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Last night’s Tony Awards put an end to Kelli O’Hara’s long run as the Susan Lucci of the show. She won for “The King and I,” beating Kristen Chenoweth (who was co hosting the show with Alan Cumming) and Chita Rivera, who’s been waiting for another Tony since “Kiss of the Spider Woman” in 1923. Kelli’s speech was the best on a night when all the speeches were pretty fun.

Alex Sharp, who’s 25, won Best Actor in a Play — his first time on Broadway, his first job out of Juilliard School. When he came off stage he looked dazed and asked to be taken back to his seat where his parents were waiting. Later, at the Plaza Hotel Food Court, where part of the official party takes place, he huddled with Best Actress in a Play winner Helen Mirren and her famous director husband Taylor Hackford for advice.

Dame Helen, you know, beats even Meryl Streep for unpretentious. She came off the red carpet before the show started and sort of wafted into the little ante room on a sidestreet that was set up before you set foot into Radio City Music Hall. She did a little jig for the security ladies, who got a kick out of seeing Helen Mirren in a a gauzy dress pretending she could fly like an angel. She asked me, “Where is my husband?” Another security guard asked if she’d like to be accompanied to her seat. “Oh heavens no,” she said, “I have my ticket right here.” She marched off into the theater, no muss, no fuss.

Here’s a little aside about Dame Helen: it turns out famed actor Richard McCabe, who won Best Supporting Actor in “The Audience” playing Harold Wilson to Helen’s QE2, is her tenant in London. He rents out the Hackfords’ basement apartment. Also: after Dame Helen won her Tony, which was early on in the show, she went around the corner to a local bar and raised a glass with “The Audience” cast and crew who weren’t in Radio City. Nice!

Around the Plaza: Nominee Sting and wife Trudie Styler, Patricia Clarkson hanging with “Elephant Man” co-star Alessandro Nivola and of all people, Monica Lewinsky. More to come…

FULL LIST OF TONY AWARD WINNERS

Best Musical:

An American in Paris

Fun Home (WINNER)

Something Rotten!

The Visit

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical

Michael Cerveris, Fun Home (WINNER)

Robert Fairchild, An American in Paris

Brian d’Arcy James, Something Rotten!

Ken Watanabe, The King and I

Tony Yazbeck, On the Town

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical

Kristin Chenoweth, On the Twentieth Century

Leanne Cope, An American in Paris

Beth Malone, Fun Home

Kelli O’Hara, The King and I (WINNER)

Chita Rivera, The Visit

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play

Steven Boyer, Hand to God

Bradley Cooper, The Elephant Man

Ben Miles, Wolf Hall Parts One & Two

Bill Nighy, Skylight

Alex Sharp, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (WINNER)

Best Revival of a Musical

The King and I (WINNER)

On the Town

On the Twentieth Century

Best Revival of a Play

The Elephant Man

Skylight (WINNER)

This Is Our Youth

You Can’t Take It with You

Best Play

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (WINNER)

Disgraced

Hand to God

Wolf Hall Parts One & Two

Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical

Victoria Clark, Gigi

Judy Kuhn, Fun Home

Sydney Lucas, Fun Home

Ruthie Ann Miles, The King and I (WINNER)

Emily Skeggs, Fun Home

Best Direction of a Play

Stephen Daldry, Skylight

Marianne Elliott, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (WINNER)

Scott Ellis, You Can’t Take It with You

Jeremy Herrin, Wolf Hall Parts One & Two

Moritz von Stuelpnagel, Hand to God

Best Direction of a Musical

Sam Gold, Fun Home (WINNER)

Casey Nicholaw, Something Rotten!

John Rando, On the Town

Bartlett Sher, The King and I

Christopher Wheeldon, An American in Paris

Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play

Annaleigh Ashford, You Can’t Take It with You (WINNER)

Patricia Clarkson, The Elephant Man

Lydia Leonard, Wolf Hall Parts One & Two

Sarah Stiles, Hand to God

Julie White, Airline Highway

Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical

Christian Borle, Something Rotten! (WINNER)

Andy Karl, On the Twentieth Century

Brad Oscar, Something Rotten!

Brandon Uranowitz, An American in Paris

Max von Essen, An American in Paris

Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play

Matthew Beard, Skylight

K. Todd Freeman, Airline Highway

Richard McCabe, The Audience (WINNER)

Alessandro Nivola, The Elephant Man

Nathaniel Parker, Wolf Hall Parts One & Two

Micah Stock, It’s Only a Play

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play

Geneva Carr, Hand to God

Helen Mirren, The Audience (WINNER)

Elisabeth Moss, The Heidi Chronicles

Carey Mulligan, Skylight

Ruth Wilson, Constellations

Best Book of a Musical

An American in Paris

Craig Lucas

Fun Home (WINNER)

Lisa Kron

Something Rotten!

Karey Kirkpatrick and John O’Farrell

The Visit

Terrence McNally

Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre

Fun Home (WINNER)

The Last Ship

Something Rotten!

The Visit

Best Scenic Design of a Play

Bunny Christie and Finn Ross, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (WINNER)

Bob Crowley, Skylight

Christopher Oram, Wolf Hall Parts One & Two

David Rockwell, You Can’t Take It with You

Best Scenic Design of a Musical

Bob Crowley and 59 Productions, An American in Paris (WINNER)

David Rockwell, On the Twentieth Century

Michael Yeargan, The King and I

David Zinn, Fun Home

Best Costume Design of a Play

Bob Crowley, The Audience

Jane Greenwood, You Can’t Take It with You

Christopher Oram, Wolf Hall Parts One & Two (WINNER)

David Zinn, Airline Highway

Best Costume Design of a Musical

Gregg Barnes, Something Rotten!

Bob Crowley, An American in Paris

William Ivey Long, On the Twentieth Century

Catherine Zuber, The King and I (WINNER)

Best Lighting Design of a Play

Paule Constable, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (WINNER)

Paule Constable and David Plater, Wolf Hall Parts One & Two

Natasha Katz, Skylight

Japhy Weideman, Airline Highway

Best Lighting Design of a Musical

Donald Holder, The King and I

Natasha Katz, An American in Paris (WINNER)

Ben Stanton, Fun Home

Japhy Weideman, The Visit

Best Choreography

Joshua Bergasse, On the Town

Christopher Gattelli, The King and I

Scott Graham & Steven Hoggett for Frantic Assembly, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Casey Nicholaw, Something Rotten!

Christopher Wheeldon, An American in Paris (WINNER)

Best Orchestrations

Christopher Austin, Don Sebesky, Bill Elliott, An American in Paris (WINNER)

John Clancy, Fun Home

Larry Hochman, Something Rotten!

Rob Mathes, The Last Ship

Recipients of Awards and Honors in Non-competitive Categories:

Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre:

Tommy Tune

Special Tony Award:

John Cameron Mitchell

Regional Theatre Tony Award:

Cleveland Play House, Cleveland, Ohio

Isabelle Stevenson Tony Award:

Stephen Schwartz

Tony Honors for Excellence in the Theatre:

Arnold Abramson

Adrian Bryan-Brown

Gene O’Donovan

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