The Broadway musical adaption of "Once," a story about an Irish guy meeting a Czech girl in Dublin, was showered with praise at the Tony Awards on Sunday, where it received a total of eight awards, reported Reuters.
It scooped best musical, best actor in a musical, best director, best book, best orchestrations, best scenic design and best sound design, according to The Telegraph. The win is British director John Tiffany's first Tony.
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"'Once' is a story about when people believe in each other, they can move on in life, and so many people have believed in this project," Tiffany said in his acceptance speech, reported Reuters.
Steve Kazee, who won best actor for "Once," made an emotional statement to the crowd on receiving his award, saying:
"My mother ... always told me before shows to stand up there and show them whose little boy you are. And I'm showing you today that I am the son of Kathy Withrow Kazee who lost the fight with cancer on Easter Sunday this year, and I think about her every day," The Christian Science Monitor quoted Kazee as saying.
"Once" is based off an independent-style 2006 film of the same name and features the song "Falling Slowly," which also won an Oscar, said The Telegraph.
Other winners were playwright Bruce Norris' satire Clybourne Park, which received a Tony award for best play. And in a surprise move, British actor James Corden won over Philip Seymour Hoffman, taking best actor for the London play "One Man, Two Guvnors," said Reuters.
Award-winning director Mike Nichols was also honored for his adaptation of Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman, said The Telegraph.