Tuesday 17 October 2017

Hollywood takes to the stage at the star-studded Tony Awards

This image released by Starpix shows Tom Sturridge, left, and Sienna Miller at the 67th Annual Tony Awards in New York on Sunday, June 9, 2013. (AP Photo/Starpix, Amanda Schwab)
This image released by Starpix shows Tom Sturridge, left, and Sienna Miller at the 67th Annual Tony Awards in New York on Sunday, June 9, 2013. (AP Photo/Starpix, Amanda Schwab)

Kinky Boots was the standout star of the the prestigious awards ceremony last night in New York, sweeping the board with six wins.

Cyndi Lauper scored her first-ever Tony Award Sunday night.

The singer, who will turn 60 later this month, took home the Tony for best original score and penned the 15-song soundtrack of Broadway musical Kinky Boots.

Taking the stage was an emotional moment for the star. Her work on the hit marked her Broadway debut.

She took a moment before making her way to the stage and gave a speech that endeared a crowd of her peers in musical theatre.

"OK... I can't say I wasn't practicing in front of the shower curtain for a couple of days for this speech," she mused.

Scarlett Johansson
Scarlett Johansson
Judith Light
Sigourney Weaver
Sally Field and Sam Greisman
Anna Kendrick
Jane Krakowski
Bernadette Peters
Beth Behrs
Stephanie J. Block
Tommy Mottola and Thalia
Megan Hilt (L) and Brian Gallagher
Annaleigh Ashford
Scarlett Johansson
Cicely Tyson
Martha Plimpton
Jane Lynch
Actor Jon Cryer (R) and Lisa Joyner
Anna Kendrick (L) and Andrew Rannells
NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg (R) and Sigourney Weaver
Matthew Morrison and Barrett Foa
Patina Miller
Megan Hilty, Andrew Rannells, Barrett Foa and Laura Benanti
Tyson Chandler and Kimberly Chandler
Cyndi Lauper, winner of the Tony Award for Best Original Score for 'Kinky Boots,
Producers Howard Kagan (L) and Janet Kagan, winners of the award for Best Revivial of a Musical for 'Pippin,
Tom Sturridge, left, and Sienna Miller

"I gotta thank my mom for sharing all that wonderful music. I wrecked all her Broadway musicals when I was a kid, the cast albums. That's how I learned how to sing.

"And I want to thank [writer] Harvey Fierstein for calling me up. I'm so glad I was done with the dishes. I answered the phone. And I want to thank Broadway for welcoming me. This city... I've never been a stranger to hard work, but your hard work inspires me."

Cyndi also thanked the cast of the show, her family and the other composers in her category.

Her win marked one of several for the hit show. Kinky Boots was the toast of the evening with awards for best musical, best choreography (Jerry Mitchell), best performance by an actor in a leading role in a musical (Bill Porter) and best sound design (John Shivers).

Other big winners included Tracy Letts (best performance by an actor in a leading role in a play, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf), Cicely Tyson (best performance by an actress in a leading role in a play, The Trip to Bountiful), Patina Miller (best performance by an actress in a leading role in a musical, Pippin), Pippin (best revival of a musical), Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (best play) and Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (best revival of a play).

The 67th Tony Awards was hosted by Neil Patrick Harris at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.

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