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Tony Awards 2014 Recap: See Top Winners and Best Performances Here (PHOTO SLIDESHOW)

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By Emma Koonse , Christian Post Reporter
June 9, 2014|11:38 am

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  • Clint Eastwood
    (Photo: Reuters/Carlo Allegri)
    Clint Eastwood presents an award.
  • Orlando Bloom and Anna Gunn
    (Photo: Reuters/Carlo Allegri)
    Orlando Bloom and Anna Gunn present an award.
  • Idina Menzel
    (Photo: Reuters/Carlo Allegri)
    Idina Menzel performs If Then" from the musical Wicked.
  • Gladys Knight (L), Fantasia (C) and Patti LaBelle
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    Gladys Knight (L), Fantasia (C) and Patti LaBelle perform.
  • Bryan Cranston
    (Photo: Reuters/Carlo Allegri)
    Bryan Cranston accepts the Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play for All The Way.
  • Sophie Okonedo
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    Sophie Okonedo accepts the Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play for A Raisin in the Sun.
  • Rapper T.I., Hugh Jackman and LL Cool J
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    (L to R) Rapper T.I., Hugh Jackman and LL Cool J perform.
  • Audra McDonald
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    Audra McDonald accepts the award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play for Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill.
  • Neil Patrick Harris
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    Neil Patrick Harris and the cast of Hedwig and the Angry Inch perform.

The 2014 Tony Awards recognized the best in Broadway at New York City's Radio City Music Hall on Sunday, June 8.

In addition to Broadway stars, the awards show saw an array of visitors from Hollywood as well as some of today's leading musicians. Hugh Jackman served as host of the Tony's while presenters included Orlando Bloom, Anna Gunn, and Clint Eastwood, among many others.

"It's great to be back as your host," Jackman told the crowd before the first Tony Award was announced. "Tonight is a celebration of Broadway."

As the awards show got underway, Audra McDonald earned a record-breaking Tony Award as she won Best Actress for her portrayal of Billie Holiday in "Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grille," marking her sixth Tony and making her the biggest Tony Award winner in the history of the awards show. She now tops five-time Tony winners Angela Lansbury and the late Julie Harris.

McDonald cited Billie Holiday in her acceptance speech, saying, "You deserved so much more than you were given on this planet," according to CBS News.

Bryan Cranston, who is widely recognized for his role in the hit television series "Breaking Bad," earned his first ever Tony for his role as President Lyndon B. Johnson in the play "All the Way." Moreover, Jessie Mueller of "Beautiful: The Carole King Musical" picked up Best Leading Actress in a Musical while Best Leading Actor in a Musical went to Neil Patrick Harris.

Furthermore, "A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder" claimed the night's big win for Best Musical while Best Play went to "All the Way." For a full list of winners, visit here. Neil Patrick Harris who has hosted the Tony's in years past was also a highlight of the night after earning his first Tony Award and performing a scene from "Hedwig and the Angry Inch."

The Tony Awards also saw performances by Sting, Idina Menzel, LL Cool J, Alan Cummings, Fantasia, Patti LaBelle, and Gladys Knight, among many others.

 

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