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Bryan Cranston, Neil Patrick Harris, Audra McDonald win 2014 Tonys

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It was Broadway's biggest night but tonight's 2014 Tonys ceremony looked like The Emmys with all the television stars appearing on the live broadcast on Sunday night. Many of TV's biggest stars, past and present, were on hand to honor Broadway and to receive accolades themselves in a night that made Tony history.

Five-time Tony winner Audra McDonald became a six-time Tony winner for her role as Billie Holiday in the acclaimed play "Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill." McDonald's win makes her the most celebrated actress on the stage, surpassing Julie Harris and Angela Landsbury who each have five Tonys. Onstage, McDonald gave an emotional speech, thanking her family, her fellow nominees and the gave nods to the women "whose shoulders" she stands on that allowed her to do what she loves, including legendary Broadway actresses Ruby Dee, Lena Horne, Diahann Carroll and Holiday herself. McDonald starred in the ABC series "Private Practice."

Tony Awards fixture, Neil Patrick Harris, who hosted the show 4 times previously, took home a Tony Award for his performance as a transgender rock singer in the musical revival "Hedwig and the Angry Inch." The musical also picked up an award for Best Revival of a Musical. Harris just finished a successful run as Barney on CBS' "How I Met Your Mother."

Walter White also hit Broadway; well his alter-ego Bryan Cranston did. "The Breaking Bad" star continued to show his acting range starring in the play "All The Way" as President Lyndon B. Johnson. The actor's Broadway debut earned him his first Tony Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play. Before "Breaking Bad," Cranston played the lovable Dad in "Malcolm in the Middle."

Other stars of television who presented or performed included Tina Fey, Lucy Liu, LL Cool J, Matthew Bonner, Dule Hill, Anna Gunn, Emmy Rossum, Tony Goldwyn, Kevin Bacon, Wayne Brady, Sutton Foster, RuPaul, Fran Drescher, Alan Cumming and talk show staple, Rosie O'Donnell who received an honorary Tony for her producing work and support of Broadway throughout the years.

Below is a complete list of winners:

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE IN A PLAY

Samuel Barnett, “Twelfth Night”
Bryan Cranston, “All the Way” – WINNER
Chris O’Dowd, “Of Mice and Men
Mark Rylance, “Richard III”
Tony Shalhoub, “Act One”

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE IN A PLAY

Tyne Daly, “Mothers and Sons”
Latasha Richardson-Jackson, “A Raisin in the Sun”
Cherry Jones, “The Glass Menagerie”
Audra McDonald, “Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill” – WINNER
Estelle Parsons, “The Velocity of Autumn”

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE IN A MUSICAL

Neil Patrick Harris, “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” – WINNER
Ramin Karimloo, “Les Miserables”
Andy Karl, “Rocky”
Jefferson Mays, “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder”
Bryce Pinkham, “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder”

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE IN A MUSICAL

Mary Bridget Davies, “A Night With Janis Joplin”
Sutton Foster, “Violet”
Idina Menzel, “If/Then”
Jessie Mueller, “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical” – WINNER
Kelli O’Hara, “The Bridges of Madison County”

BEST REVIVAL OF A PLAY

“The Cripple of Inishmaan”
“The Glass Menagerie”
“A Raisin in the Sun” – WINNEr
“Twelfth Night”

BEST REVIVAL OF A MUSICAL

“Hedwig and the Angry Inch” – WINNER
“Les Miserables”
“Violet”

BEST PLAY

“Act One”
“All the Way” – WINNER
Casa Valentina”
“Mothers and Sons”
“Outside Mullingar”

BEST MUSICAL

“After Midnight”
“Aladdin”
“Beautiful: The Carole King Musical”
“A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder” – WINNER

BEST BOOK OF A MUSICAL

Chad Beguelin, “Aladdin”
Douglas McGrath, “Beautiful – The Carole King Musical”
Woody Allen, “Bullets Over Broadway”
Robert L. Freedman, “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder” – WINNER

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE (MUSIC AND/OR LYRICS) WRITTEN FOR THE THEATRE

“Aladdin” Music: Alan Menken, Lyrics: Howard Ashman, Tim Rice and Chad Beguelin
“The Bridges of Madison County” Music & Lyrics: Jason Robert Brown – WINNER
“A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder” Music: Steven Lutvak, Lyrics: Robert L. Freedman & Steven Lutvak
“If/Then” Music: Tom Kitt, Lyrics: Brian Yorkey

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A FEATURED ROLE IN A PLAY

Reed Birney, “Casa Valentina”
Paul Chahidi, “Twelfth Night”
Stephen Fry, “Twelfth Night”
Mark Rylance, “Twelfth Night” – WINNER
Brian J. Smith, “The Glass Menagerie”

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A FEATURED ROLE IN A PLAY

Sarah Greene, “The Cripple of Inishmaan”
Celia Keenan-Bolger, “The Glass Menagerie”
Sophie Okonedo, “A Raisin in the Sun” – WINNER
Anika Noni Rose, “A Raisin in the Sun”
Mare Winningham, “Casa Valentina”

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A FEATURED ROLE IN A MUSICAL

Danny Burstein, “Cabaret”
Nick Cordero, “Bullets Over Broadway”
Joshua Henry, “Violet”
James Monroe Iglehart, “Aladdin” – VIDEO
Jarrod Spector, “Beautiful – The Carole King Musical”

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A FEATURED ROLE IN A MUSICAL

Linda Emond, “Cabaret”
Lena Hall, “Hedwig and the Angry Inch”
Anika Larsen, “Beautiful – The Carole King Musical” – WINNER
Adriane Lenox, “After Midnight”
Lauren Worsham, “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder”

BEST SCENIC DESIGN OF A PLAY

Beowulf Boritt, “Act One” – WINNER
Bob Crowley, “The Glass Menagerie”
Es Devlin, “Machinal”
Christopher Oram, “The Cripple of Inishmaan”

BEST SCENIC DESIGN OF A MUSICAL

Christopher Barreca, “Rocky” – WINNER
Julian Crouch, “Hedwig and the Angry Inch”
Alexander Dodge, “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder”
Santo Loquasto, “Bullets Over Broadway”

BEST COSTUME DESIGN OF A PLAY

Jane Greenwood, “Act One”
Michael Krass, “Machinal”
Rita Ryack, “Casa Valentina”
Jenny Tiramani, “Twelfth Night” – WINNER

BEST COSTUME DESIGN OF A MUSICAL

Linda Cho, “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder” – WINNER
William Ivey Long, “Bullets Over Broadway”
Arianne Phillips, “Hedwig and the Angry Inch”
Isabel Toledo, “After Midnight”

BEST LIGHTING DESIGN OF A PLAY

Paule Constable, “The Cripple of Inishmaan”
Jane Cox, “Machinal”
Natasha Katz, “The Glass Menagerie” – WINNER
Japhy Weideman, “Of Mice and Men”

BEST LIGHTING DESIGN OF A MUSICAL

Kevin Adams, “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” – WINNER
Christopher Akerlind, “Rocky”
Howell Binkley, “After Midnight”
Donald Holder, “The Bridges of Madison County”

BEST SOUND DESIGN OF A PLAY

Alex Baranowski, “The Cripple of Inishmaan”
Steve Canyon Kennedy, “Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill” – WINNER
Dan Moses Schreier, “Act One”
Matt Tierney, “Machinal”

BEST SOUND DESIGN OF A MUSICAL

Peter Hylenski, “After Midnight”
Tim O’Heir, “Hedwig and the Angry Inch”
Mick Potter, “Les Miserables”
Brian Ronan, “Beautiful – The Carole King Musical” – WINNER

BEST DIRECTION OF A PLAY

Tim Carroll, “Twelfth Night”
Michael Grandage, “The Cripple of Inishmaan”
Kenny Leon, “A Raisin in the Sun” – WINNER
John Tiffany, “The Glass Menagerie”

BEST DIRECTION OF A MUSICAL

Warren Carlyle, “After Midnight”
Michael Mayer, “Hedwig and the Angry Inch”
Leigh Silverman, “Violet”
Darko Tresnjak, “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder” – WINNER

BEST CHOREOGRAPHY

Warren Carlyle, “After Midnight” – WINNER
Steven Hoggett & Kelly Devine, “Rocky”
Casey Nicholaw, “Aladdin”
Susan Stroman, “Bullets Over Broadway”

BEST ORCHESTRATIONS

Doug Besterman, “Bullets Over Broadway”
Jason Robert Brown, “The Bridges of Madison County” WINNER
Steve Sidwell, “Beautiful – The Carole King Musical”
Jonathan Tunick, “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder”

RECIPIENTS OF AWARDS AND HONORS IN NON-COMPETITIVE CATEGORIES

SPECIAL TONY AWARD FOR LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT IN THE THEATRE
Jane Greenwood

REGIONAL THEATRE AWARD
Signature Theatre, New York, N.Y.

ISABELLE STEVENSON AWARD
Rosie O’Donnell

TONY HONORS FOR EXCELLENCE IN THE THEATRE
Joseph P. Benincasa
Joan Marcus
Charlotte Wilcox

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