"Red" and "Memphis" Big Winners at Tony Awards Jun 14, 2010 - 20:38

Broadway legends such as Bernadette Peters and a host of Hollywood royalty attended, from Cate Blanchett and Helen Mirren to Michael Douglas, Melanie Griffith, Antonio Banderas, Lucy Liu, Naomi Watts and Liev Schreiber.

"Red" won the most awards, six in total, including best play, best performance by a featured actor in a play (Eddie Redmayne), best direction of a play (Michael Grandage), best scenic design of a play (Christopher Oram), best lighting design of a play (Neil Austin) and best sound design of a play (Adam Cork).

In addition to best musical, "Memphis" won the award for best book of a musical, best original score and best orchestrations (Daryl Waters and David Bryan).

They were closely followed by revival play "Fences," which took home three awards, including best performance by a leading actor in a play (Denzel Washington) and best performance by a leading actress in a play (Viola Davis), and the Bill T. Jones choreographed musical "Fela!" about the father of Afrobeat, Fela Kuti, which also won three awards, including best choreography.

The awards themselves, broadcast on CBS, were a Hollywood-studded affair this year. Not only was Denzel Washington on Broadway in "Fences," but film stars Catherine Zeta-Jones and Scarlett Johansson also proved themselves on the stage during the 2009-2010 Broadway season.

Both took home awards, Zeta-Jones for best performance by a leading actress in a musical in "A Little Night Music," and Johansson for best performance by a featured actress in a play in "A View From the Bridge."

Also making the crossover to Broadway from an alternate universe was the punk band Green Day, whose songs formed the basis of the score for rock musical "American Idiot." The trio, Joe Armstrong, Mike Dirnt and Tre Cool, performed raucous musical numbers with the cast during the awards show.


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