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