the musical ‘Curtains.’
Tons of photos (Christina Applegate, Eddie Izzard, John Mahoney, Tommy Tune, Robert Sean Leonard, Bebe Neuwirth, Donny Osmond, Zach Braff, Vanessa Williams, Patti Lupone, Harvey Fierstein, Tamara Tunie, Sam Waterston, Vanessa Redgrave, Martha Plimpton, Idina Menzel, Taye Diggs, Harry Connick Jr., Jane Krakowski, Duncan Sheik, Johnny Galecki, Hugh Dancy, Anne Heche, Tonya Pinkins, Billy Crudup, Melina Kanakaredes, Naomi Watts, Liev Schriber, Felicity Huffman, Cynthia Nixon, Bernadette Peters, Florence Henderson, Marcia Gay Harden, Fantasia) from the Tony Awards red carpet are after the jump.
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