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Steve Kazee wins best actor in a musical Tony
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NEW YORK (AP) - Steve Kazee (kuh-ZEE) has won the Tony Award for best lead actor in a musical for his heartfelt and touching performance in “Once.”
Kaee plays an Irish street musician and vacuum cleaner repairman in Dublin who falls in love with a Czech flower seller. It’s based on the 2007 film that featured the Oscar-winning song “Falling Slowly.”
A 36-year-old rising star and guitar player with matinee idol looks, Kazee has gone from replacement parts in “Spamalot” to an understudy role in “Seascape” to starring in “110 in the Shade.” He also starred on CMT’s series “Working Class.”
He beat out Danny Burstein and Ron Raines, both from “Follies,” Jeremy Jordan from “Newsies” and Norm Lewis from “The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess.”
THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP’s earlier story is below.
The bittersweet musical “Once” and the inventive play “Peter and the Starcatcher” emerged with the most Tony Awards on Sunday. The rest of the honors were spread out, with most shows getting to boast of at least one win.
John Tiffany, the British director of “Once,” won making his Broadway debut. The musical also won best orchestration, sound design, set design, lighting, and Enda Walsh took home the award for best book of a musical.
“Peter and the Starcatcher” won for best costume design, lighting, 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.
“Thank you for making this so much fun,” said Borle, who also stars in the NBC series “Smash.” He said he was even more pleased that his mother was in the crowd.
Bruce Norris’ “Clybourne Park,” the remarkably perceptive Pulitzer Prize-winning play about race and real estate, won the best play Tony.
The play riffs off Lorraine Hansberry’s 1959 drama “A Raisin in the Sun,” is set in the same house in one Chicago neighborhood. The first act takes place in 1959 and the second is set in 2009.
“I have to thank Lorraine Hansberry, who actually built the neighborhood of Clybourne Park. We just moved in and depressed the property values,” said Norris.
Arthur Miller’s 63-year-old masterpiece “Death of a Salesman” won the Tony for best play revival and Mike Nichols won his ninth Tony for directing it. On winning, he said the play has a special meaning for those who work in the theater.
“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.”
A reworked version of the Gershwin opera “Porgy and Bess” won for best musical revival. Diane Paulus, the artistic director of the American Repertory Theater, adapted it for Broadway with Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Suzan-Lori Parks and Obie Award-winning composer Diedre Murray.
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