Tony Award Winning Productions for 2010
What an exciting evening at the 2010 Tony Award celebration that took place on June 13 at none other than Radio City Music Hall. In a time when a strained economy has put somewhat of a damper on Broadway productions, this year’s awards ceremony proved that the Great White way is here to stay. With its elaborate productions and star studded casts, the New York Theatre community is thriving and it was evident during the recent awards show, hosted by television star and this year’s Tony award nominee for Promises, Promises, Sean Hayes.If you’re thinking of taking a trip to Broadway this summer these shows should be a must on your viewing list. Come see why they took the highest honor a production can achieve in the theater industry.
The winners are…
Best Play…Red (nominated for seven awards)
Master American expressionist Mark Rothko (Alfred Molina) has just landed the biggest commission in the history of modern art. But when his young assistant (Eddie Redmayne) gains the confidence to challenge him, Rothko faces the agonizing possibility that his crowning achievement could also become his undoing. John Logan's play is a searing portrait of an artist's ambition and vulnerability as he tries to create a definitive work for an extraordinary setting.
Best Musical…Memphis (nominated for eight awards) Also won Best Book of a Musical and Best Original Score.
In the smoky halls and underground clubs of the segregated 1950s, a young white DJ named Huey Calhoun fell in love with everything he shouldn't: rock 'n' roll and an electrifying black singer. Memphis is an original story about the cultural revolution that erupted when his vision met her voice, and the music changed forever.
Best Revival of A Play – Fences (nominated for ten awards)
Denzel Washington stars in Fences, one of the ten plays in August Wilson's sweeping Pittsburgh Cycle, focusing on aspects of the twentieth-century African-American experience. Washington plays Troy Maxson, a Pittsburgh sanitation worker who once dreamed of a baseball career, but was too old when the major leagues finally admitted black players. As he faces off against the racial barriers at work and his own disappointments, Troy also grapples with his son over the teenager's hope for a football scholarship and with his wife, Rose (Viola Davis), who confronts Troy over a child he has fathered with another woman.**Please note that Fences closes on July 11, 2010.
Best Revival of a Musical – La Cage aux Folles (nominated for eleven)
This Jerry Herman/Harvey Fierstein musical is the story of a gay couple who must pretend to be straight. It's a funny and touching tale of one family's struggle to stay together... stay fabulous...and above all else, stay true to themselves. Starring Kelsey Grammer as Georges and Douglas Hodge as Albin.
The top acting nods went to Denzel Washington (Fences), Viola Davis (Fences), Catherine Zeta-Jones (A Little Night Music) and Douglas Hodge (La Cage aux Folles).