Trek Stars Among Luminaries At Tony Awards

By Michelle
June 7, 2004 - 4:14 PM

Captain Picard handed out a Tony Award last night for a play that had already won a Pulitzer Prize, but his onetime love interest Anij failed to win in her category, as did a competing Klingon and Bajoran, General Chang and Minister Jaro, as Broadway honoured its top productions of the past season.

Patrick Stewart (Star Trek: The Next Generation's Picard), appearing at the 58th Annual Tony Awards despite his own failure to be nominated in the Best Leading Actor in a Play category for his performance in The Caretaker, presented an award to I Am My Own Wife, a play about a German transvestite that earned top honors for its star as well as playwright Doug Wright.

Wright joked that his entire cast had won, as star Jefferson Mays, who played all 40 roles in I Am My Own Wife, defeated veterans Christopher Plummer (Star Trek: The Undicovered Country's Chang), Frank Langella (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine's Jaro), Kevin Kline and Simon Russell Beale.

Donna Murphy (Star Trek: Insurrection's Anij), who recently won Best Female Dancer at the Astaire Awards for her star turn in Wonderful Town, lost the Tony for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical to Idina Menzel of Wicked.

But the night belonged to Stewart's X-Men co-star Hugh Jackman. The Wolverine and Van Helsing actor hosted the awards ceremony at Radio City Music Hall and won the Tony for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical for The Boy From Oz.

Full coverage of the Tony Awards is available at the official site and The Associated Press (via Yahoo!).

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