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NEW YORK (AP) - Arthur Miller’s 63-year-old masterpiece “Death of a Salesman” has won the Tony Award for best play revival.
Starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, the play centers on Willy Loman as a man destroyed by his own stubborn belief in the glory of American capitalism and its spell of success.
The revival, a critique of the free-enterprise system, took on fresh meaning in the aftermath of the 2008 economic crisis.
It beat out “Gore Vidal’s The Best Man,” “Master Class” and “Wit.”
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The bittersweet musical “Once” and the inventive play “Peter and the Starcatcher” are going head-to-head for the most Tony Awards. Both had four as the night hit its halfway point.
John Tiffany, the British director of “Once,” won Sunday, making his Broadway debut. The musical also won best orchestration, best sound design, and Enda Walsh took home the award for best book of a musical.
“Peter and the Starcatcher” won for best costume design, best scenic design and best sound design for a play. Christian Borle, who plays the clumsy, overheated pirate who will be Captain Hook in the Peter Pan prequel, was named best featured actor in a play.
Mike Nichols, one of those rare people who have won a Tony, Grammy, Oscar and Emmy, won his ninth Tony for directing “Death of a Salesman.” He had won six times previously, directing such shows as “Barefoot in the Park,” “The Odd Couple” and “Spamalot.”
On winning, Nichols said Arthur Miller’s 63-year-old play gets truer as time goes by and has a special meaning for actors. “There’s not a person in this theater that doesn’t know what it is to be a salesman _ to be out there in the blue riding on a smile and a shoeshine,” he said. “As we know, a salesman has got to dream. It goes with the territory.”
Judy Kaye won for best actress in a featured role in a musical in “Nice Work If You Can Get It,” playing a temperance worker who turns out likes to drink and hangs from a chandelier at one point. It’s Kaye’s second Tony _ she also won for “The Phantom of the Opera.”
“I guess chandeliers have been very, very good to me,” she said to a burst of laughter. She dedicated the award to her father, who died last week.
Judith Light, who plays an acerbic alcoholic in “Other Desert Cities,” won for for best featured actress in a play. Michael McGrath won for best actor in a featured musical role from “Nice Work If You Can Get It.”
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