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'Red,' 'Memphis win top Tony Awards

June 13, 2010 |  8:07 pm

After winning best play at the Outer Critics and Drama Desk Awards, "Red" took the top prize at the Tony Awards. This two-hander about abstract artist Mark Rothko and his assistant was the front-runner and was the unanimous choice of our pundits. "Red" was written by someone of notable award pedigree -- John Logan, who was Oscar-nominated for writing best picture champ "Gladiator" and best pic nominee "The Aviator." 

"Red" won five of its other six Tony bids -- featured actor (Eddie Redmayne), director (Michael Grandage), lighting design (Neil Austin), scenic design (Christopher Oram) and sound design (Adam Cork).

"Memphis," a musical about race relations in the 1950s, won the top tuner prize at the Tony Awards. The only book musical among the four nominees was predicted to win by a majority of our pundits. "Memphis" won three of its seven other bids -- score (Joe DiPietro, David Bryan), book (DiPietro) and orchestrations (Daryl Waters, Bryan).