Recap of the 2012 Tony Awards

There was no clean sweep at this year’s ceremony, and very little drama to divide theaterfolk about the winners. Once won Best Musical; Clybourne Park won Best Play.

From his snazzy opening number, “What If Life Were More Like Theater” (with Patti LuPone pushing a lawnmower in an evening gown like a lesbian version of Audrey’s “Somewhere That’s Green” fantasy), to his written-in-the-wings closer, “There’s No Time,” host Neil Patrick Harris crooned, hoofed, cracked jokes, and even hung upside-down in what seemed like forever in a riff on Spider-man‘s dangling acrobats.

I was thilled to see Newsies choreographer Chris Gattelli win his first Tony Award; and also the luminous Judith Light’s win for her amazing performance in Other Desert Cities. Both were guests on my radio show, The Candi and Randy Show last week. Click here to listen to their journeys from rehearsals to Tony Award winners.

Full list of winners:

Play: Clybourne Park, Bruce Norris

Musical: Once

Revival of a play: Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman

Revival of a musical: The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess

Book of a musical: Once, Enda Walsh

Original score (music and/or lyrics): Newsies, music: Alan Menken; lyrics: Jack Feldman

Performance by an actor in a leading role in a play: James Corden, One Man, Two Guvnors

Performance by an actress in a leading role in a play: Nina Arianda, Venus in Fur

Performance by an actor in a leading role in a musical: Steve Kazee, Once

Performance by an actress in a leading role in a musical: Audra McDonald, The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess

Performance by an actor in a featured role in a play: Christian Borle, Peter and the Starcatcher

Performance by an actress in a featured role in a play: Judith Light, Other Desert Cities

Performance by an actor in a featured role in a musical: Michael McGrath, Nice Work If You Can Get It

Performance by an actress in a featured role in a musical: Judy Kaye, “Nice Work If You Can Get It

Scenic design of a play: Donyale Werle, Peter and the Starcatcher

Scenic design of a musical: Bob Crowley, Once

Costume design of a play: Paloma Young, Peter and the Starcatcher

Costume design of a musical: Gregg Barnes, Follies

Lighting design of a play: Jeff Croiter, Peter and the Starcatcher

Lighting design of a musical: Natasha Katz, Once