The singer's musical Kinky Boots (which scored a whopping 13 nominations), took home seven awards tonight during the 2013 Tony Awards, including Best Original Score, Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role and—the biggy—Best Musical.
"OK, I can't say I wasn't practicing in front of the shower curtain for a couple of days for this speech," an emotional Lauper admitted during her acceptance speech for Best Original Score. "I gotta thank my mom for sharing all that wonderful music. I wrecked all her Broadway musicals when I was a kid, the cast albums. That's how I learned how to sing."
It was also a good night for Diane Paulus and Pam MacKinnon, who both broke the mold for women in the industry by each winning directing Tonys. Paulus won her first Tony for directing the revival of the musical Pippin, while MacKinnon won for directing the play Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
The show's opening number, led by host Neil Patrick Harris (with an appearance by Mike Tyson!), spoofed overly massive Broadway productions à la Les Misérables. (Watch the video above.)
Here's the full list of winners from the 2013 Tony Awards:
Best Play: Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike Best Musical: Kinky Boots Best Book of a Musical: Matilda the Musical Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) written for the Theatre: Kinky Boots Best Revival of a Play: Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Best Revival of a Musical: Pippin Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play: Tracy Letts (Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?) Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play: Cicely Tyson (The Trip to Bountiful) Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical: Billy Porter (Kinky Boots) Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical: Patina Miller (Pippin) Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play: Courtney B. Vance (Lucky Guy) Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play: Judith Light (The Assembled Parties) Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical: Gabriel Ebert (Matilda the Musical) Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical: Andrea Martin (Pippin) Best Direction of a Musical: Diane Paulus (Pippin) Best Choreography: Jerry Mitchell (Kinky Boots) Best Orchestrations: Stephen Oremus (Kinky Boots) Best Scenic Design of a Play: John Lee Beatty (The Nance) Best Scenic Design of a Musical: Rob Howell (Matilda the Musical) Best Costume Design of a Play: Ann Roth (The Nance) Best Costume Design of a Musical: William Ivey Long (Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella) Best Lighting Design of a Play: Jules Fisher & Peggy Eisenhauer (Lucky Guy) Best Lighting Design of a Musical: Kenneth Posner (Kinky Boots) Best Sound Design of a Play: Leon Rothenberg (The Nance) Best Sound Design of a Musical: John Shivers (Kinky Boots) Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre: Bernard Gersten, Paul Libin, Ming Cho Lee Regional Theatre Award: Huntington Theatre Company Isabelle Stevenson Award: Larry Kramer Tony Honors for Excellence in the Theatre: Career Transition for Dancers, William Craver, Peter Lawrence, The Lost Colony; the four actresses who created the title role of Matilda the Musical on Broadway: Sophia Gennusa, Oona Laurence, Bailey Ryon and Milly Shapiro