Musical Spring Awakening and Tom Stoppard‘s play The Coast of Utopia were the big winners at the Tony Awards in New York last night, dominating 15 categories between them.
Spring Awakening took home eight awards including Best Musical, Best Director (Musical) for Michael Mayer and Best Featured Actor in a Musical for John Gallagher.
The play also scooped Best Choreography and Best Score for composers Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater.
The Coast of Utopia won a total of seven awards, including Best Director (Play) for Jack O’Brien, Best Featured Actor in a Play for Billy Crudup and Best Play–Stoppard‘s fourth such Tony award. The play also swept the board for a host of technical awards such as costumes and lighting.
Accepting his award, the 69-year-old said, “I feel a bit nostalgic actually because this year it’s 40 years since I first came here with a play.
“I would be more than happy to have equaled the playwright of Death of a Salesman and a contemporary of mine, Alan Bennett.”
Frank Langella was also honored with the Actor-Play Award for his portrayal of disgraced President Richard Nixon in Frost/Nixon, while Julie White received the Actress-Play Award for her role in The Little Dog Laughed.
The previous record for the most number of awards for a single production was held by 1949’s Death of a Salesman and was equaled in 2001 by Bennett‘s play, The History Boys–both received six prizes.
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