Winner’s Circle: Kinky Boots, Matilda, and Pippin Lead the Pack at the 2013 Tony Awards

By  June 10, 2013

Who knew a musical about a struggling shoemaker’s foray into fetish would be hit on the Great White Way? With the 2013 Tony Awards and its reveled return to Radio City Music Hall, that’s the fairytale surrounding Kinky Boots at The Al Hirschfeld Theatre. Not only did the crowd pleaser earn musical of the year, its cast and crew celebrated best original score (go Cyndi Lauper!), orchestrations, choreography, and sound design of a musical, while lead actor Billy Porter sang his way to the top actor in a musical prize.

Still, those scintillating scarlet boots managed to share the stage with commendable talent (like the acrobatic prowess portrayed in Pippin), veteran performers (Cicely Tyson, anyone?), and pint-sized performers who could put your favorite singer’s pipes to shame (who’s our date to Matilda?). In our post-ceremony regards to Broadway, we extend a thunderous applause and a bountiful bravo to theatre’s greatest acts of the year.

Best Play: Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, Christopher Durang
Best Revival of a Play: Who’s Afraid of Viginia Woolf?
Best Lead Actor in a Play: Tracy Letts, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Best Lead Actress in a Play: Cicely Tyson, The Trip to Bountiful
Best Featured Actor in a Play: Courtney B. Vance, Lucky Guy
Best Featured Actress in a Play: Judith Light, The Assembled Parties
Best Director of a Play: Pam MacKinnon, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Best Musical: Kinky Boots, Harvey Fierstein
Best Revival of a Musical: Pippin
Best Lead Actor in a Musical: Billy Porter, Kinky Boots
Best Lead Actress in a Musical: Patina Miller, Pippin
Best Featured Actor in a Musical: Gabriel Ebert, Matilda the Musical
Best Featured Actress in a Musical: Andrea Martin, Pippin
Best Director of a Musical: Diane Paulus, Pippin
Best Book of a Musical: Matilda the Musical
Best Original Score: Kinky Boots, Cyndi Lauper

For a full list of winners from the 2013 Tony Awards, click here. And for your viewing pleasure, relive the ceremony’s opening number below—we guess all that practice paid off for host Neil Patrick Harris.