Rock royalty takes the stage
Billie Joe Armstrong and Green Day join the cast of American Idiot for the punk-rock musical’s title number—and the balcony-dwellers in Radio City Music Hall scream their delight
Say it with a kiss
Sean Hayes makes out with Promises, Promises costar Kristin Chenoweth as he starts his monologue, then quips: ”I know what you’re thinking. She’s too short for me.”
A teary Viola Davis wins Best Actress in a Play for Fences, thanking her husband by saying, ”I still think God sent a blessing to the wrong house, but I’m going to take it.” Adding to the night, costar Denzel Washington wins his first Tony for Best Actor alongside Davis in the August Wilson revival. Accepting it, he said: ”My mother always says, ‘Man gives the award. God gives the reward.’ I guess I got both tonight.”
So happy to be here
Scarlett Johansson wins Best Supporting Actress in a Play, for A View From the Bridge. ”Ever since I was a little girl I wanted to be on Broadway and here I am,” she says.
Catherine Zeta-Jones seems genuinely surprised by her win for Best Actress in a Musical for A Little Night Music. ”How does Cinderella do it in this dress? Running down stairs in glass slippers? But tonight I really do feel like Cinderella.”
Fela! rocks the house
The cast of Fela!, a musical about the Nigerian Afro-beat originator Fela Kuti, brings much booty-shaking to Broadway in a spirited production number.
Taking center stage
Glee‘s Lea Michele belts out ”Don’t Rain on My Parade” in an apparent audition for the upcoming Broadway revival of Funny Girl.
Host Sean Hayes’ appears as Billy Elliott, Little Orphan Annie, and even Spider-Man (managing to send up both that long-delayed musical and Lea Michele).
Worth a thousand words
Beloved actress Marian Seldes receives a standing ovation as she accepts an honorary Tony, clutches her hand to her throat, looks up to the TV monitor, poses, then walks off stage without uttering a word. A master class in understatement.
No hard feelings
Nathan Lane and Bebe Neuwirth gamely present the awards for best actor and actress in a musical—categories for which they were snubbed this year despite starring in The Addams Family. ”Being in the theater is not about winning awards,” she says, prompting him to add: ”Tell me about it.”