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Hairspray, 'Journey' Tony's top winners

June 9, 2003 at 8:10 AM
NEW YORK, June 9 (UPI) -- The musical "Hairspray" and Eugene O'Neill's "Long Day's Journey Into Night" were top winners at the 57th Annual Tony Awards.

Based on John Waters' cult 1988 film, "Hairspray" Sunday nabbed honors for Best Musical, Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a musical for Harvey Fierstein, who dressed in drag for the role, and Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical for Marissa Jaret Winokur.

"Hairspray" also won the Tonys for Best Book of a Musical for Mark O'Donnell and Thomas Meehan and Best Score for Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman.

Upon winning the prize for Best Director of a Musical for "Hairspray," Jack O'Brien declared, "Finally!"

"Long Day's Journey Into Night" was named Best Revival of a Play and won Tonys for Best Performance by a Leading Actor for Brian Dennehy and Best Performance by a Leading Actress for Vanessa Redgrave.

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