Tony Time: How History Was Made At The 2013 Tony Awards

tonyawards-328x253-328-254The 2013 Tony Awards have come and gone but Luner on Theatre is still bringing you coverage on Broadway’s biggest night which we still feel like we are recovering from! Incredible performances, uplifting speeches and hands down one of the best nights for Broadway in years all came together this past Sunday night for the 2013 awards ceremony.  However, Sunday night’s ceremony almost brought in a few milestones for the American Theatre World. But what exactly were they? Today, Luner on Theatre brings you the history that was made at The 2013 Tony Awards ceremony.

Here is how history was made Sunday night:

  • Cyndi Lauper, who wrote the music and lyrics for Kinky Boots, is the first woman to win the Tony Award (without a songwriting partner) for Best Score.
  • Tracy Letts became the first actor to have won the Tony Award for Best Play, the Pulitzer Prize for Drama (both for August: Osage County) and also take the Tony Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play (Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?).
  • Cicely Tyson became the oldest individual to win a Tony Award for her role in The Trip to Bountiful which is reported to be 88 years old. Tyson’s age is not confirmed.
  • Judith Light is the first actress to ever have consecutively won in the category of Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play for her role in The Assembled Parties. She also received the Tony Award for Other Desert Cities in 2012.
  • Patina Miller, won in the category of Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical for Pippin for her performance as the Leading Player. Miller’s win for her performance as the Leading Player marked the first time both a man and a woman won a Tony Award for playing the same role. Ben Vereen won a Tony Award for his performance in the 1972 original original production.
  • Jules Fisher, who won along with Peggy Eisenhauer, the Tony Award for Best Lighting Design of Play (Lucky Guy), now holds a record nine Tony Awards for lighting design. His Tony Award wins include Pippin, Ulysses in Nighttown, Dancin’, Grand Hotel, The Will Rogers Follies, Jelly’s Last Jam, Bring in ‘da Noise, Bring in ‘da Funk and Assassins.
  • Nine African American actors were nominated for Tony Awards on June 9. That is the all time record in Tony Awards history.
  • For only the second time in Tony Awards history, two women took home the Tony Awards for Best Direction for both plays and musicals. Diane Paulus won for Best Direction of a Musical for Pippin and Pam MacKinnon won for Best Direction of a Play for Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?.
  • Even The Tony Awards host managed to close in on a historic Tony record this past Sunday. Neil Patrick Harris hosted the annual awards ceremony for the fourth time closing in on the all time record of five. But who exactly holds that record? Five time Tony Award winner Angela Lansbury. Will Neil Patrick Harris tie history or even break it in the years to come? Only time will tell!

Wow! What an incredible night for American Theatre! So many historic moments to witness and we got to see them all happen!

Just because the 2013 Tony Awards is over doesn’t mean our coverage is! Our final day of coverage for the 2013 Tony Awards will be tomorrow! Look for Tony related posts all week and some of our final thoughts as another amazing theatre season in New York comes to an end. Visit Luner on Theatre’s Tony Time Page for all of our 2013 Tony Awards Coverage so far! Thank you to Playbill and Playbill Vault for the helping collect all the information above! For more information, check out The Tony Awards Official Website! Be sure to check Luner on Theatre on Facebook and Follow Us on Twitter as well! We are constantly updating these pages with information! And of course, check out the rest of Luner on Theatre for all your theatre news you don’t only need but want to know!

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