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Neil Patrick Harris kicked off the proceedings at Radio City Music Hall with his fourth-time hosting stint for the show, showcasing a special musical performance on Sunday, June 9.
At the end of the number, Harris said, “Well, that’s our budget – good night!” and also performed his usual magic trick. Former boxing heavy weight champion Mike Tyson made a cameo appearance sporting his famous white suit.

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Screen capture: 2013 Tony Awards.What is Mike staring at?

The winners of the 67th Tony Awards have been announced. Cyndi Lauper received her first Tony trophy for best score for her Broadway debut “Kinky Boots”, which is a tale of a real-life struggling shoe factory. An emotional Lauper was overwhelmed by the moment saying:

“I can’t say I wasn’t practicing in front of the shower curtain for a couple days for this speech,”
“All right, I gotta thank my mom for sharing all that wonderful music. I wrecked all her Broadway musicals when I was a kid, the cast albums. That’s how I learned how to sing, and I want to thank her for sharing the music with me.”

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Cyndi Lauper

Tom Hanks, newcomer to Broadway, came up second to stage veteran Tracy Letts in Best Actor in a Play category. Letts’ portrayal of George in “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” apparently overshadowed Hanks’ strong performance as Mike McAlary of “Lucky Guy”.

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Tracy Letts and Tom Hanks

2013 Tony Awards Winner List:

Overall “Kinky Boots” walked away with most of the honors on the evening.

  1. Best Play: “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” – Christopher Durang
  2. Best Musical: “Kinky Boots”
  3. Best Book of a Musical: “Matilda The Musical” – Dennis Kelly
  4. Best Revival of a Play: “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?”
  5. Best Revival of a Musical: “Pippin”
  6. Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre: “Kinky Boots” – Cyndi Lauper
  7. Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play: Tracy Letts – “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?”
  8. Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play: Cicely Tyson – “The Trip to Bountiful”
  9. Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical: Billy Porter – “Kinky Boots”
  10. Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical: Patina Miller – “Pippin”
  11. Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play: Courtney B. Vance – “Lucky Guy”
  12. Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play: Judith Light – “The Assembled Parties”
  13. Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical: Gabriel Ebert – “Matilda The Musical”
  14. Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical: Andrea Martin – “Pippin”
  15. Best Scenic Design of a Musical: Rob Howell – “Matilda The Musical”
  16. Best Costume Design of a Play: Ann Roth – “The Nance”
  17. Best Costume Design of a Musical: William Ivey Long – “Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella”
  18. Best Lighting Design of a Play: Jules Fisher & Peggy Eisenhauer – “Lucky Guy”
  19. Best Lighting Design of a Musical: Hugh Vanstone – “Matilda The Musical”
  20. Best Sound Design of a Play: Leon Rothenberg – “The Nance”
  21. Best Sound Design of a Musical: John Shivers – “Kinky Boots”
  22. Best Direction of a Play: Pam MacKinnon – “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?”
  23. Best Direction of a Musical: Diane Paulus – “Pippin”
  24. Best Choreography: Jerry Mitchell – “Kinky Boots”
  25. Best Orchestrations: Stephen Oremus – “Kinky Boots”