Show Folk Face Off for the Most Competitive Tony Awards in Years
updated 06/22/1987 AT 01:00 AM EDT
•originally published 06/22/1987 AT 01:00 AM EDT
Still, it wasn't all tea and crumpets for the British—the Royal Shakespeare Company's acclaimed Les Liaisons Dangereuses, with seven nominations, failed to pick up a single Tony. Fences, August Wilson's drama about a black American family, took four awards, including one for Best Play, another for star James Earl Jones as Best Actor. To his credit, Jones didn't gloat. "You get hot for a minute when you win," says Jones, "but that heat cools off."
Like the show's moving tributes to actor Robert Preston, who died in March, and to director George Abbott, who will turn 100 on June 25, that's something on which Brits and Yanks could agree. At a dinner bash, winners and losers of both nations were confronted with a sobering equalizer. Despite the presence of theater legends Mary Martin, Hume Cronyn, Jessica Tandy and the show's host, Angela Lansbury, autograph seekers made more fuss over TV sex symbol Corbin Bernsen. And the L.A. Lawstar has never set foot on Broadway.