‘Once’ Sweeps the Tonys, ‘Starcatcher,’ ‘Salesman’ Follow

ALTIt’s too bad the 2012 Tonys had to open with a number from last year’s Best Musical winner, The Book of Mormon. Frankly, there wasn’t a show in the running that could knock out an audience the same way Trey Parker and Matt Stone’s foul-mouthed masterpiece did last season. But, as with every Tony show, quality doesn’t stand in the way of winners being declared — and 2012 saw a few in particular take home everything.

The big winner of the evening was Once, the hit musical based on the no-budget indie film from 2006. The stage adaptation walked away with eight statues, including Best Book for a Musical, Best Director for a Musical, Best Actor for Steve Kazee and and the coveted Best Musical of the Year.

Following behind Once was the Peter Pan prequel, Peter and the Starcatcher, winning five awards, along with Disney’s own movie-to-stage venture, Newsies, and the Gershwin-inspired Nice Work If You Can Get It both with two, and Death of a Salesman, which won legendary director Mike Nichols a Best Director award as well as Best Revival of a Play. The loose prequel/sequel to A Raisin in the Sun, Clybourne Park, took home Best Play of 2012, while The Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess nabbed the honor of Best Revival of a Musical (and Best Actress in a Musical for Audra McDonald). Relative unknowns James Corden and Nina Arianda took Best Actor and Actress in a Play for One Man, Two Guvnors and Venus in Fur, respectively.

Head to Hollywood.com’s Tonys page for a full rundown of award-winners!