The show, which focuses on two Dublin musicians, who fall in love, continued a streak that began with the Drama Desk Awards, winning best musical, best actor (Steve Kazee), direction, book, set, lighting, sound design and orchestration.
Audra McDonald won her fifth Tony for her role as Bess in The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess.
Top Tony Award Winners, 2012
Best Musical: Once
Best Actor:Steve Kazee, Once
Best Actress: Audra McDonald, The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess
Best Direction: John Tiffany, Once
Best Revival: The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess
Best Actor, Featured Role: Michael McGrath, Nice Work If You Can Get It
Best Actress, Featured Role: Judy Kaye, Nice Work If You Can Get It
Best Book: Enda Walsh, Once
Best Original Score: Newsies
Best Sound Design: Clive Goodwin, Once
Best Choreography: Christopher Gattelli, Newsies
Best Orchestration: Martin Lowe, Once
Best Costume Design: Gregg Barnes, Follies
Best Scenic Design: Bob Crowley, Once
Best Lighting Design: Natasha Katz, Once
Best Play: Clybourne Park
Best Revival: Death of a Salesman
Best Actor: James Corden, One Man, Two Guvnors
Best Actress: Nina Arianda, Venus in Fur
Best Actor, Featured Role: Christian Borle, Peter and the Starcatcher
Best Actress, Featured Role: Judith Light, Other Desert Cities
Best Direction: Mike Nichols, Death of a Salesman
Best Sound Design: Darron L. West, Peter and the Starcatcher
Best Costume Design: Paloma Young, Peter and the Starcatcher
Best Scenic Design: Donyale Werle, Peter and the Starcatcher
Best Lighting Design: Jeff Croiter, Peter and the Starcatcher
In a win that set the tone for the night, James Corden who played the comic manservant in the British play One Man, Two Guvnors won a best acting award over Hollywood A-listers Philip Seymour Hoffman, John Lithgow, Frank Langella and James Earl Jones.
Nina Arianda who played a mysterious sex siren in Venus in Fur also won for acting.” Christian Borle, a pirate in Peter and the Starcatcher won best supporting actor in a play.
Judith Light, who played an alcoholic aunt in Other Desert Cities and to Michael McGrath and Judy Kaye, who starred in Nice Work if You Can Get It rounded out acting honors.
Among the big disappointments on the night was Disney’s Newsies, about New York’s great newsboy strike in 1899. It started the night a heavy favorite with eight nominations and but only one two Tonys, for choreography and score.
In a sentimental moment, Mike Nicols, the Hollywood director with roots in the stage one a Tony for staging of Death of a Salesman. Nicols, who is 80, said he was “extremely touched” by the honor. The Arthur Miller work also won for best revival of a play.
Peter and the Starcatcher, was a big winner with five Tonys, but Clybourne Park snagged the best play award. In all, 11 musicals and plays won Tonys out of 37 possible awards.