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Tony Awards: John Benjamin Hickey wins for 'Normal Heart'

June 12, 2011 |  5:39 pm

Hickey Veteran stage actor John Benjamin Hickey won his first Tony for his featured performance in "The Normal Heart."

Hickey thanked the large ensemble cast of the Larry Kramer drama. "We love this play, we love doing this play," he said. The actor thanked co-directors Joel Grey and George C. Wolfe, as well as the producers.

He also gave a special thanks to some cast members of Showtime's "The Big C," including Laura Linney "for getting me to the stage door on time." Hickey plays Linney's formerly homeless brother on the television comedy.

The actor saved his final thanks for Kramer, whom he called "the great bad-ass of the American theater."

Hickey plays the role of Felix Turner in "The Normal Heart."

During a commercial break, "The Book of Mormon" won the award for sound design of a musical.

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-- David Ng

Photo (top): John Benjamin Hickey. Credit: Peter Foley / EPA

Photo credit (bottom): American Theatre Wing

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