The Antoinette Perry "Tony" Awards are bestowed annually on theatre professionals for distinguished achievement. The Tony is one of the most coveted awards in the entertainment industry and the annual telecast is considered one of the most prestigious programs on television.
The 2010 Tony Awards were a giant disappointment. If you could make it through the marathon broadcast you would have noticed a myriad of sound problems, obstructed camera shots and uncomfortable cues. The 64th Annual Tony Awards broadcasted live, Sunday, June 13th on CBS from Radio City Music Hall in New York City.
"Fences," "Red," "La Cage Aux Folles," and "Memphis" were the big winners of the night. Unlike previous awards, no one show dominated. The theme for the evening seemed to be all about the movie stars. Among stars winning Tony Awards were Denzel Washington, Catherine Zeta-Jones, and, in her Broadway debut, Scarlett Johansson.
Hosted by Tony nominee Sean Hayes (who did a great job), the evening featured performances by Green Day; Glee's Lea Michele and Matthew Morrison and performances by the Tony-nominated Best Musicals American Idiot, Fela!, Memphis and Million Dollar Quartet and the Tony-nominated Best Musical Revivals La Cage aux Folles featuring Kelsey Grammer, A Little Night Music featuring Catherine Zeta-Jones and Ragtime. Casts from the musicals Come Fly Away, Everyday Rapture, Promises, Promises and Ragtime also be performed throughout the evening.
Presenters for the 2010 Tony Awards included: Paula Abdul, Antonio Banderas, Justin Bartha, Patrick Breen, Laura Bell Bundy, Laura Benanti, Cate Blanchett, Michael Cerveris, Kristen Chenoweth, Barbara Cook, Viola Davis, Michael Douglas, Kelsey Grammer, Brian d'Arcy James, Rosemary Harris, Patrick Heusinger, Katie Holmes, Scarlett Johansson, Angela Lansbury, Anthony LaPaglia, Laura Linney, Lucy Liu, Jane Maxwell, Idina Menzel, Helen Mirren, Alfred Molina, Matthew Morrison, Chris Noth, Bernadette Peters, David Hyde Pierce, Daniel Radcliffe, Eddie Redmayne, Mark Sanchez, Tony Shalhoub, Liev Schreiber, Will & Jada Pinkett Smith, Stanley Tucci, Denzel Washington, Racquel Welch and many others.
The final tally of winners:
Red - 6
Memphis - 4
Fences - 3
Fela - 3
La Cage aux Folles - 3
American Idiot - 2
A View from the Bridge - 1
Promises, Promises - 1
Million Dollar Quartet - 1
The Royal Family - 1
A Little Night Music - 1
The complete list of nominees and winners:
BEST PERFORMANCE BY A FEATURED ACTRESS IN A PLAY: Scarlett Johansson, A View From the Bridge.
BEST PERFORMANCE BY A FEATURED ACTOR IN A PLAY: Eddie Redmayne, Red.
BEST DIRECTION OF A PLAY: Michael Grandage, Red.
BEST DIRECTION OF A MUSICAL: Terry Johnson, La Cage aux Folles.
BEST PERFORMANCE BY A FEATURED ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL: Katie Finneran, Promises, Promises.
BEST PERFORMANCE BY A FEATURED ACTOR IN A MUSICAL: Levi Kreis, Million Dollar Quartet.
BEST PERFORMANCE BY A LEADING ACTRESS IN A PLAY: Viola Davis, Fences.
BEST PERFORMANCE BY A LEADING ACTOR IN A PLAY: Denzel Washington, Fences.
BEST REVIVAL OF A MUSICAL: La Cage aux Folles.
BEST PERFORMANCE BY A LEADING ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL: Catherine Zeta-Jones, A Little Night Music.
BEST PERFORMANCE BY A LEADING ACTOR IN A MUSICAL: Douglas Hodge, La Cage aux Folles.
BEST MUSICAL: Memphis.
BEST CHOREOGRAPHY: Bill T. Jones, Fela!
BEST REVIVAL OF A PLAY: Fences.
BEST PLAY: Red.
BEST BOOK OF A MUSICAL: Memphis.
BEST ORIGINAL SCORE (MUSIC AND/OR LYRICS) WRITTEN FOR THE THEATER: Memphis
BEST ORCHESTRATIONS: Daryl Waters and David Bryan, Memphis.
BEST SCENIC DESIGN OF A PLAY: Christopher Oram, Red.
BEST SCENIC DESIGN OF A MUSICAL: Christine Jones, American Idiot.
BEST COSTUME DESIGN OF A PLAY: Catherine Zuber, The Royal Family.
BEST COSTUME DESIGN OF A MUSICAL: Marina Draghici, Fela!
BEST LIGHTING DESIGN OF A PLAY: Neil Austin, Red.
BEST LIGHTING DESIGN OF A MUSICAL: Kevin Adams, American Idiot.
BEST SOUND DESIGN OF A PLAY: Adam Cork, Red.
BEST SOUND DESIGN OF A MUSICAL: Robert Kaplowitz, Fela!
SPECIAL TONY AWARD FOR LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT IN THE THEATER: Alan Ayckbourn and Marian Seldes.
REGIONAL THEATER TONY AWARD: The Eugene O'Neill Theater Center, Waterford, Conn.
ISABELLE STEVENSON AWARD: David Hyde Pierce.
TONY HONORS FOR EXCELLENCE IN THE THEATER: B.H. Barry and Tim Viola.