Tony winners include plays by Edward Albee, Noël Coward

BY Advocate.com Editors

June 03 2002 11:00 PM ET

Once again it was great to be gay at the Tony Awards. The frothy musical Thoroughly Modern Millie, conceived by Dick Scanlan, won the evening with six trophies at Sunday's 56th annual Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Best Actress, and Best Supporting Actress. Out playwright Edward Albee beat out tough competition--including Ivan Turgenev--to take Best Play for his The Goat or Who is Sylvia? while Private Lives, by the late Noël Coward, took Best Revival, Play. Stephen Sondheim's Into the Woods bested the vaunted London production of Oklahoma! for Best Revival, Musical.

The evening's loser was the CBS network, which, in its efforts to keep the show on time, forced first-time Tony winner Elaine Stritch offstage for a commercial break during her emotional acceptance speech for Elaine Stritch at Liberty, which received the Special Theatrical Event prize. She told reporters backstage that she was "very, very upset. It's spoiled it for me. I know CBS can't let anyone give the Gettysburg Address just because they won a Tony award. But they should have given me my time."

Here is a complete list of winners of the 56th annual Tony Awards:

Best Play: The Goat or Who is Sylvia?

Best Musical: Thoroughly Modern Millie

Best Book of a Musical: Greg Kotis, Urinetown

Best Score of a Musical: Mark Hollmann, Greg Kotis, Urinetown

Best Revival, Play: Private Lives

Best Revival, Musical: Into the Woods

Best Actor, Play: Alan Bates, Fortune's Fool

Best Actress, Play: Lindsay Duncan, Private Lives

Best Actor, Musical: John Lithgow, Sweet Smell of Success

Best Actress, Musical: Sutton Foster, Thoroughly Modern Millie

Best Featured Actor, Play: Frank Langella, Fortune's Fool

Best Featured Actress, Play, Katie Finneran, Noises Off

Best Featured Actor, Musical: Shuler Hensley, Oklahoma!

Best Featured Actress, Musical: Harriet Harris, Thoroughly Modern Millie

Best Director, Play: Mary Zimmerman, Metamorphoses

Best Director, Musical: John Rando, Urinetown

Best Set Design: Tim Hatley, Private Lives

Best Costume Design: Martin Pakledinaz, Thoroughly Modern Millie

Best Lighting Design: Brian MacDevitt, Into the Woods

Best Choreography: Rob Ashford, Thoroughly Modern Millie

Best Orchestrations: Doug Besterman, Ralph Burns, Thoroughly Modern Millie

Lifetime Achievement in the Theater: Julie Harris, Robert Whitehead

Special Theatrical Event: Elaine Stritch at Liberty

Regional Theater: Williamstown [Mass.] Theatre Festival

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