Tony Awards Winners, Losers, Ratings

The 66th Tony Awards were held last night at the Beacon Theater in New York City. The event was hosted by Neil Patrick Harris and broadcast live on CBS.

We’ll get to the winners in just a moment. First though, let’s talk about the big loser of the evening. The Tony Awards itself. According to E! Online, this year’s telecast was almost a million viewers short of last year’s. The 2012 Tony Awards was watched by fewer viewers than any previous Tony Awards telecast. Nielsen overnight ratings pegged the audience at just over 6 million.

Why the disinterest? E! says it’s the competition. The premiere of the fifth season of True Blood on HBO, and the fifth season finale of Mad Men on AMC, both aired last night as well. Another factor is that the talk of Broadway, Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, was only nominated for two awards.

So just who did win? Here’s a look:

Best Play: “Clybourne Park.”

Best Musical: “Once.”

Best Revival of a Play: “Death of a Salesman.”

Best Revival of a Musical: “The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess.”

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play: James Corden, “One Man, Two Guvnors.”

Best Performance by an Actress in Leading Role in a Play: Nina Arianda, “Venus in Fur.”

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical: Steve Kazee, “Once.”

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical: Audra McDonald, “The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess.”

Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play: Christian Borle, “Peter and the Starcatcher.”

Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play: Judith Light, “Other Desert Cities.”

Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical: Michael McGrath, “Nice Work If You Can Get It.”

Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical: Judy Kaye, “Nice Work If You Can Get It.”

Best Book of a Musical: Enda Walsh, “Once”

Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre: “Newsies.”

Best Direction of Play: Mike Nichols, “Death of a Salesman.”

Best Direction of a Musical: John Tiffany, “Once.”

Best Choreography: Christopher Gattelli, “Newsies.”

Best Orchestration: Martin Lowe, “Once.”

Best Sound Design of a Play: Darron L. West, “Peter and the Starcatcher.”

Best Sound Design of a Musical: Clive Goodwin, “Once.”

Best Costume Design of a Play: Paloma Young, “Peter and the Starcatcher.”

Best Costume Design of a Musical: Gregg Barnes, “Follies.”

Best Scenic Design Play: Donyale Werle, “Peter and the Starcatcher”

Best Scenic Design of a Musical: Bob Crowley, “Once.”

Best Lighting Design of a Play: Jeff Croiter, “Peter and the Starcatcher.”

Best Lighting Design of a Musical: Natasha Katz, “Once”

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