Cyndi Lauper's musical Kinky Boots wins big at the Tonys

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CYNDI Lauper was the girl of the night at the Tony Awards.

The 67th annual theatre awards were held earlier today at New York's Radio City Music Hall, hosted for the fourth time in a row by How I Met Your Mother star Neil Patrick Harris.

Lauper's musical Kinky Boots took home six awards, including Best Musical, Best Original Score and Best Choreography.

In her acceptance speech, the '80s pop star credited her mum's collection of Broadway musical cast recordings for teaching her how to sing.

Lauper admitted she had rehearsed her words in the shower, saying: "OK ... I can't say I wasn't practising in front of the shower curtain for a couple of days for this speech.

"I've got to thank my mom for sharing all that wonderful music.

"I wrecked all her Broadway musicals when I was a kid, the cast albums. That's how I learned to sing ... I want to thank my wonderful family.

"My son and my husband who inspire me ... and everybody else in my category. I feel honoured to be part of this community.

"I've never been a stranger to hard work, but your hard work is an inspiration to me."

Aussie Tim Minchin missed out on an award for his score for Matilda The Musical, although the show took home four awards including Best Scenic Design and Best Lighting Design.

The other big winners of the night were revived musical Pippin with four awards and three awards each for The Nance and Who's Afraid of Virginia Wolf?

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The 2013 Tony Awards selected winners:

Best Play

  • 'Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike' by Christopher Durang

Best Musical

  • 'Kinky Boots, The Musical'

Best Book of a Musical

  • 'Matilda, The Musical', Dennis Kelly

Best Revival of a Play

  • 'Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?'

Best Revival of a Musical

  • 'Pippin'

Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre

  • 'Matilda The Musical' Music & Lyrics: Tim Minchin

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play

  • Tracy Letts, 'Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?'

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play

  • Cicely Tyson, 'The Trip to Bountiful'

Best Performance By An Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical

  • Billy Porter, 'Kinky Boots'

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical

  • Patina Miller, 'Pippin'

Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play

  • Courtney B. Vance, 'Lucky Guy'

Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play

  • Judith Light, 'The Assembled Parties'

Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical

  • Gabriel Ebert, 'Matilda The Musical'

Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical

  • Andrea Martin, 'Pippin'

Best Direction of a Play

  • Pam MacKinnon, 'Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?'

Best Direction of a Musical

  • Diane Paulus, 'Pippin'

Best Choreography

  • Jerry Mitchell, 'Kinky Boots'


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