2004 Awards

Tony Award (Wikipedia)

2004 saw the fight for Best Musical between Avenue Q and Wicked reach fever pitch, with the former spending over $300,000 on marketing to ensure voters supported the smaller show. People will argue that Wicked, the multi million dollar blockbuster did not need the additional revenue created by winning the prestigious award, and it continued to run on Broadway and all over the world. Indina Menzel took on her opposing leading lady Kristin Chenowerth to clinch the Best Actress Award with Hugh Jackman being rewarded for his efforts in The Boy from Oz. Over in London Maria Friedman had a well deserved win for her portrayal of the Mother in Ragtime, with David Badella taking home the award for Jerry Springer the Opera. The chorus of the same musical made West End history, as the whole ensemble won the award for Best Supporting Performance.

 

Category 2004 Tony Awards 2004 Olivier Awards
Best Play I am my Own Wife (Doug Wright) The Pillowman (National, Cottesloe)
Best Musical Avenue Q Jerry Springer the Opera (National Theatre)
Best Musical Revival Assassins Pacific Overtures (Donmar)
Best Actor Jefferson Mays (I am My Own Wife) Matthew Kelly (Of Mice and Men, Savoy)
Best Actress Phylicia Rashad (A Raisin in the Sun) Eileen Atkins (Honour, National Cottesloe)
Best Actor (Musical) Hugh Jackman (The Boy from Oz) David Badella (Jerry Springer the Opera, National)
Best Actress (Musical) Idina Menzel (Wicked) Maria Friedman (Ragtime, Piccadilly)
Best Director Joe Mantello (Assassins) Michael Grandage (Caligula, Donmar)
Best Choreographer Kathleen Marshal (Wonderful Town) Karen Bruce (Pacific Overtures, Donmar)
Avenue Q wins the Tony for Best Musical
Hugh Jackman performs ‘One Night Only’ at the 2004 Tony Awards opening

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