Breaking Broadway: Bryan Cranston Triumphs With Best Actor at Tony Awards
The Breaking Bad actor wins his first Tony Award
Is Bryan Cranston the most adaptable actor in Hollywood? Having goofed around with slapstick in 'Malcolm in The Middle,' struggled with the perils of right and wrong in 'Breaking Bad' and fought the system in 'Godzilla', the 58-year-old actor picked up a Tony Award for his portrayal of former President of The United States, Lyndon Johnson, in 'All the Way' on Saturday (June 7).
Bryan Cranston at the Tony Awards 2014 [Photo: Getty Images, Credit: Andrew H Walker]
The accolade extends Cranston’s remarkable winning streak which has seen him pick up Emmys, Golden Globes and SAGs for his memorable turn as Walter White, the chemistry teacher-turned-drug empire lynchpin with an unquenchable appetite for power and a seemingly irresistible urge for revenge.
'All The Way', commissioned, developed and premiered by Oregon Shakespeare Festival, also saw its writer Robert Schenkkan pick up the gong for Best New Play. Taking its name from LBJ’s famous slogan, “LBJ, all the way”, Schenkkan’s work chronicles 36th president’s efforts to manoeuvre members of the 88th United States Congress to enact the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
Elsehwhere on the night Audra McDonald made history by becoming Broadway's most decorated actress. Her sixth award for playing Billie Holiday in Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill put her ahead of five-time winners Angela Lansbury and the late Julie Harris. She thanked her parents for not medicating their hyperactive child.
Sophie Okonedo won for best featured actress in Kenny Leon's revival of A Raisin in the Sun, in which she plays opposite Denzel Washington. "I am loving it on Broadway," she said when accepting her award, adding her thanks to Scott Rudin for believing that a "Jewish, Nigerian Brit" could play the role of Ruth Younger.
Here are the winners in full:
Best Play: 'All the Way'
Best Revival of a Play: 'A Raisin in the Sun'
Best Revival of a Musical: 'Hedwig and the Angry Inch'
Best Book of a Musical: 'A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder'
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play: Bryan Cranston, 'All the Way'
Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play - Audra McDonald, Lady Day at 'Emerson's Bar & Grill'
Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play: Mark Rylance, 'Twelfth Night'
Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical: Lena Hall, 'Hedwig and the Angry Inch'
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical
Neil Patrick Harris, 'Hedwig and the Angry Inch'
Best Direction of a Musical: Darko Tresnjak, 'A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder'
Best Direction of a Play: Kenny Leon, 'A Raisin in the Sun'
Best Score: Jason Robert Brown, 'The Bridges of Madison County'
Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical: James Monroe Iglehart, 'Aladdin'
Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play: Sophie Okonedo, 'A Raisin in the Sun'