Monday, June 11, 2012

Tony Statistics and Recapping

It just occurred to me that I neglected to post a final tally last night.  Here is the tally of how many Tony's each show took home.

Once -- 8
Peter and the Starcatcher -- 5
Newsies -- 2
Nice Work if You Can Get It -- 2
Death of a Salesman -- 2
Porgy & Bess -- 2
Clybourne Park -- 1
Follies -- 1
One Man, Two Guvnors -- 1
Other Desert Cities -- 1
Venus in Fur -- 1

Last night's list included a number of interesting statistics.

Death of a Salesman took home its fourth Tony, having won the Tony for best play in 1949 and for best revival of a play in 1984, 1999, and 2012.

Audra McDonald took home her fifth Tony, making her among the few actresses with that many Tony's for acting -- tying the record held by Angela Lansbury and Julie Harris.  Audra won the Tony for best featured actress in a play for Master Class (1996) and A Raisin in the Sun (2004), and for best featured actress in a musical for Carousel (1994) and Ragtime (1998).  Her win last night was her first leading actress win after two previous nominations in this category -- Marie Christine (2000) and 110 in the Shade (2007).

Last night also brought Mike Nichols his 8th directing Tony.  He won the Tony for best director of a play for Barefoot in the Park (1964), The Odd Couple  (1965), Plaza Suite  (1968), Prisoner of Second Avenue (1972), The Real Thing (1984), Death of a Salesman (2012) and the Tony for best director of a musical for Annie (1977) and Spamalot (2005).  He also won a Tony for Best Play for The Real Thing (1984).

Of the eight acting Tony's given out last night, two awards went to actors receiving their first nomination this year -- Steve Kazee for Once and James Corden for One Man, Two Guvnors.  An additional four actors won their first Tony last night on their second ever nomination.  They are Nina Arianda for Venus in Fur, Judith Light for Other Desert Cities, Christian Borle for Peter and the Starcatcher, and Michael McGrath for Nice Work if You Can Get It.

Also, composer Alan Menken is now one step away from attaining EGOT -- winning a competitive award at the Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony ceremonies.  Having won several Grammy Awards and Oscars over the years, he finally won the Tony on his fourth nomination, his first having come in 1994 for Beauty and the Beast.  If he does win an Emmy, he will become only the 12th person to attain EGOT (assuming no one else attains it first).

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