On a feel-good night for Broadway, it was only natural that the Tony Award go to its most feel-good musical, the joyous "Kinky Boots." But most everything about Sunday's Tony telecast was warmhearted, from inspiring speeches about the theatrical community to the inspired antics of Neil Patrick Harris, who should officially be awarded the host job on a permanent basis.
The bittersweet musical "Once" has jumped out to a lead at the 2012 Tony Awards, taking four honors so far, including best direction of a musical. But "Peter and the Starcatcher" was close behind with three awards.
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.
Judith Light, who plays an acerbic alcoholic in "Other Desert Cities," won won the first acting Tony Award of 2012 on a night that promises to be a nail-biter in many categories and a feast for the eyes and ears with a record 16 musical numbers.
The low-tech musical "Once," based on the love story of a Czech flower seller and an Irish street musician in Dublin, received a leading 11 Tony Award nominations Tuesday, proving sentiment can sway nominators just as much as special effects.
Jon Robin Baitz's play "Other Desert Cities" is making the jump to Broadway and has lured a few new actresses to leap aboard _ Rachel Griffiths and Judith Light.