In race between Tony Awards frontrunners "Kinky Boots" and "Matilda," "Kinky Boots" walked right over "Matilda."
"Boots" strutted away with six wins including new musical, the only Tony generally understood to move the needle at the box office. The tuner also picked up laurels for score (Cyndi Lauper), lead actor (Billy Porter), choreographer (Jerry Mitchell), orchestrations (Stephen Oremus) and sound design (John Shivers), while "Matilda" snagged a total of four trophies: book (Dennis Kelly), featured actor (Gabriel Ebert), set (Rob Howell) and lights (Hugh Vanstone).
Tom Hanks ("Lucky Guy"). Cicely Tyson picked up the lead actress in a play laurel for "The Trip to Bountiful."
Neither "Kinky Boots" nor "Matilda" won the laurel for director of a musical; that kudo went, as expected, to Diane Paulus for her cirque-heavy revival of "Pippin," which also took musical revival, lead actress (Patina Miller) and featured actress (Andrea Martin).
Other thesping trophies went to Courtney B. Vance, who appears alongside Tom Hanks in a featured role in play "Lucky Guy," and to Judith Light, who scored her second Tony after a win last year, taking the laurel this season for her featured perf in play "The Assembled Parties."
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Lincoln Center Theater's Broadway premiere of Douglas Carter Beane's "The Nance" snagged three design awards -- costumes (Ann Roth), sound (Leon Rothenberg) and set (John Lee Beatty) -- as if in recompense for the fact that Tony nominators left the title out of the big race for new play. "Lucky Guy" won the play lighting award for Jules Fisher and Peggy Eisenhauer.
For an awards show that has long grappled with the conundrum that the new titles being honored are precisely the ones the rest of the country hasn't heard of yet (and therefore won't tune in for), the opening number played like something of a mission statement. In a good-humored original song by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Tom Kitt, the song was an all-of-Broadway, all-the-time grab bag that trotted out representative performers from more familiar titles including "The Lion King," "Jersey Boys," "Chicago" and "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" alongside the night's nominees.
Snagging the first straight performance segment of the night, "Matilda" got pride of place as the season's critical fave.
Tonys were broadcast live by CBS, which has aired the show annually since 1978 and recently reupped its deal to do so through 2018. Telecast is traditionally a low-rated one and has seen viewership decline further in recent years, but it's nonetheless something of prestige offering that plays strongest to legit avids, a generally well-off, well-educated demo that still holds significant appeal to advertisers.