In addition to Best Musical and Best Actor (Steve Kazee), Once won in the categories of Best Orchestrations (Martin Lowe), Best Scenic Design of a Musical (Bob Crowley), Best Direction of a Musical (John Tiffany), Best Book of a Musical (Enda Walsh), Sound Design of a Musical (Clive Goodwin) and Lighting Design of a Musical (Natasha Katz). The show, in which all the scenes play out on the unit set of an Irish pub, is based on the indie film hit of the same name; the score borrows from the soundtrack and interpolates later numbers written by the movie's actor-musicians Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova (who were at the Beacon). The Once songwriters were not eligible for the Best Score Tony; more than half of a show's score must be new in order to be considered for the Tonys.
The 66th annual awards that celebrate excellence in the Broadway theatre were held at the Beacon Theatre (technically not a Broadway house) on the Upper West Side.
Revivals of Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman and Porgy and Bess by George and Ira Gershwin and DuBose and Dorothy Heyward, also won Tonys as Revival of a Play and Revival of a Musical, respectively.