NEW YORK — The feel-good musical “Kinky Boots,” with songs by pop star and Broadway newcomer Cyndi Lauper, won six 2013 Tony Awards on Sun-day, including best musical, best score and best leading man.

Christopher Durang’s comical “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” won the best play Tony. “Matilda the Musical” won four awards and three other shows – “Pippin,” “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” and “The Nance” – shared three awards each.

Lauper, who wrote the hit “Girls Just Want to Have Fun,” was part of an impressive group of women who took top honors. Diane Paulus and Pam MacKinnon both won for directing – a rare time women have won directing Tonys for both a musical and a play in the same year. (It also happened most recently at the 1998 Tonys.)  

Portland-born Andrea Martin won for best performance by an actress in a featured role in a musical for her performance in “Pippin.”

She was introduced by another Portlander, actress Anna Kendrick.   

Martin, 66, plays Pippin’s grandmother and sings the music hall favorite “No Time at All.” She stuns audiences nightly by doing jaw-dropping stunts that would make someone a fraction of her age blanch.

Earlier, Tony Shalhoub, who studied acting at the University of Southern Maine, missed out on the prize he was nominated for, losing to Courtney B. Vance for best performance by a featured actor in a play. Shalhoub was nominated for his role in the revival of Clifford Odets’ “Golden Boy.” Vance won for his portrayal of a newspaper editor opposite Tom Hanks in “Lucky Guy.”

“Kinky Boots” also won for choreography and two technical awards, and Billy Porter won for leading man in a musical.

Porter beat “Kinky Boots” co-star Stark Sands and told him from the stage: “You are my rock, my sword, my shield. Your grace gives me presence. I share this award with you. I’m gonna keep it at my house! But I share it with you.”

Durang, whose other works include the play “Beyond Therapy,” was a Tony nominee for “A History of the American Film” and his “Miss Witherspoon” was a Pulitzer Prize nominee in 2006.    Paulus won her first Tony for directing the high-energy revival of “Pippin,” which also earned the best revival honor and helped Patina Miller earn a best leading actress trophy.

MacKinnon won for directing the play “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?,” a year after earning her first nomination for helming “Clybourne Park.” Her revival of Edward Albee’s story of marital strife won the best play revival and earned Tracy Letts his first acting Tony, an upset beating of Tom Hanks.

“The greatest job on Earth. We are the ones who say it to their faces, and we have a unique responsibility,” Letts said.

The Tonys were broadcast live by CBS from Radio City Music Hall. Neil Patrick Harris was back for his fourth turn as emcee and led a show featuring talented children and pulse-pounding musical numbers.

Judith Light won her second featured actress in a play Tony in two years, cementing the former TV star of “One Life to Live” and “Who’s the Boss?” as a Broadway star.

She followed up her win last year as a wise-cracking alcoholic aunt in “Other Desert Cities” with the role of a wry mother in “The Assembled Parties,” in which she goes from about 53 to 73 over the play’s two acts.

“I want to thank every woman that I am in this category nominated with: you have made this a celebration, not a competition,” she said.

Gabriel Ebert of “Matilda the Musical” won as best featured actor in a musical. He thanked his four Matildas and his parents, stooping down to speak into the microphone.

Cicely Tyson, 88, won the best leading actress in a play honors for the revival of “The Trip to Bountiful,” the show’s only award on the night. It was the actress’ first time back on Broadway in three decades.

Lauper and Harvey Fierstein have given “Kinky Boots” – originally a 2005 film about a failing shoe factory that turns to making drag queen boots – a fun score and a touching book that celebrates diversity.

“I want to thank Harvey Fierstein for calling me up. I’m so glad I was done with the dishes and answered the phone,” Lauper said.

The import “Matilda the Musical” is a witty, dark musical adaptation of the novel by Roald Dahl that is still running in Lon-don. Its leading woman is actually a man – Bertie Carver, who plays the evil headmistress Miss Trunchbull.

Some of the telecast highlights included the stunning kids on Broadway – the orphans in “Annie,” the actor Raymond Luke Jr. as a pre-teen Michael Jackson in “Motown the Musical,” and the dancing tots in “A Christmas Story, the Musical” – especially the young tap dancer wizard Luke Spring – plus the four young women in “Matilda.”

Harris got his face licked by the dog playing Sandy in “Annie,” made fun of Tyson and Shia LaBeouf, who left a revival of “Orphans” before the show opened and then tweeted about it, and joined with “Smash” star Megan Hilty, “Go On” star Laura Benanti and former “The Book of Mormon” star Andrew Rannells to skewer theater stars who seek fame on TV with a twisted version of “What I Did For Love” from “A Chorus Line.”

The Tony winners were picked by 868 Tony voters, including members of The Broadway League, American Theatre Wing, Actors’ Equity, the Dramatists Guild, Stage Directors and Choreographers Society as well as critics.