Tony Awards shockers: ‘Kinky Boots’ kicks butt, Tom Hanks skunked

Kinky Boots” topped the Tony Awards with six wins, including an upset victory for Best Musical against frontrunner “Matilda,” which had swept the Olivier Awards in the UK. “Kinky” also won Best Actor (Billy Porter) and Cyndi Lauper was awarded Best Musical Score, making her the first woman to win that category solo; she’s now only an Oscar away from completing her EGOT.

For the complete list of winners, click here.

Matilda” didn’t win the top prize, but it did take Best Book of a Musical and Best Lighting Design, and it surprised to win Best Featured Actor (Gabriel Ebert), upsetting “Pippin‘s” Terrence Mann.

Pippin” won the prize for Best Musical Revival. Patina Miller won Best Actress in a Musical for a role that previously won Ben Vereen a Best Actor Tony for the original 1972 production. The circus-themed production also won Best Featured Actress (Andrea Martin) and Best Direction of a Musical.

Among plays, “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” won top honors, taking Best Play, its only win in six nominations.

But “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” was the big winner among plays, taking Best Play Revival. It also suprised to win Best Direction of a Play, and in one of the night’s biggest upsets, Tracy Letts won Best Actor in a Play, defeating the heavily favored Tom Hanks in “Lucky Guy“; Letts previously won a Tony and Pulitzer Prize for his play “August: Osage County,” which he adapted into an upcoming film starring Meryl Streep.

Letts follows Bill Irwin, who also upset to win Best Actor in a Play for playing the same role in a 2005 revival of “Virginia Woolf.”

Though “Lucky Guy” lost its top two categories, it won two others: Best Featured Actor (Courtney B. Vance) and Best Lighting Design.

The Nance” was not up for Best Play, but it nevertheless won a trio of technical honors: Sound Design, Costume Design, and Scenic Design.

Cicely Tyson won Best Actress in a Play for “The Trip to Bountiful,” the only victory in four nominations for that revival.

Judith Light won her second consecutive Tony for Best Featured Actress in a Play for “The Assembled Parties” after winning that category last year for “Other Desert Cities.”

4 thoughts on “Tony Awards shockers: ‘Kinky Boots’ kicks butt, Tom Hanks skunked

  1. With so many close races this season (more than any in memory!) it is hardly surprising that few got a spectacular number of predictions right. I did not agree with every award – who ever does – but was offended by none and absolutely pleased that they got almost all the major awards right. There certainly were no “shockers” to anyone who actually follows Broadway with more than a movie mentality. The only real disappointments were that an unusually large number of the numbers didn’t come off with the Tony’s usual elan. The MATILDA number (I’m in the minority which did not enjoy the show) probably sold as many tickets as the PACIFIC OVERTURES number (a show I adored) did its year – although it made the ANNIE revival look good and probably sold tickets for THEM.

  2. Ridiculous that Terrence Mann lost to Gabriel Ebert. That should have been a lock for an actor in such a great role, with such a phenomenal career to that point.

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