NEW YORK — The bittersweet musical ‘‘Once’’ captured eight Tony Awards on Sunday, including best musical direction, best lead actor in a musical and the top musical prize itself.
The inventive play ‘‘Peter and the Starcatcher’’ was next with five awards. Audra McDonald was named best lead actress in a musical and her ‘‘The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess’’ was named best musical revival.
Nina Arianda, a rising star, won best leading actress in a play, beating stiff competition from Tracie Bennett, Stockard Channing, Linda Lavin and Cynthia Nixon.
In perhaps the biggest shock of the night, James Corden nabbed the lead acting Tony Award in a play for his clownish turn in the British import ‘‘One Man, Two Guvnors.’’
He beat out the favorite, Philip Seymour Hoffman in ‘‘Death of a Salesman.’’