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11:58 am
Mon June 9, 2014

'All The Way' Wins Tony Award For Best Play

Robert Schenkkan’s “All The Way” has won the Tony Award for best play.

Starring Bryan Cranston, the play focuses on President Lyndon B. Johnson’s first year in office and explores both his fight for re-election and the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Cranston, the former “Breaking Bad” star also nabbed the Tony for best lead actor in a play in his Broadway debut.

Also, after years of helping hand out Tony Awards to others, Neil Patrick Harris finally has one of his own.

The Emmy Award-winning “How I Met Your Mother” star won his first Tony on Sunday for playing a German male transsexual rock singer in “Hedwig and the Angry Inch.”

Other winners include “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder” which won the best new musical Tony Award and Jessie Mueller who received the best lead actress in a musical Tony for playing the title character in “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical.”

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Transcript

JEREMY HOBSON, HOST:

And before we go to break, let's go to Broadway where the big winner last night's Tony Awards was "A Gentleman's Guide To Love And Murder." It won best musical.

(SOUNDBITE OF PLAY, "A GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER")

LAUREN WORSHAM: (As Phoebe D'Ysquith) Mr. Novato, forgive my intrusion. I needed to see you and see you today.

HOBSON: The musical picked up four Tony's in all - best play went to Robert Schenkkan’s “All The Way," which also won former “Breaking Bad" star, Bryan Cranston, the Tony for best leading actor. Cranston plays Lyndon Johnson.

(SOUNDBITE OF PLAY, "ALL THE WAY")

BRYAN CRANSTON: (As Lyndon Johnson) Everybody wants pie, everybody. And if they say they don't, they're lying. But everybody thinks it ought to be given out free charge like Mardi Gras beads, especially with them because of course they going to do good with it. And nothing comes free - nothing, not even good, especially not good.

HOBSON: Audra McDonald made history by winning her sixth Tony, the most ever by an actor, for her performance as blues singer Billy Holiday, in "Lady Day At Emerson's Bar And Grill." And four-time Tony host, Neil Patrick Harris, won a Tony of his own for best actor in a musical. Harris plays a transgender, would-be glam rock star in "Hedwig And The Angry Inch." And he electrified last night's audience with his performance of "Sugar Daddy."

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "SUGAR DADDY")

NEIL PATRICK HARRIS: (Singing) I've got a sweet tooth for licorice drops and jelly roll. Hey, sugar daddy, Hansel needs some sugar in his bowl.

HOBSON: Quite a night on Broadway. You're listening to HERE AND NOW.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "SUGAR DADDY")

HARRIS: (Singing) And everything you bring me got me dripping like a honeycomb, and if you've got some sugar for me, Sugar Daddy, bring it home. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

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