NEW YORK, NY. (KMOX) – In the most contested category of the evening, St. Louisan Norbert Leo Butz won the coveted Tony Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical for his role of FBI agent Carl Hanratty in the new show, “Catch Me If You Can,” which is based on the film of the same title from 2002 starring Leonardo Dicaprio.
“This award doesn’t mean I’m the best of anything,” Butz said when he accepted the award, “but it might mean I’m the most grateful man in the room tonight.”
Many of the Butz family were in attendance. Butz said he based he based his character on his father, who is owner of Crawford-Butz Insurance Agency in St. Louis. He also made reference to his late sister Teresa, who died at the age of 39 in 2009 in a violent incident in Seattle, Washington, while “Catch Me If You Can” was in previews.
“I love you, Teresa,” Butz said while on-stage, “we think about you every night.”
“The Book of Mormon” was the big winner of the evening, getting 9 Tony Awards, including Best Musical.
For a listing of all the Tony winners, click on the link below. The telecast from Beacon Theater in New York is being heralded as one of the best Tony shows in several years. It was hosted by Neil Patrick Harris.
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