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‘Once’ completes its Cinderella story with a Tony



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Judith Light, who plays an acerbic alcoholic in "Other Desert Cities," won for best featured actress in a play. Michael McGrath won for best actor in a featured musical role from "Nice Work If You Can Get It."

In one bit of good news for "Newsies," composer Alan Menken, who has more Oscars than any other living person, captured his first Tony for the score.

At a glance

Ratings for Tony telecast drop almost 1 million

CBS’ Tony Awards show was seen by 6 million viewers, down significantly from last year’s 6.9 million — and against much softer competition, according to preliminary Nielsen figures released Monday.

The data makes it the second-lowest ratings for the Tony awards since 1988.

The Tony broadcast was up against the season finale of AMC’s “Mad Men” but faced no competition from the NBA postseason, as it did last year when it aired opposite Game 6 of the NBA Finals.

Neil Patrick Harris returned as host again this year but there was no clear, dying-to-see-it front-running Broadway show like last year’s juggernaut, “The Book of Mormon.” The sweet musical “Once” won eight awards this year.

Updated ratings figures will be available on Tuesday.

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The show at the Beacon Theatre was packed with musical performances designed to show a TV audience what’s available on Broadway. The numbers were highly entertaining, as was the banter — and song and dance — from Harris, whom the Tony audience adores.

Jesse Tyler Ferguson, the "Modern Family" star, made a cameo appearance as Harris’s understudy in a comic number, and said later at the gala that he loved the show. He also said he had been pulling for "Once," and that Kazee was a friend.

"Wasn’t that speech about his mother amazing?" he said.

Kazee choked up as he told the crowd about his Mom.

"My mother ... always told me before shows to stand up there and show them whose little boy you are," he said. "And I’m showing you today that I am the son of Kathy Withrow Kazee who lost the fight with cancer on Easter Sunday this year, and I think about her every day," Kazee said.




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