68th Tony Awards

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68th Tony Awards
Date June 8, 2014
Location Radio City Music Hall, New York, New York
Host Hugh Jackman
Television/Radio coverage
Network CBS
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The 68th Annual Tony Awards were held June 8, 2014, to recognize achievement in Broadway productions during the 2013–14 season. The ceremony was held at Radio City Music Hall in New York City, and was televised live on CBS.[1] Hugh Jackman was the host, his fourth time hosting.[2][3][4][5] The 15 musical Tony Awards went to seven different musicals, and six plays shared the 11 play Tony Awards.[6]

The nominations were announced on April 29, 2014 by Jonathan Groff and Lucy Liu.[7] Audra McDonald won the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play. In just her ninth Broadway engagement, McDonald established two records as the first actor to win six Tony Awards for acting and the first to win in all four categories, lead and featured in both a play and a musical.[8] In its seventh Broadway incarnation, The Glass Menagerie won its first Tony Award (Lighting Design).[6]

Eligibility[edit]

Shows that opened on Broadway during the 2013–14 season before April 24, 2014, were eligible for consideration.[1]

Ceremony[edit]

During the opening sequence of the ceremony, Jackman hopped along to the song "Take Me to Broadway," in an homage to Bobby Van's hopping in the 1953 film Small Town Girl.

The ceremony included performances from the nominated musicals (both new and revival) as well as other current musicals. The performances include: Neil Patrick Harris (who hosted the last 3 ceremonies) and the cast of Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Sutton Foster with the cast of Violet, Alan Cumming and the cast of Cabaret and Idina Menzel from If/Then. Other current musicals which performed are the casts from Aladdin, Les Misérables, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical (including Carole King herself), A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, Bullets Over Broadway and Rocky. Additionally, Wicked performed to celebrate its 10th anniversary; Patti LaBelle, Gladys Knight and Fantasia performed with the cast of After Midnight; and Sting performed a song from his new musical The Last Ship.[9] Jennifer Hudson sang from a new musical, Finding Neverland.[10]

The finale included Jackman in a dance number with all the Tony Award winners on stage.[11]

The presenters included:

[12][13]

New award[edit]

During this ceremony, a new award was announced by Zachary Quinto and Matt Bomer, the "Tony Honor for Excellence in Theatre Education", which is to be presented by Carnegie Mellon University and will "honor kindergarten through high school (K-12) theatre educators."[14]

Television ratings[edit]

According to the preliminary numbers, the televised awards ceremony had 7.02 million viewers. The 2013 telecast had 7.24 million viewers.[15]

Winners and nominees[edit]

The nominees were announced on April 29, 2014.[7] The winners are shown below.[3]

Best Play Best Musical
Best Revival of a Play Best Revival of a Musical
Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play
Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical
Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Play Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Play
Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical
Best Book of a Musical Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre
Best Scenic Design of a Play Best Scenic Design of a Musical
Best Costume Design of a Play Best Costume Design of a Musical
Best Lighting Design of a Play Best Lighting Design of a Musical
Best Sound Design of a Play Best Sound Design of a Musical
Best Direction of a Play Best Direction of a Musical
Best Choreography Best Orchestrations

Multiple wins[edit]

Multiple nominations[edit]

Non-competitive awards[edit]

The Isabelle Stevenson Award was given to Rosie O’Donnell "for her commitment to arts education for New York City’s public school children."[16] The Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement was awarded to Jane Greenwood "for her outstanding work in costume design and for her dedication to the theatre".[17]

The award for Tony Honors for Excellence in the Theatre was awarded to Actors Fund president Joe Benincasa, photographer Joan Marcus and general manager Charlotte Wilcox.[18]

The Regional Theatre Award was awarded to the Signature Theatre Company, New York City. This is the first time a New York-based theatre company has received this award, whose eligibility had been expanded to include New York City for the 2013–14 season.[19]

In Memoriam[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Gans, Andrew. "68th Annual Tony Awards Will Be Broadcast Live from Radio City Music Hall" Playbill, October 9, 2013
  2. ^ Gans, Andrew. "Hugh Jackman Will Host 68th Annual Tony Awards" Playbill, February 11, 2014
  3. ^ a b Purcell, Carey. " 'Gent's Guide', 'All The Way', 'Hedwig And the Angry Inch', 'Raisin in the Sun' Win Top Prizes at 68th Annual Tony Awards" playbill.com, June 8, 2014
  4. ^ "His good luck charm! Bryan Cranston reunites with Breaking Bad co-star Anna Gunn at The Tonys... and goes on to win Best Leading Actor gong". Daily Mail. June 8, 2014. Retrieved June 9, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Tony awards 2014: Cranston scoops best actor in Broadway debut". Guardian. June 8, 2014. Retrieved June 9, 2014. 
  6. ^ a b Healy, Patrick (June 9, 2014). "2014 Tony Awards: ‘Gentleman’s Guide’ and ‘All the Way’ Are Named Top Shows". The New York Times. Retrieved June 9, 2014. 
  7. ^ a b Gans, Andrew. "68th Annual Tony Awards Nominations Announced; 'Gentleman's Guide' Leads the Pack" Playbill, April 29, 2014
  8. ^ McDermon, Daniel (June 9, 2014). "How Audra McDonald Won Six Tony Awards". The New York Times. Retrieved June 9, 2014. 
  9. ^ Gans, Andrew. "Neil Patrick Harris, Idina Menzel, Sutton Foster, Sting, Fantasia, Wicked, Rocky and More Will Perform on Tony Awards" playbill.com, May 29, 2014
  10. ^ Gans, Andrew. "Oscar Winner Jennifer Hudson Will Perform Song from 'Finding Neverland' on Tony Awards" playbill.com, June 4, 2014
  11. ^ Bowgen, Philippe. "A Commentary on The 68th Annual Tony Awards: Broadway's Brightest, Best and Bunny-hoppers Alike" playbill.com, June 8, 2014
  12. ^ Gans, Andrew."Over 25 Stars Set to Make Appearances on 68th Annual Tony Awards" playbill.com, May 27, 2014
  13. ^ Gans, Andrew. "Tony Awards Gets Starrier; Ten Additional Artists Announced for Broadway's Biggest Night" playbill.com, June 5, 2014
  14. ^ Gans, Andrew. "Zachary Quinto and Matt Bomer Will Introduce New Educator Honor at 2014 Tony Awards" playbill.com, June 3, 2014
  15. ^ Gans, Andrew. "Tony Awards Viewership Down Slightly, According to Preliminary Numbers" playbill.com, June 9, 2014
  16. ^ Gans, Andrew. "Rosie O'Donnell Is Recipient of the 2014 Isabelle Stevenson Award" Playbill, April 1, 2014
  17. ^ Gans, Andrew."Jane Greenwood Will Receive Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement" Playbill, April 8, 2014
  18. ^ Gans, Andrew. "Tony Honors for Excellence Will Be Presented to Joe Benincasa, Joan Marcus and Charlotte Wilcox" Playbill, April 9, 2014
  19. ^ Gans, Andrew. "New York's Signature Theatre Will Receive 2014 Regional Theatre Tony Award" Playbill, April 28, 2014

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