2008 Tony Awards


On Sunday June 15, 2008 Radio City Music Hall held many of Broadway’s finest actors, dancers, singers, producers, directors, choreographers and musicians for the annual Tony Award presentation. To have all of these fabulous people in one place is a tribute in itself to the stage. This prestigious award recognizes achievement in live American Theater and is presented by the American Theatre Wing and The Broadway League. Actress, Comedienne and Tony Award winner Whoopi Goldberg served as this years host and channeled several of Broadway’s most intriguing characters. She opened the show as Sebastian the Crab from The Little Mermaid, was digitally transformed into all of the dancers in A Chorus Line, sailed onto the stage in the Phantom’s boat and flew in as Mary Poppins. Goldberg made for an extremely interesting evening to say the least.

The big winner of the evening was South Pacific which won for Best Revival of a Musical. This was the first Broadway revival for the production since it premiered in 1949. Apparently it was worth the wait considering the show took home seven awards the most of the night.

In the Heights a new musical about a multigenerational neighborhood on the brink of change took home four awards including Best Musical and Best Score. This energetic and electrifying show should not be missed.

The revival of Gypsy took home three acting awards for the shows three leads. Tony award winner and stage legend Patti Lupone won for Best Actress in a Musical Laura Benanti for Best Featured Actress in a Musical and now four time Tony award winner Boyd Gaines took home Best Featured Actor in a Musical. Congratulations to a fine acting ensemble!

Some of the other productions that received awards in their respective categories were: Best Play – August: Osage County (the production took home a total of five)
Best Actor in a Musical – Paulo Szot for South Pacific
Best Actress in a Musical – Lupone for Gypsy
Best Actor in a Play – Mark Rylance for Boeing-Boeing
Best Actress in a Play – Deanna Dunagan for August: Osage County
Best Revival – Boeing-Boeing
Best Direction of a Play – Bartlett Sher for South Pacific
Best Book – Passing Strange by Stew
Best Score- In the Heights by Lin Manuel Miranda

While all of the nominated actors and shows were worthy there can only be one winner for each category. Hopefully this list can help you when determining which production you would like to see, especially if you can only choose one this season. Whatever you decide the most important thing is to have a fun and enjoyable time at the theater!

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