June 11 2012 – “Once” dominates Tony Awards
Written by Dubliner Enda Walsh, Once beat off the big-budget Disney production Newsies the Musical to win the much-coveted prize for Best Musical.
Producer Frederick Zollo accepted the award on behalf of the cast and crew.
Gesturing to Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova, who together wrote most of the soundtrack for the original film, Zollo said: “We thank Glen Hansard and Marketa for their incredible score, John Carney for the film… and how about that company, led by Steve Kazee and Crisin Milioti?”
Walsh looked shocked as he took to the stage to accept the award for Best Book of a Musical.
“Holy shit!” he exclaimed, as he kicked off his speech.
“I’m completely made up. Thank you to the cast, you’re ‘effing’ extraordinary! And Holy God – our producers of course!”
Walsh generated several laughs during his acceptance speech, quipping “If I wasn’t talking to you now I’d be wearing my intestines on my head!”
“Good luck, see ya!,” he said, as he left the stage.
An emotional Kazee accepted the award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical.
“I wanna say thank you to my cast and my beautiful leading lady who has held me up through the past two months. My mother passed on Easter Sunday and this cast has carried me around and made me feel alive,” he said.
During an earlier, live performance, Kazee – a native of Kentucky who says he is “three quarters Irish” – proved he had mastered the Irish pronunciation of ‘th’.
“I’m proud to be sort of indirectly Irish eight times a week and to feel like I’m an honorary citizen, I hope. I talked to the President of Ireland to see if I could maybe get dual-citizenship!,” he said.
Cristin Milioti missed out on the award for Best Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical, which went to Audra McDonald for her role in The Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess.
Once, which is based on the 2006 film of the same name by John Carney, which starred Hansard and Irglova, was among 14 musicals that debuted on Broadway this season, and one of four to be nominated for Best Musical.
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