Once Scoops Up 8 Tonys

'Falling Slowly' romance grabs Best Musical, Performance, Book, Design

By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser Staff

Posted Jun 10, 2012 11:45 PM CDT | Updated Jun 11, 2012 12:01 AM CDT

(Newser) – The come-from-behind Broadway hit Once won a Tony Award—but it didn't just do it once. The sweet reverie based on the 2006 movie about the unlikely love affair between a Czech flower seller and Dublin street musician took home eight Tonys, including wins for Best New Musical, Best Musical Performance for actor Steve Kazee, and one for Enda Walsh, for Best Book of a Musical. Both the film and musical featured the Oscar-winning song, "Falling Slowly."

Audra McDonald grabbed top honors for an actress in a musical for Porgy and Bess, which won Best Musical Revival. Best Dramatic Play was Clybourne Park, and Best Dramatic Performances went to James Corden for One Man, Two Guvnors, and Nina Arianda for Venus in Fur. The awards presentation, in Manhattan's Beacon Theater, was hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, and featured more performances than ever, reports the Los Angeles Times. Check here for a complete list of nominees and winners.

James Corden shows off his award for "One Man, Two Guvnors" at the 66th Annual Tony Awards in New York yesterday.   (Photo by Evan Agostini /Invision/AP)
Audra McDonald performs a scene from "The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess" at theTonys yesterday.   (Photo by Charles Sykes /Invision/AP)
Harvey Fierstein hams it up.   (Photo by Charles Sykes /Invision/AP)
Nina Arianda whoops it up after winning Best Performance for 'Venus in Fur.'   (Getty Images)
Cristin Milioti and Steve Kazee perform in a scene from "Once" at the Tonys.   (Photo by Charles Sykes /Invision/AP)
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