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2006 Tony Award Winners

Musicals may be eligible to win in four more categories (book, choreography, orchestrations, and score) than straight plays, but that didn't stop The History Boys from being the night’s big winner with six Tony awards. Jersey Boys, The Four Seasons jukebox musical, won best musical.


Best Musical
The Color Purple
"The show leaves the impression that Celie’s redemption comes mainly from entrepreneurial zeal."
The Drowsy Chaperone
"Comedy has a special theatricality…Delightfully, this show exploits every bit of it."
Jersey Boys (Winner)
"After years as the butt of the nation’s jokes, the Garden State is getting a kiss from Broadway."
The Wedding Singer
"Lovingly sends up the eighties and all but shivers with irony."

Best Play
The History Boys (Winner)
"Though Bennett skimps on the story’s grief, the play is never less than smart and compelling."
The Lieutenant of Inishmore
"A uniquely potent way to indict militancy, power, false patriotism."
Rabbit Hole
"Belongs to a swollen class of plays that have all sorts of storytelling virtues but no particular theatrical virtues."
Shining City
"A tiny panorama of lonely Dubliners, with the occasional burst of the supernatural."

Best Musical (Revival)
The Pajama Game (Winner)
"A tuneful exploration of mid-century labor relations and interoffice romance."
Sweeney Todd
"Stephen Sondheim’s bloody masterpiece, with just ten actors playing all the roles and musical instruments."
The Threepenny Opera
"How seriously can you take a socioeconomic critique when a guy onstage is wearing purple hot pants and thigh-high boots?"

Best Play (Revival)
Awake and Sing! (Winner)
"An almost-great play that dared to end with a flicker of hope."
The Constant Wife
"If you've been cheating on the missus, The Constant Wife is the show for you."
Faith Healer
"Director Jonathan Kent succeeds in making a drab, tedious play as drab and tedious as possible."
"A long-married couple venture to the beach one day and unaccountably meet a pair of talking lizards."

Best Book (Musical)
Chad Beguelin and Tim Herlihy, The Wedding Singer
Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice, Jersey Boys
Bob Martin and Don McKellar, The Drowsy Chaperone (Winner)
Marsha Norman, The Color Purple

Best Original Score
Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison, The Drowsy Chaperone (Winner)
Brenda Russell, Allee Willis, and Stephen Bray, The Color Purple
Matthew Sklar and Chad Beguelin, The Wedding Singer
Andrew Lloyd Webber and David Zippel, The Woman in White

Best Orchestrations
Larry Blank, The Drowsy Chaperone
Dick Lieb and Danny Troob, The Pajama Game
Steve Orich, Jersey Boys
Sarah Travis, Sweeney Todd (Winner)

Best Scenic Design (Musical)
John Lee Beatty, The Color Purple
David Gallo, The Drowsy Chaperone (Winner)
Derek McLane, The Pajama Game
Klara Zieglerova, Jersey Boys

Best Scenic Design (Play)
John Lee Beatty, Rabbit Hole
Bob Crowley, The History Boys (Winner)
Santo Loquasto, Three Days of Rain
Michael Yeargan, Awake and Sing!

Best Costume Design (Musical)
Gregg Barnes, The Drowsy Chaperone (Winner)
Susan Hilferty, Lestat
Martin Pakledinaz, The Pajama Game
Paul Tazewell, The Color Purple

Best Costume Design (Play)
Michael Krass, The Constant Wife
Santo Loquasto, A Touch of the Poet
Catherine Zuber, Awake and Sing! (Winner)
Catherine Zuber, Seascape

Best Lighting Design (Musical)
Ken Billington and Brian Monahan, The Drowsy Chaperone
Howell Binkley, Jersey Boys (Winner)
Natasha Katz, Tarzan
Brian MacDevitt, The Color Purple

Best Lighting Design (Play)
Christopher Akerlind, Awake and Sing!
Paul Gallo, Three Days of Rain
Mark Henderson, Faith Healer (Winner)
Mark Henderson, The History Boys

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