Tony Awards 2014 – Gentleman’s Guide and Hedwig come out on top

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Neil Patrick Harris wins a Best Actor in a Lead Role Tony Award for his performance in Hedwig and the Angry Inch. Picture: Joan Marcus

A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder climaxed it lucky streak in this year’s theatrical award races this season by capturing  the coveted Tony Award for Best Musical of the 2013-14 Broadway season. It also picked up three other Tony trophies. Voters, however, spread their love widely among the musical nominees at the Tony Awards 2014, and Hedwig and the Angry Inch matched the number of laurels garnered by Gentleman’s Guide, with four wins, including Best Musical Revival and Best Actor in a Lead Role, Neil Patrick Harris.

In what was seen as one of the hottest competitions, Leading Actress in a Musical, the prize went to Jessie Mueller for her turn in Beautiful: The Carole King MusicalBeautiful also picked up a second award for Brian Ronan’s sound design.

The three other Tonys for Gentleman’s Guide went to Darko Tresnjak for direction, to Robert L. Freedman for the book, and to Linda Cho for costumes. The additional Tonys picked up by Hedwig were for Lena Hall as Featured Actress, and the lighting design of Kevin Adams.

The now-closed Bridges of Madison County won two Tonys for its score and orchestration both by Jason Robert Brown, while single award winners were Aladdin, for James Monroe Iglehart’s featured performance; After Midnight for Warren Carlyle‘s choreography, and Rocky for Christopher Barreca’s scenic design.

And, oh yes, one of Broadway’s most accomplished songbirds, Audra McDonald, made Tony history by becoming the first performer to win in all four Actress categories – lead and featured role in a musical and lead and featured role in a play. It furthermore marked her sixth Tony, when she won the nod as Lead Actress in a Play for her portrayal as Billie Holiday in Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill. Her Tony total now tops the previous record of five wins in competitive categories, held by both Julie Harris and Angela Lansbury. (Harris also won a sixth Tony during her lifetime, but it was a special non-competitive honour.)

Lady Day, by the way, also won a Tony for Steve Canyon Kennedy’s sound design of a play. And you certainly do need good sound for all those songs that McDonald sings in this show, which somehow or other the Tony nabobs consider to be a play and not a musical.

Ron Cohen 

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