"Death of a Salesman" won four Tonys tonight, including the hotly contested prize for best revival, while "Side Man" was named best play and "Fosse" best musical during an evening that saw no one production dominate the awards.
"Salesman" also picked up acting nods for Brian Dennehy and Elizabeth Franz, its true-believing Willy and loyal Linda Loman, and the direction prize for Robert Falls.
"I feel like Cathy Rigby," said Dennehy, referring to the high-flying actress who plays Peter Pan in the current Broadway revival. He also paid tribute to "Salesman" author Arthur Miller, who received a lifetime achievement award during the ceremony.
The audience stood to cheer the 83-year-old Miller when he came out onstage. "Just being around to receive it is a pleasure," the playwright joked.
In his acceptance speech, Miller expressed the hope that Broadway would provide the changes "so that a new generation of fiercely ambitious playwrights will . . . once again find welcome for their big world-challenging plays, somewhere west of London, somewhere east of the Hudson River."
Warren Leight's "Side Man"--the story of a dysfunctional family set against a backdrop of jazz musicians--was the only new American drama nominated for best play. Tennessee Williams's 1938 play "Not About Nightingales" also was up for an award.
Judi Dench, who already won an Oscar this year, picked up a Tony for her role as an elegant, embattled actress in David Hare's drama "Amy's View."
"The winning bit is not the best, the nominating bit is the best . . . there is no such thing as doing a performance on your own, unless you are doing a one-woman show," said Dench, who adds this trophy to the Academy Award she received for her portrayal of Queen Elizabeth in "Shakespeare in Love."
Matthew Bourne took two Tonys, for best direction and best choreography of a musical for his work on "Swan Lake," a modern-dress retelling of the famous ballet with an all-male corps of swans.
"I'm absolutely astonished . . . best director of a musical that's not even a musical," Bourne said.
Lez Brotherston's costume design for "Swan Lake," featuring feathered capri pants, also won a Tony. The other design awards were split between two shows--Richard Hoover and "Not About Nightingales" for sets and Andrew Bridge and "Fosse" for lighting.
Robert Falls won the award for best director of a play for "Death of a Salesman." Elizabeth Franz's portrayal of the loyal Linda Loman won the featured-actress award. "Some day we will give ensemble awards," Franz said in thanking the cast, crew and producers of "Salesman."
"Parade," a short-lived musical love story set against the backdrop of a murder and lynching in pre-World War I Georgia, picked up awards for best score (music and lyrics by Jason Robert Brown) and book, by Alfred Uhry.
"Please be seated," joked Martin Short, who won the top musical-actor prize for playing seven roles in the revival of "Little Me."
"There are so many, many people that I really must thank and should but the reality is I did it all myself," he quipped--and then added, "that's not true."
As expected, Kristin Chenoweth, a sassy, unrepentant Sally Brown in "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown," was chosen best featured actress in a musical.
"I've never changed my clothes so fast in my life," said Chenoweth, accepting the prize right after doing a production number from the show.
Roger Bart, who plays Snoopy, won the featured actor-musical prize.
Both box office and attendance figures rose during the 1998-99 Broadway season although not as much as in previous years. Total grosses topped $588.1 million, while more than 11.6 million people saw a Broadway show.
Production climbed, too, with 39 new shows, compared to 33 the previous year.
The 1999 Tony Award winners:
Play: "Side Man."
Revival of a play: "Death of a Salesman."
Revival of a musical: "Annie Get Your Gun."
Book of a musical: Alfred Uhry, "Parade."
Original score: Jason Robert Brown, "Parade."
Actor in a play: Brian Dennehy, "Death of a Salesman."
Actress in a play: Judi Dench, "Amy's View."
Featured actor in a play: Frank Wood, "Side Man."
Featured actress in a play: Elizabeth Franz, "Death of a Salesman."
Actor in a musical: Martin Short, "Little Me."
Actress in a musical: Bernadette Peters, "Annie Get Your Gun."
Featured actor in a musical: Roger Bart, "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown."
Featured actress in a musical: Kristin Chenoweth, "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown."
Director of a play: Robert Falls, "Death of a Salesman."
Director of a musical: Matthew Bourne, "Swan Lake."
Scenic design: Richard Hoover, "Not About Nightingales."
Costume design: Lez Brotherston, "Swan Lake."
Lighting design: Andrew Bridge, "Fosse."
Choreography: Matthew Bourne, "Swan Lake."
Orchestrations: Ralph Burns and Douglas Besterman, "Fosse."
Special awards: Uta Hagen, Arthur Miller, Isabelle Stevenson and the production of "Fool Moon."
Regional theater: Crossroads Theater Company, New Brunswick, N.J.
CAPTION: Oscar winner Judi Dench won a Tony for her featured role in David Hare's "Amy's View."