Movie Stars Win Big at Tony Awards
Hollywood names now tops on stage
Hollywood came to New York this week as movie stars walked off with some of theater's biggest acting prizes at the 64th annual Tony Awards. Radio City Music Hall was once again the venue for the awards show, which recognizes the best in stage productions on Broadway.
The evening began with movie star Scarlett Johansson receiving the award for Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Play. She won for her role in the revival of Arthur Miller's View From the Bridge.
"I don't know what to say," said a visibly shaken Johansson. "Ever since I was a little girl, I wanted to be on Broadway. Here I am. Unbelievable."
A-list movie actors Denzel Washington and Catherine Zeta-Jones also took home Tonys. Washington won Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play for his work in Fences. Co-star Viola Davis, also a Hollywood veteran, took home Best Leading Actress in a Play. Zeta-Jones was named Leading Actress in a Musical for her role in A Little Night Music.
Red won Best Play, one of the biggest awards of the night. Red is about the abstract artist Mark Rothko and his assistant.
"I wrote my first play almost 30 years ago, so this to me is the moment of my lifetime," said author John Logan as he accepted Broadway's version of the Academy Awards.
Red was a big winner at Sunday's Tony Awards receiving Best Play, Best Featured Actor in a Play (Eddie Redmayne), Best Director (Michael Grandage), Best Scenic Design (Christopher Oram), Best Sound Design (Adam Cork), and Best Lighting Design (Neil Austin).
Another of the biggest awards—Best Musical—went to Memphis, the story of disk jockey Dewey Phillips, who was one of the first white DJs to play black music on the radio in the 1950s. Written by David Bryan and Joe DiPietro, Memphis also won Best Book of a Musical, Best Orchestration, and Best Score.
La Cage aux Folles won the Best Musical Revival, while its star Douglas Hodge won for Best Lead Actor in a Musical.
One of the most revered Broadway actors of all time, Angela Lansbury, was named the first-ever Honorary Chairman of the American Theatre Wing, the organization that nominates and chooses the winners. She spoke about her childhood training and the hard work it takes to become a top-rated actor.
"We talk about a person becoming a star overnight," said the five-time Tony Award winner. "It really doesn't happen that way. Young people hoping for a career in the theater should think about learning everything they can about their craft."
Eleven-year-old actor Ben Cook from the musical Ragtime is taking her advice to heart.
"My experience performing in Ragtime was wonderful," he told the Scholastic Kids Press Corps at the awards. "I had such a great time performing and getting to know everyone in the cast."
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