The 67th Annual Tony Awards were held June 9, 2013, to recognize achievement in Broadway productions during the 2012–13 season. The ceremony returned to Radio City Music Hall in New York City, after two years at Beacon Theatre, and was broadcast live on CBS television. Neil Patrick Harris hosted for the third consecutive year, his fourth time as host. Awards in four of the eight acting categories, (Best Actress in a Play, Best Actor in a Musical, Best Actress in a Musical, Best Featured Actor in a Play) were given to African-American performers. Furthermore, it is the second time in Tony history that both directing prizes went to women. Garry Hynes and Julie Taymor had previously won in 1998. Kinky Boots had a season best 13 nominations and 6 awards. Cyndi Lauper, who wrote the score for Kinky Boots, is the first solo female winner for Best Original Score.
Shows that opened on Broadway during the 2012–13 season before April 25, 2013 were eligible for consideration.
The ceremony featured performances from Tony-nominated musicals in this season:Annie – It's the Hard Knock Life and Little Girls
Bring It On: The Musical – It's All Happening
A Christmas Story, The Musical – You'll Shoot Your Eye Out
Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella – In My Own Little Corner, Impossible, and Ten Minutes Ago
Kinky Boots – Everybody Say Yeah
Matilda The Musical – medley; Naughty, Revolting Children and When I Grow Up
Motown The Musical – medley
Pippin – medley; Corner of the Sky and Magic to Do
The casts of musicals currently running on Broadway introduced the musical nominees, including Chicago; Jersey Boys; Newsies; Once; Mamma Mia!; Rock of Ages; Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark; The Lion King'. The casts of Once, The Phantom of the Opera, and The Rascals performed.
The Emmy-winning opening number, written by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Tom Kitt, starred Neil Patrick Harris and "featured neophyte cheerleaders, contortionists, chirpy newsies, a scene-hogging Mike Tyson and, in a Broadway season notable for the number of children in its shows, enough pint-size performers to fill, as Harris aptly quipped, a Chuck-E-Cheese." During the ceremony, three Broadway performers, Andrew Rannells, Megan Hilty and Laura Benanti, whose television shows have been cancelled, sang a comic "failed TV career" medley with Harris. The lyrics were written by Michael John LaChiusa and based on several familiar Broadway melodies, including "America", "What I Did For Love", and "The Ladies Who Lunch".
During the "In Memoriam" tribute, Cyndi Lauper performed her 1986 hit True Colors.
The closing number featured Harris and Audra McDonald singing special lyrics to Empire State of Mind, mentioning the winners.
The nominees were announced on April 30, 2013. Source for winners: Playbill13: Kinky Boots
12: Matilda the Musical
9: Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella
8: Golden Boy
6: Lucky Guy, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike
5: The Mystery of Edwin Drood, The Nance, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
4: Motown: The Musical, The Trip to Bountiful
3: The Assembled Parties, A Christmas Story, The Musical, Hands on a Hardbody, The Testament of Mary
2: Bring It On: The Musical, The Heiress, Orphans
6: Kinky Boots
4: Matilda the Musical, Pippin
3: The Nance, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
2: Lucky Guy
Note: The four child actresses who created the title role in Matilda were also recognized with a special Tony Honor for Excellence in the Theatre.
The Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre was awarded to Bernard Gersten, executive producer of Lincoln Center Theater, scenic designer Ming Cho Lee, and Paul Libin, executive vice president of Jujamcyn Theaters.
The Tony Honors for Excellence in Theatre was awarded to New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Career Transition For Dancers, William "Bill" Craver, Peter Lawrence (Production Stage Manager) and The Lost Colony (Roanoke Island, Manteo, North Carolina). The Tony Honors for Excellence in Theatre was given jointly to Sophia Gennusa, Oona Laurence, Bailey Ryon and Milly Shapiro, who share the lead role in Matilda, The Musical. They are not eligible in the Best Performance by an Actress in a Musical category. The Tony Awards Administration Committee stated that they "recognize their outstanding performances this season." The awards were presented at the Tony Eve Cocktail Party, a private cocktail reception, held on June 8, 2013, one day prior to the main ceremony.
Larry Kramer received the Isabelle Stevenson Award. He was "recognized for his work as the co-founder of Gay Men's Health Crisis".
The Huntington Theater Company in Boston, Massachusetts received the Regional Theatre Tony Award.
During the tribute Cyndi Lauper sang the song True Colors.
The ceremony's original live broadcast on CBS was watched by 7.3 million viewers and received a 1.2/4 rating/share in the 18-49 demographic. The 2013 viewers increased over the 2012 Tony Awards broadcast, which had approximately 6.01 million viewers.