Trek Alumni Take Home TonysBy Michelle
June 11, 2007 - 9:09 PM
Star Trek was well-represented last night at the 61st annual Tony Awards, which honour the best in Broadway theatre.
Deep Space Nine guest star Frank Langella (Minister Jaro) beat Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country star Christopher Plummer (General Chang) for best actor in a play, also competing against Boyd Gaines, Brían F. O.Byrne and Liev Schreiber. Both Trek actors played towering historical figures: Langella portrayed President Richard Nixon in Frost/Nixon, while Plummer played Inherit the Wind's Henry Drummond, based on Clarence Darrow. Plummer was also a presenter.
Donna Murphy (Anij) was nominated for best actress in a musical, an award she has won twice, for Passion and The King and I. She was beaten this year by Grey Gardens' Christine Ebersole in a category that also included Laura Bell Bundy, Audra McDonald and Debra Monk.
But best performance by a leading actor in a musical was won by someone with a Star Trek connection: David Hyde Pierce, who appeared in UPN's Star Trek 30th Anniversary special playing his Frasier character, Dr. Niles Crane, in a spoof of Star Trek: Voyager. He beat Michael Cerveris, Raúl Esparza, Jonathan Groff and Gavin Lee.
The best performance by a featured actress in a play category included Dana Ivey, who performed the voice of Dr. Constance Allenwood in the Captain Sulu audio adventure Transformations. She was beaten by Jennifer Ehle.
A full list of nominees and winners can be found at the Tony Awards web site.