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LADIES' NIGHT AT THE TONYS--Art above all prevailed as the year's Best Play at 1998 Tony Awards. YASMINA REZA, the French creator of Art, was one of several ladies who caught the eye, and favor, of 52-year-old Tony.

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[[caption]]Top Tony acting honors went to (fr. l.) Marie Mullen, Alan Cumming, Natasha Richardson and Anthony LaPaglia.[[/caption]]

"You're history on Broadway" was the double-edged compliment GARRY HYNES got from a perverse pal right after becoming the first woman to win a Tony for directing a Broadway play (The Beauty Queen of Leenane).

Her distinction was seconded seconds later when JULIE TAYMOR became the first woman to win a Tony for directing a Broadway musical (The Lion King). Four people Taymor hired--including herself for costumes--also won, plus her vision of the show emerged winner for Best Musical.

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[[caption]]Lion King's Julie Taymor declared the night "spectacular" and won the Tonys to prove it.[[/caption]]

PETER SCHNEIDER and THOMAS SCHUMACHER, who produced that vision for Disney, confessed to the press their surprise at winning, chiding them with, "We believed what you guys wrote, so we just kicked back and forgot about it." 

Ragtime, the predicted Best Musical, did produce another woman of distinction: AUDRA MCDONALD became the first person to win three Tonys for Best Featured Actress. HINTON BATTLE, who has the Featured Actor title with three Tonys, had wished her luck two days earlier. "Must have been a good omen," she figured.

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[[caption]]Angela Lansbury (r.) congratulates Beauty Queen of Leenane Tony winner Anna Manahan.[[/caption]]

King, with six, and Queen, with four, led their respective musical and dramatic fields.

When Newsday's PATRICK PACHECO asked Queen's ANNA MANAHAN why she thanked her doctor in her acceptance speech for Best Featured Actress in a Play, she revealed for the first time that she'd had a secret medical agenda for coming to Broadway and that her condition had been treated and cured. "So, you see," she said, "I feel I got two Tonys."

The best Tony show didn't make the airwaves or the press room: ROSIE O'DONNELL's raucous riffs on THE WEISSLERS (her old Grease! bosses) between commercials, tweaking them for sending dim-watted stars on the road in improbable vehicles (like Depends spokesperson JUNE ALLYSON in The Wiz).


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