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Tony Award stars don't do drama in their dress

Samantha Critchell, AP Fashion Writer

Scarlett Johansson arrives on the red carpet at the 67th Annual Tony Awards, on Sunday, June 9, 2013 in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)

NEW YORK (AP) -- When it comes to fashion, Broadway actors seem to save the drama for the stage. The black-tie tuxedos and gowns on the red carpet at the Tony Awards were mostly classic styles.

Scarlett Johansson, who has hit other awards shows with a bombshell look, wore a menswear-style tuxedo jacket and a Saint Laurent black cocktail dress that had just a hint of leopard-print mesh at the neckline. Sienna Miller, usually a risk-taker, went with a Burberry-designer, pink-peony simple strapless dress — with a hemline longer than tea-length and shorter than a ballgown. Anna Kendrick's custom navy and black strapless dress by Donna Karan Atelier with circular swaths of fabric and a small, sheer cutout on the bodice was red-carpet worthy, but seemed perhaps a little too mature.

Patina Miller's floral printed gown by Zac Posen hit the mark, however. The Tony winner for best leading actress in a musical wore a straight-from-the-runway look from the spring collection that was light and delicate while occasion-appropriate.

Her co-star Andrea Martin gave a shoutout to the designer of her black, one-shoulder tulle gown with a flower applique — and hinted at the troubles of finding designers willing to dress a 66-year-old actress. "Carmen Marc Valvo gave me this dress, nobody else would," she said in accepting her Tony for featured actress in a musical.

Best leading actress in a play Cicely Tyson wore the out-of-the-box gown that everyone will remember: a violet gown with sharp-point ruffles — covering her almost head to toe.

Looking like a leading man was Zachary Quinto, who wore a slim peak-lapel tuxedo, black silk-satin bow tie and black patent leather derbies, all by Dior Homme, and host Neil Patrick Harris in his opening act charcoal-gray, two-button, peak-lapel tuxedo by Calvin Klein Collection. Tom Hanks wore Tom Ford (so did his wife, Rita Wilson), and Matthew Morrison wore a "Great Gatsby"-inspired tuxedo from Brooks Brothers.

Debra Messing did a ballerina dress in black, and Cyndi Lauper was in black, too, but her lace pantsuit was hardly basic. Audra MacDonald had a contrast black-and-white, racing-stripe strapless gown.

Jewel tones were also popular, with Sigourney Weaver in a cobalt, one-shoulder Michael Kors; Sally Field in an forest green gown with a bit of beading on its tank straps; and Angela Bassett in an amethyst gown by Theia designer Don O'Neill. Actress Jane Krakowski wore an all-over, micro-sequined gown by Escada.