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Tony Awards 2013: ‘Kinky Boots’ takes best new musical

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NEW YORK — “Kinky Boots” on Sunday night was named this year’s best new musical, bringing its awards haul to six, the most of any production at the 67th annual Tony Awards.

kinkyThe musical, based on the 2005 British movie about a drag queen who saves a shoe factory, beat out the London import “Matilda,” which won four prizes.

Winning for musical revival was “Pippin,” which originated at the American Repertory Theatre in Massachusetts. “Pippin” took four Tonys.

The Steppenwolf’s revival of “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” and Douglas Carter Beane’s “The Nance” each won three awards.

Cicely Tyson won her first Tony Award for the revival of Horton Foote’s “The Trip to Bountiful.”  “It’s been 30 years since I stood on the stage,” said Tyson, 79. But she said she had a “burning desire to just one more” great role.

Patina Miller won for lead actress in a musical for the revival of “Pippin.” She was previously nominated in the musical “Sister Act.”

“Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” by Christopher Durang wins the 2013 Tony for best play.

Cyndi Lauper’s true color was punk red on Sunday when she accepted the award for her original score of “Kinky Boots.” The chameleonic rock star, sporting a loud red hairdo, admitted that even though she had rehearsed her speech in front of the shower curtain, she was still surprised to have won.

For the second time in Tony Awards history, two women took the awards for direction — Diane Paulus for the revival of “Pippin” and Pam MacKinnon for the revival of Edward Albee’s “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?”

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