After having spent two consecutive years at the Upper West Side Beacon Theater, The Tony Awards returned to Radio City Music Hall for their 67th show.
"I'm ecstatic that the show is back at Radio City," "Motown The Musical's" Charl Brown said. "An evening that is this big deserves a really big stage and an even bigger audience."
Moving the kudofest back to its 6,000-seat midtown home was comforting to "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf's" Tracy Letts.
"Five years ago I was here with 'August: Osage County,' so as far as I'm concerned it's always been at Radio City," the actor-playwright said.
If Letts garners the kudo tonight, he will be the first Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright to also win a Tony for acting. But the Chicago native refused to make any predictions.
"The business of trying to figure out who is going to win doesn't pay," Letts said. "I'm just proud to be a part of this group."
"The Other Place's" Laurie Metcalf on the other hand had no problem predicting the winner of the lead actress category.
"It's Cicely Tyson's night!" Metcalf laughed.
While she did not prepare an acceptance speech, thesp was still nervous.
"It's fun, but it's also really stressful to be here," Metcalf said. "There is no role to hide behind on this carpet!"
"I have so many amazing (Cyndi Lauper) stories that are not for this room," said Stephen Oremus after his win for orchestration for "Kinky Boots."
"(What I can tell you) is that Cyndi is all about the feel and rhythm of the music and how it hits you. She was always talking about how the rhythm needs to propel the song and the story."
As for rumors that the working relationship between Lauper and "Kinky Boots" book writer Harvey Fierstein was extremely stressful, Oremus laughed.
"When is making a musical not a stressful time?"
Up next for Oremus: "I'm working with Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez on Disney's "Frozen." The animated feature is to be released in November.
(Pictured above: Judith Light, nominated for actress in a featured role in a play: "The Assembled Parties.")