June 11th, 2012
02:10 AM ET

'Once,' 'Porgy and Bess,' 'Death of a Salesman' big winners at Tony awards

High-profile Hollywood actors and Broadway veterans alike on stage and in the crowd celebrated theater, and the best performances of the year, at the 66th annual Tony Awards Sunday night.

For the third time, actor Neil Patrick Harris hosted the salute to Broadway's finest. Harris, who was a child when he emerged as the title character in the television series "Doogie Howser, M.D.," now stars on the long-running CBS sit-com "How I Met Your Mother."

The first award presented during the on-air version of the show went to Judith Light, a veteran of TV shows such as "Who's the Boss," "One Life to Live" and "Law and Order: Special Victims Unit." She won for best performance by an actress in a featured role in a play, just as she did last year for "Lombardi," thanks to her performance in "Other Desert Cities."

Mike Nichols - who has also won Emmy, Grammy and Oscar awards, the latter as best director for "The Graduate" - earned his record sixth Tony for best direction of a play for "Death of a Salesmen." (Harold Prince holds the distinction of having the most wins across all categories with 21, according to the Tony Awards' official website.)

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