Tony Awards: Let There Be Light!

I wasn’t surprised that “Once,” the musical set in Dublin and based on an Oscar-winning film, won the most prizes at last night’s Tony awards. (Winners here.) I was, however, surprised at how many it won: eight. Another show incubated at New York Theatre Workshop, “Peter and the Starcatcher,” won the most Tonys for any play (five), most of the them for design. I didn’t find many surprises in the results, although I thought that the acclaimed production of “Death of a Salesman” would win at least one award for its actors. “Porgy and Bess” winning Best Musical Revival over “Follies” didn’t surprise me at all. I was happiest for Judith Light (pictured), who won for Best Featured Actress/Play, for her performance as an alcoholic in Jon Robin Baitz’s superb “Other Desert Cities.” Judith, whom I have the good fortune to know, is one of the most beautiful human beings on the planet, and works tirelessly for a host of good causes. Karma certainly favored her on Tony night.

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