Bryan Cranston wins first Tony Award

New York: Actor Bryan Cranston won his first Tony Award for his debut Broadway role in Robert Schenkkan`s `All The Way`.

The 58-year-old multiple Emmy award winner, best known for playing chemistry teacher-turned-drug lord Walter White in `Breaking Bad`, scored his first ever theatre prize as `All The Way` was also crowned best play, reportedly.

He beat the likes of Chris O`Dowd in `Of Mice and Men` to the title. Audra McDonald made history by winning her sixth Tony for her performance as Billie Holiday in `Lady Day at Emerson`s Bar & Grill`, becoming the only woman to win a Tony in all four acting categories.

Another highlight from the ceremony was Neil Patrick Harris - who scooped the best actor in a musical gong - performing a song from `Hedwig and the Angry Inch`, dressed in a miniskirt and blonde wig.

He got into character by giving an audience member a lap dance and even confiscated Samuel L Jackson`s glasses and licked them. `Hedwig and the Angry Inch` was named best revival of a musical.

Meanwhile, British actress Sophie Okonedo was given the featured actress in a play prize for her Broadway debut as Denzel Washington`s wife in `A Raisin in the Sun`.

The ceremony was hosted by Hugh Jackman at Radio City Music and boasted performances by Tony nominated singer Idina Menzel, Gladys Knight and the cast of `Cabaret`.

The `Les Miserables` actor, who was hosting for the first time in nine years, joined the cast of the musical `After Midnight` for a rendition of `It Don`t Mean a Thing (If it Ain`t Got that Swing)`.

Other winners were Mark Rylance (best performance by an actor in a featured role in a play for `Twelfth Night`), Lena Hall (best performance by an actress in a featured role in a musical for `Hedwig and the Angry Inch`), Darko Tresnjak (best direction of a musical for `A Gentleman`s Guide to Love & Murder`), Kenny Leon (best direction of a play for `A Raisin in the Sun` and James Monroe Iglehart (best performance by an actor in a featured role in a musical for `Aladdin`)

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