The big winners at the Tony Awards: Memphis won for best musical, Red won best play and five other Tonys and Catherine Zeta-Jones took home a Tony for best actress in a musical.
Read the complete list of winners AFTER THE JUMP ...
But last night was the first time in the history of the Tony Awards that black performers won best actor and best actress in a play for the same theater season. Two time Oscar-winner Denzel Washington and Viola Davis triumphed for Fences, the 1987 Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize winner by August Wilson.
"Washington took the prize for his performance as Troy, a one-time baseball star turned sanitation worker who struggles to reconcile his past and present. Critics drew favorable comparisons with James Earl Jones, who originated this role for which he won the second of his two Tonys. Oscar nominee Viola Davis ("Doubt") won the lead actress award for her work as the long-suffering wife Rose. That part won Mary Alice the featured actress Tony for the original production but producers petitioned to boost Davis to the lead race."
Viola Davis had some very powerful words to say about homophobia and anti-gay bigotry when she nominated for her tour de force role in Doubt. Glad to see that she took home a Tony.
Watch Davis and Washington discuss their awards—and read the complete list of winners—AFTER THE JUMP ...
BEST PLAY: "Red."
BEST MUSICAL: "Memphis."
BEST BOOK OF A MUSICAL: "Memphis."
BEST ORIGINAL SCORE (MUSIC AND/OR LYRICS) WRITTEN FOR THE THEATER: "Memphis."
BEST REVIVAL OF A PLAY: "Fences."
BEST REVIVAL OF A MUSICAL: "La Cage aux Folles."
BEST PERFORMANCE BY A LEADING ACTOR IN A PLAY: Denzel Washington, "Fences."
BEST PERFORMANCE BY A LEADING ACTRESS IN A PLAY: Viola Davis, "Fences."
BEST PERFORMANCE BY A LEADING ACTOR IN A MUSICAL: Douglas Hodge, "La Cage aux Folles."
BEST PERFORMANCE BY A LEADING ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL: Catherine Zeta-Jones, "A Little Night Music."
BEST PERFORMANCE BY A FEATURED ACTOR IN A PLAY: Eddie Redmayne, "Red."
BEST PERFORMANCE BY A FEATURED ACTRESS IN A PLAY: Scarlett Johansson, "A View From the Bridge."
BEST PERFORMANCE BY A FEATURED ACTOR IN A MUSICAL: Levi Kreis, "Million Dollar Quartet."
BEST PERFORMANCE BY A FEATURED ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL: Katie Finneran, "Promises, Promises."
BEST DIRECTION OF A PLAY: Michael Grandage, "Red."
BEST DIRECTION OF A MUSICAL: Terry Johnson, "La Cage aux Folles."
BEST CHOREOGRAPHY: Bill T. Jones, "Fela!"
BEST ORCHESTRATIONS: Daryl Waters and David Bryan, "Memphis."
BEST SCENIC DESIGN OF A PLAY: Christopher Oram, "Red."
BEST SCENIC DESIGN OF A MUSICAL: Christine Jones, "American Idiot."
BEST COSTUME DESIGN OF A PLAY: Catherine Zuber, "The Royal Family."
BEST COSTUME DESIGN OF A MUSICAL: Marina Draghici, "Fela!"
BEST LIGHTING DESIGN OF A PLAY: Neil Austin, "Red."
BEST LIGHTING DESIGN OF A MUSICAL: Kevin Adams, "American Idiot."
BEST SOUND DESIGN OF A PLAY: Adam Cork, "Red."
BEST SOUND DESIGN OF A MUSICAL: Robert Kaplowitz, "Fela!"
SPECIAL TONY AWARD FOR LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT IN THE THEATER: Alan Ayckbourn and Marian Seldes.
REGIONAL THEATER TONY AWARD: The Eugene O'Neill Theater Center, Waterford, Conn.
ISABELLE STEVENSON AWARD: David Hyde Pierce.
TONY HONORS FOR EXCELLENCE IN THE THEATER: B.H. Barry and Tim Viola.