WINS TONY FOR BEST MUSICAL
Monty Python's Spamalot picked up the Tony Award for Best Musical tonight. Along with Sara Ramirez for Best Featured Actress and Mike Nichols for Best Director, Spamalot won a total of three Tony Awards, making Spamalot an official Tony Award Winning Play.
Python fans wish it could have won more, of course, seeing how the show had been nominated for a total of 14 awards. Still, winning Best Musical, the evening's top award, is the kind of recognition that pushes the Pythons to ever-greater historic relevance.
Eric Idle, as well as as John Du Prez and the cast of Spamalot were on hand to accept the awards. The evening featured a live performance by the cast of the song Find Your Grail, which highlights the stunning vocals of Sara Ramirez. Sara accepted the award for Featured Actress with comedic grace, adjusting her revealing low-cut dress while climbing the stage. "I'd like to thank--oh Good Lord, Claritin, and all of my doctors," said Sara after a brief coughing fit before approaching the microphone.
In the show, Sara sings a Diva's Lament about the fact that she has no Tony Awards. So what will she sing now? "I don't know," she laughed in a post-show interview, "talk to Eric Idle, I'm sure he'll figure it out!"
Mike Nichols won the award for Best Direction of a Musical, making this his ninth Tony Award. "Above all, I have to thank Python and Eric Idle from whom all blessings flow," Nichols said on stage in his acceptance speech. "My love to those who have not won tonight," he also said, "I just want to remind you of my motto: Cheer up, life isn't everything."
For the final award of the evening, Best Musical, the producers, Eric Idle, and the entire cast came on stage to accept the award. "And now for something completely different ... let's not thank Eric Idle who was the genius behind it all," said the show's producer Bill Haber. Eric stepped forward and did a triumphant little jig. The acceptance speech was alas cut short to keep the show on schedule, but the evening was one that Eric Idle and the members of Spamalot will cherish for years.
Here is the list of winners in the categories that include Monty Python's Spamalot as a nominee.
Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical
Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical
Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical
Best Direction of a Musical
Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre
Best Book of a Musical
Best Scenic Design of a Musical
Best Costume Design of a Musical
Best Lighting Design of a Musical