The Book of Mormon had plenty to sing about at the 2014 WhatsOnStage Awards this weekend after scooping a clean sweep of four awards. The 14th annual awards do, hosted by Rufus Hound and Mel Giedroyc, celebrates the prime and pomp of the West End and is the only major theatre prize-giving decided by the public. The big winners also included Daniel Radcliffe, who won Best Actor in a Play for his role in The Cripple of Inishmaan, which is now Broadway-bound. Michael Grandage Company, which took the West End by storm in its inaugural year last year with a series of star studded sell-out productions with 100,000 tickets across the season priced at just ?10, received the hotly-contested award for Best Director. Helen Mirren took Best Actress in a Play Award for her role as Queen Elizabeth II in The Audience. The Audience also received Best New Play for Peter Morgan, and Best Supporting Actress for Haydn Gwynne.
In a strong night for Harry Potter graduates, Rupert Grint took the London Newcomer of the Year for his West End debut in Mojo – an award which Radcliffe received previously for Equus. UPDATED: "Book of Mormon" wins nine awards, including best musical, while "War Horse" takes home six trophies, including best play. NEW YORK -- Voters for the 65th annual Tony Awards demonstrated their faith in The Book of MormonSunday night, showering the irreverent buddy comedy about two unworldly missionaries catapulted from Salt Lake City to a poverty-stricken Ugandan village with nine wins, including best musical.
Broadcast live from the Beacon Theatre on New York's Upper West Side, the ceremony was hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, marking his second turn at the Tony podium after winning an Emmy for emceeing in 2009.
Originally produced by the National Theatre of Great Britain and presented on Broadway by Lincoln Center Theater and Bob Boyett, War Horse has been a major draw in New York, grossing around $900,000 per week -- uncommonly high for a non-musical with no stars. With the Dec 28 release of the Spielberg movie sure to steer additional attention to the show, War Horse stands to be a long-lease tenant for Lincoln Center.
Two revivals also reaped a share of Tony glory, cutting into the sweep factor for the new play and musical winners by taking three awards apiece.
Roundabout Theatre Company's production of the 1934 Cole Porter musical-comedy, Anything Goes, won for musical revival, with Sutton Foster bagging her second Tony for lead actress in a musical (she won in 2002 for Thoroughly Modern Millie) and Kathleen Marshall winning her third for choreography.
Lead actor in a musical went to Norbert Leo Butz in the otherwise overlooked Catch Me if You Can.


The expected volley of digs at Spider-Man Turn Off the Darkwas exactly that, with Harris challenging himself to cram as many of them as possible into 30 seconds on the clock.
Bono and the Edge also showed a sense of humor in their presentation of a well-chosen number from the troubled show. One of the best of the musical presentations was from The Scottsboro Boys, the final collaboration of legendary composing team John Kander and the late Fred Ebb. But the undisputed winner of the night was The Book of Mormon, validating the risky move of producer Scott Rudin in deciding to bypass the show's originally planned Off Broadway run and open cold uptown.
While exact numbers have not been released, advance sales on the show reportedly are huge, with performances sold out for months. At this evening’s ceremony at the Prince of Wales Theatre in London - the home of Mormon - the all-conquering musical won Best New Musical, Best Actor in a Musical for Gavin Creel, Best Supporting Actress in a Musical for Alexia Khadime, and Best Supporting Actor in a Musical for Stephen Ashfield. This year's bash, we are delighted to say, was held in aid of The Big Issue Foundation, WhatsOnStage's charity partner for 2014.
102,000 people were first-time bookers for us and if some of them have voted for these productions then our ambition to attract new audiences in the West End is all working well," said Grandage. David Walliams received the Best Supporting Actor in a Play Award for his role in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the production also winning Best Shakespearean Production. Barry Humphries’ triumphant farewell tour Eat Pray Laugh!, which recently completed its run at the London Palladium, won him Best Solo Performance.
By subscribing to the Big Issue you get more great articles like this one every week and provide us with the additional revenue to build our street-based support for our vendors. Since opening March 24 at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre to rave reviews, Mormon has been playing to capacity houses, grossing more than $1 million per week and totaling roughly $15 million to date.
James was a genuinely surprised winner for featured actress as a Ugandan with wide-eyed dreams of a magical kingdom in Utah. A second North American production opens in Toronto in February, while the 20-city national tour launches June 13, 2012, at the Ahmanson Theater in Los Angeles.
A previous winner in 2004 for Wonderful Townand in 2006 for The Pajama Game, Marshall, who also directed Anything Goes, knocked out audiences this season with her explosive, big-build dance numbers.


And once again, he gave the night's nuttiest acceptance speech, this time about walking through walls. A previous winner for Dirty Rotten Scoudrels in 2005, Butz won for his role as the paunchy FBI agent tracking wunderkind con man Frank Abagnale Jr.
While the show failed to win in any of the 12 categories in which it was nominated, the rousing performance should boost awareness for its forthcoming tour, beginning at San Diego's Old Globe Theatre next spring. Their interplay and mutual ribbing was a good argument for bringing them both back to co-host next year.
Top ticket price has just been raised to a new high of $155 for standard seats (premiums go for double that) with the holiday weeks of Thanksgiving and Christmas selling for $175. Despite offers to move the show into a larger house, the producers have elected to stay put given that comedy tends to play best in a more intimate space. In one of the Tony telecast's best sight gags, Harris rode onto the stage on one of the equine stars of War Horse.
It also won matching featured actor nods for John Benjamin Hickey and Ellen Barkin, making her Broadway debut. Butz's role was played by Tom Hanks in the Spielberg movie on which the musical was based. Matching his speedily written sung tribute to the winners that closed the 2009 Tonys show, Harris this year concluded with an extended rap about the winners that built into a heartfelt endorsement of the rewards of live theater. That means Mormonwill likely recoup its capitalization (around $9 million) and go into profit well before the end of the year.
Both actors gave emotional speeches warmly acknowledging Kramer and his tireless fight against AIDS.



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