Hairspray was the show of the year at the Tony Awards, held at Radio City Music Hall on June 8, but La Bohème won two out of three design categories. The Baz Luhrmann revival of Puccini's opera won for set designer Catherine Martin and lighting designer Nigel Levings. The third design winner was William Ivey Long for his costumes for Hairspray. As always, the Tony Awards choose not to recognize sound design.
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