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Kinky Boots struts off with 6 Tonys

The feel-good musical Kinky Boots, with songs by pop star and Broadway newcomer Cyndi Lauper, won six 2013 Tony Awards, including best musical, best score and best leading man.

Christopher Durang's comical Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike won the best play Tony. Matilda the Musical won four awards and three other shows - Pippin, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and The Nance - shared three awards each.

Lauper, who wrote the hit Girls Just Want to Have Fun, was part of an impressive group of women who took top honours. Diane Paulus and Pam MacKinnon both won for directing - a rare time women have won directing Tonys for both a musical and a play in the same year.

Kinky Boots also won for choreography and two technical awards, and Billy Porter won for leading man in a musical. Porter beat Kinky Boots co-star Stark Sands.

Paulus won her first Tony for directing the crackling, high-energy revival of the musical Pippin, which also earned the best revival honour and helped Patina Miller earn a best leading actress trophy.

MacKinnon won for directing the play Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?. Her revival of Edward Albee's story of marital strife won the best play revival and earned Tracy Letts his first acting Tony, an upset beating of Tom Hanks.

Courtney B Vance won for best featured actor in a play for portraying a newspaper editor opposite Tom Hanks in Lucky Guy. Judith Light won her second featured actress in a play Tony in two years. Meanwhile, Gabriel Ebert of Matilda the Musical won as best featured actor in a musical.

Cicely Tyson, 88, won the best leading actress in a play honours for the revival of The Trip to Bountiful.

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