‘Newsies’ and ‘Peter and the Starcatcher’ Earn Seven Tony Awards

Last night, the Broadway community came together to honor some of this season’s greatest Broadway shows, performers, and creators at the 2012 Tony Awards. And while Clybourne Park and Once may have taken home the top honors of Best Play and Best Musical, respectively, the Disney shows Newsies and Peter and the Starcatcher did not come home empty-handed. The two shows earned a combined total of seven awards, including Best Score and Best Featured Actor in a Play.

Newsies, the soaring and energetic musical based on the 1992 film of the same name, earned two out of the eight awards it was nominated for. Disney Legend Alan Menken and Jack Feldman earned the Tony Award for Best Score, which marked Menken’s first Tony Award. In addition, Christopher Gattelli was honored for the athletic and jaw-dropping choreography he created for the show, taking home the Tony Award for Best Choreography.

Peter and the Starcatcher, a play that tells the tale of Peter Pan before he became the legendary Lost Boy we’ve always known, took home five out of the nine awards it was nominated for. After earning more Tony Award nominations than any other play, the show ended up winning more awards than any other play as well; the only show to earn more Tony Awards this season was Once, which won eight awards. In addition to sweeping the design categories of Best Scenic Design of a Play (Donyale Werle), Best Lighting Design of a Play (Jeff Croiter), Best Costume Design of a Play (Paloma Young), and Best Sound Design of a Play (Darron L West), the show also won Best Featured Actor in a Play, recognizing actor Christian Borle’s incredible performance as Black Stache, the buffoonish villain who would go on to become Captain Hook.

For a complete list of winners, visit www.TonyAwards.com.

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