The Broadway community celebrated its biggest night of the year at the 67th Annual Tony Awards! There was no shortage of big wins (including Cyndi Lauper and Billy Porter for Kinky Boots), big moments (Neil Patrick Harris’s fourth time hosting), and big names (like Audra McDonald and Anna Kendrick) as the crowd celebrated at Radio City Music Hall and the after-party at The Plaza. Most importantly, they were all there to shed light on the importance of live theater. “What’s great about it being on television, is that across the country there’s more and more people who get to experience live theater and the songs and the music and the actors,” presenter Bernadette Peters told InStyle.com. Judith Light, winner of Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play, agreed. “People understand that there is an art that is involved in this, and that those of us who put on the show and those people who come to see the shows are really connected with each other,” she said. “I think theater and art in any way brings the culture up to another level and I think people long for that in their soul. I know I do.” See more moments in the gallery.
Everybody say yeah for Kinky Boots! The musical Cyndi Lauper penned the music and lyrics for—a story about two unlikely friends who come together to save a shoe factory by producing drag queen-friendly kinky boots—won six Tonys at the 2013 Tony Awards last night (it was nominated for 13). It was a big moment for Lauper, who was taken over by emotion and gratitude starting on the red carpet, through to her acceptance speech for Best Original Score, to when she crashed in the Paramount Hotel Winners’ Room (shown above). “It’s wild, isn’t it?” she said before heading into Radio City Music Hall for the big night. “I was so fortunate to be welcomed by Harvey [Fierstein, who wrote the book] and everyone. I felt like Dorothy a little bit, you know? Like in my goofy red kinky boots.” And the Queens-born singer said, like Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz, there’s no place like being home in New York. “[Broadway has] really taken me in. It is a very warm and welcoming community. I feel humbled by it in a lot of ways because they work really, really hard. I’m not shy to hard work.” Her hard work paid off! Scroll down to watch a clip from Kinky Boots, with lead actor Stark Sands and the cast performing the hit song, “Everybody Say Yeah.” More
Neil Patrick Harris did it again! The star of How I Met Your Mother hosted the Tony Awards for the fourth time last night, and his singing, dancing, rapping, and joking got the audience crowd to their feet inside Radio City Music Hall for the 67th anniversary of Broadway’s biggest night. But before his opening number ever kicked off, the actors, producers, playwrights, and presenters all made their way down the red carpet set up on the sidewalk of Sixth Avenue. The guest list offered a mix of theater-loving style stars (like presenter Scarlett Johansson in Saint Laurent), best-dressed plus-ones (like Debra Messing in Matthew Christopher supporting her nominated partner Will Chase and Sienna Miller in Burberry supporting her beau Tom Sturridge), and Broadway vets (like Judith Light, who handpicked her white Zac Posen gown straight from the designer). “He is remarkable,” Light said of Posen. “The first time I met him, he was so kind and so sweet to me, he really blew me away.” And she blew away Tony voters—Light walked away with the Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play for her role as Faye in The Assembled Parties. Click to see what everyone wore.
The 67th Annual Tony Awards air tomorrow! It’s Broadway’s biggest night, and the stars are all headed to the legendary Radio City Music Hall to celebrate the greatness of the Great White Way. Here’s what we can’t wait to see:
Neil Patrick Harris will return to host the show for the fourth time, and we hear he’s been rehearsing like mad to get ready for the big night. Last year, he called The Tonys “50 Shades of Gay.” What’s going to be his lasting punchline this time?
2. PRESENTER POWER
Scarlett Johansson, Sigourney Weaver, Anna Kendrick (who got her start on Broadway), Zachary Quinto, Broadway legend Audra McDonald, Smash star Megan Hilty, and Glee‘s Matthew Morrison will all take the stage to present at the Tonys.
3. NORA EPHRON’S MOMENT
While author and playwright Nora Ephron passed away last year, her legacy lives on. Her play, Lucky Guy, is nominated for Best Play of the Year.
4. THE ULTIMATE PARTY GIRL ON STAGE, CYNDI LAUPER
Cyndi Lauper penned the lyrics and music to Kinky Boots, which is the top-nominated musical of the year with 13 nods. (Matilda, The Musical followed with 12, Pippin earned 10, and Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella scored 9.) Lauper is nominated for Best Original Score. The musical is also up for the top award of the night, Best Musical of the Year.
5. BOYS NIGHT
Tom Hanks (in Lucky Guy) is up against Broadway mainstays Nathan Lane (in The Nance), David Hyde Pierce (Vania and Sonia and Masha and Spike) as well as Tom Sturridge (Orphans) and Tracy Letts (Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?) for the Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play Award. It’s tough competition! Click here to see the full list of nominees.
HOW TO WATCH WITH US
The Tonys will air Sunday, June 9 at 8/7c on CBS. For New Yorkers and die-hard Broadway fans, there will be a simulcast airing in Times Square, featuring a performance by the cast of Rock of Ages. You can also watch a live webcast of the red carpet and the winners press room on tonyawards.com. For live updates that night, follow @TheTonyAwards on Twitter. And we’ll be there! Follow @InStyle on Twitter and @InStyleMagazine on Instagram to get an inside look.
Before Hugh Jackman accepted his Special Tony Award at Sunday night’s ceremony, we caught up with the megastar on the red carpet to talk about something else very important: Anne Hathaway’s newly-shorn hair. “I thought it looked really cool,” Jackman told InStyle.com of his Les Miserables co-star—he plays Jean Valjean, while Hathaway is Fantine. “She did it live. She’s hardcore that girl. She’s hardcore!” And he’s right—you can see her real tears in a trailer for the upcoming musical, which hits theaters in December. So does he like it? “I think it looks kinda sexy, don’t you?” Jackman said. What a compliment!
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At first glance, the see-through dress Jessica Chastain wore to this Sunday’s Tony Awards looked like she needed to be extra careful in case of accidental overexposure. Turns out, it was just the opposite. “It is so fitted to me, there is no room for any kind of malfunction,” the actress told InStyle.com of her Marios Schwab design, spinning to show off every embroidered Swarovski crystal, the attached light peridot-hued necklace, and built-in corset. “And that gives me a lot of confidence. I could do aerobics in this thing, and I’m fine. That to me is a happy place that I think you need to be when you go on a red carpet.” For accessories, she chose Harry Winston yellow diamond earrings and silver Giuseppe Zanotti 5.5-inch platform peep-toe pumps. “I’m not the tallest person, so let’s hike me up—I love tall shoes,” she said. “I could really do aerobics right now.” Next time, we’ll challenge her to some jumping jacks!
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The Broadway community celebrated its biggest night of the year at last night’s Tony Awards! “Welcome to the 66th Annual Tony Awards, or as we like to call it, 50 Shades of Gay,” host Neil Patrick Harris joked during his opening monologue to the crowd of singers, dancers, actors, producers, directors, playwrights (and all of their plus-ones) huddled into New York City’s Beacon Theatre for the live telecast. First-time attendee and upcoming Broadway star of The Heiress Jessica Chastain, in a sheer Marios Schwab design, couldn’t wait to get on stage to present. “I love the Tonys,” she told InStyle.com. “This is a deal! I’ve watched it at home and I’m so excited to be here.” Other guests included Amanda Seyfried (in Givenchy), James Marsden, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Emma Stone (in Narciso Rodriguez), and Andrew Garfield (in Louis Vuitton). See more moments in the gallery.
N.Y.C.’s Radio City Music Hall was aglow with star power (and style) at last night’s 2010 Tony Awards, hosted by Sean Hayes. Lea Michele (who performed a duet with Glee co-star Matthew Morrison) looked stunning in a citrus Zac Posen gown: “I said I was going to go bright, and I meant it!” she told us. Naomi Watts accompanied husband and nominee Liev Schreiber in a strong-shouldered nude RM by Roland Mouret gown. Scarlett Johansson, who sparkled in forest green Elie Saab Couture, nabbed the night’s award for Best Actress in a Play (a first for the A View From A Bridge star). Click on the gallery to see all of the stars at the 2010 Tony Awards.
—Rachel Jacoby, with reporting by Bronwyn Barnes