5 young actors anointed on Tony night

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But perhaps the night’s most impressive graduation was Arianda‘s. She beat out her insanely talented elders _ Tracie Bennett, Stockard Channing, Linda Lavin and Cynthia Nixon _ to win the best actress in a play award.

The 27-year-old star of the kinky “Venus in Fur” had been a large reason David Ives’ play had transferred from off-Broadway in 2010 to a Broadway theater this season. In the meantime, she had wowed critics playing a far-from-ditzy blonde in “Born Yesterday.”

During her euphoric acceptance speech, the music swelled to try to coax her offstage. But she resisted. “I might not do this again, hold on,” she implored.

Chances are she will indeed. In fact, all five seem likely to be there again.

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