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''Millie'' dances away with six Tonys

”Millie” dances away with six Tonys. Awards for ”Urinetown,” ”The Goat,” ”Private Lives,” and ”Fortune’s Fool” mark the end of a tumultuous Broadway season

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Capping a season that saw Broadway united in its drive to bring theatergoers back to Times Square in the wake of Sept. 11 to see a show, any show, this year’s Tony Awards fittingly spread the wealth. Trophies went to performers young and old, newcomers and veterans, Tony alumni who hadn’t won in decades, and others who’d never won before. Unlike last year, when ”The Producers” swept the awards, there was something for everybody — well, almost. (Shut out were such multiply-nominated shows as ”The Crucible,” ”Morning’s at Seven,” ”Topdog/Underdog,” and ”Mamma Mia!”)

At Sunday night’s ceremony, at Radio City Music Hall, the biggest competition was between the old-fashioned musical ”Thoroughly Modern Millie,” with 11 nominations,” and the cheeky ”Urinetown,” with 10. In the end, ”Millie” took home six Tonys, including Best Musical and Best Leading Actress for Sutton Foster, who, in true Broadway fashion, went from unknown ingenue understudy to star to Tony winner. The more critically acclaimed ”Urinetown” took home three, for Best Direction, Best Book of a Musical, and Best Score. Also winning three was the seventh Broadway staging of Noel Coward’s ”Private Lives,” whose awards included Best Revival and Best Leading Actress, for Lindsay Duncan.

”Fortune’s Fool” earned Tonys for both of its stars, Frank Langella and Alan Bates, both of whom had last won Tonys in the 1970s. Edward Albee won only his second Tony (40 years after winning for ”Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?”) for Best Play, for ”The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia?” Mary Zimmerman won for ”Metamorphoses,” becoming only the second woman to win a Tony for Best Director of a Play. And Broadway legend Elaine Stritch won her first Tony at age 77 for her one-woman show, ”Elaine Stritch at Liberty,” though CBS’ Tony telecast producers wouldn’t let her bask in the moment and had the orchestra cut short her acceptance speech. (Guess they were worried that she’d go on for 20 minutes, like she did when she won the Drama Desk award last month.)

Here are some of the top winners of the 56th Annual Tony Awards. (A full list is available at Tonys.org.)

Best Musical
”Thoroughly Modern Millie”

Best Play
Edward Albee, ”The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia?”

Best Revival of a Musical
”Into the Woods”

Best Revival of a Play
”Private Lives”

Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical
Sutton Foster, ”Thoroughly Modern Millie”

Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical
John Lithgow, ”Sweet Smell of Success”

Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play
Lindsay Duncan, ”Private Lives”

Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play
Alan Bates, ”Fortune’s Fool”

Best Book of a Musical
Greg Kotis, ”Urinetown”

Best Original Score
Mark Hollmann (music); Mark Hollmann and Greg Kotis (lyrics), ”Urinetown”

Best Special Theatrical Event
”Elaine Stritch at Liberty”