" Moulin Rouge! The Musical , "a jukebox adaptation of Baz Luhrmann's hyperactive film in 2001, won Best New Musical Crown at the Tony Awards on a Sunday nightwhen Broadway looked back to honor shows closed by COVID-19, mourn its downfall and look forward to welcoming audiences again.
The show on the animation of a Parisian nightclub from the turn of the century, revisited with tunes like "Single Ladies " and "Firework " alongside the big hit "Lady Marmalade ", won 10 Tonys. The record is 12, won by "The Producers
Producer Carmen Pavlovic struck a philosophical note in her acceptance speech, sharing the award with all the shows that struggled during of the last 18 months of cessation.
"It seems a little strange to me to refer to a show as the best musical. I think every show last season deserves to be considered the best musical "she said. "The shows that have opened, the shows that have closed so as not to return, thehe shows that have almost opened. And of course, the shows that have stopped and are lucky enough to be reborn - the best musical is all of these shows. "
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"The Inheritance " by Matthew Lopez was named Best New Play and won three other awards, and "A Soldier 's Play " by Charles Fuller won the best play and an actor award.
Lopez's epic two-part and seven-hour "Howards End " uses as a starting point for a play that delves into gay life at the turn of the 21st century. It also earned victories for Andrew Burnap as Best Actor in a Play, Stephen Daldry as Best Director and Lois Smith as Best Performance by an Actressin a starring role in a play.
Thomas Kirdahy, a producer, dedicated the award to her late husband, playwright Terrence McNally. Lopez, the first Latino writer to win in the category, urged the Latin community to produce more plays. "We have so many stories within us that can't wait to come out. Let us tell you our stories " he said.
" Moulin Rouge! The Musical "won 10 Tony Awards. (Matthew Murphy / Boneau / Bryan-Brown via AP)
The broadcast delayed by the pandemic began with an energetic performance by "You Can 't Stop the Beat "from the original Broadway cast of " Hairspray! "Ali Stroker performed " What I Did for Love "from " A Chorus Line. "Jennifer Hollidaya I also took the stage to deliver an unforgettable rendition of "And I Tell You I'm Not Going " from the musical "Dreamgirls.
The singers performed for an admiring audience in a crowded Winter Garden theater. Host Audra McDonald received a standing ovation as she took the stage. "You can't stop the beat. The heart of New York! " She said.
"Moulin Rouge! The Musical " won for set design, costumes , lighting, sound design, orchestrations and an acting Tony for Broadway favorite Danny Burstein. Sonya Tayeh won the award for choreography for her Broadway debut and Alex Timbers won the trophy for Best Directing in a Musical.
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Surprisingly, Aaron Tveit won the award for best lead actor in a musical for "Moulin Rouge! The Musical ". This is because he was the only nominee in the category. He thanked a long list of people including his parents, brother, agents, manager, cast and crew. “We are so privileged to be able to do this,” he said, crying. "Because what we do changes people's lives.
Burstein, who won for star actor in a musical and hadn't won six times before, has thanked the Broadway community for supporting him after his wife passed away last year, Rebecca Luker. " You were there for us, whether you just sent a note or sent your love, sent your prayers - sent bagels - thismeant the world to us, and it's something I'll never forget. "
This image posted by Vivacity Media Group shows Elizabeth Stanley in a scene from the musical "Jagged Little Pill.
David Alan Grier won the All-Star Actor in a Play award for his role in "A Soldier 's Play, " which dissects entrenched black-white racism as well as internal pisions in the black military community for world war ii "To my other nominees: hard bananas i won," he said.on stage, director kenny leon recited the names breonna taylor and george floyd, killed by police. "we do notWe will never forget. "
Adrienne Warren won the Tony for Best Leading Actress in a Musical for her electric turn as Tina Turner in " Tina - The Tina Turner Musical. "Warren was considered the favorite by becoming a fireball of energy and euphoria. She dedicated the victory to three family members whom she lost while playing Turner - and thanked Turner herself .
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Mary-Louise Parker won her second Tony Award for Best Leading Actress, winning for playing a Yale professor who cherishes great literature but has no room in her life to share that love with in "The Sound Inside. " She thanked her dog, whom she was walking in the rain when it fell onMandy Greenfield of the Williamstown Theater Festival, who told him about the play.
Burnap made his Broadway debut in "The Legacy. " He thanked his mother and the University of Rhode Island and joked that he felt grateful because "I was able to act for seven hours.
The sobering musical "Jagged Little Pill, "which takes Alanis Morissette 's groundbreaking album back in 1995 to tell a story of an American family gone out of control, came into the night with 15 Tony nominations. It came away with victories for best book, and Lauren Patten took home the award for best featured actress in a musical.
"A Christmas Carol " cleaned up with five tech awards: design stage play, costumes, lighting, sound design and score. But no one from production was on hand to accept the prizes.
"Slave Play, " Le travahe groundbreaking and tonic Jeremy O. Harris who mixes race, sex and taboo desires and class, won a dozen nominations, making it the most nominated play in Tony history. But he didn't win anything.
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The Sunday show went from Typical three to four, McDonald's handing out Tonys for the first two hours and Leslie Odom Jr. hosts a "Broadway 's Back! " celebration for the second half with performances from the top three musicals.
The live-action special also included David Byrne and the cast of "American Utopia " performing "Burning Down the House " in front of a standing and cheering crowd. Byrne told them they might not remember how to dance after such a long timeps, but were invited to try.
John Legend and the cast of "Ain 't Too Proud " performed "My Girl " and "Ain ' t Too Proud to Beg "and Josh Groban and Odom Jr. sang " Beautiful City "from " Godspell ", dedicating it to educators. And Ben Platt and Anika Noni Rose sang "Move On " from "Sunday in the Park with George ". Idina Menzel and Kristin Chenoweth reunited for the song "Wicked " "For Good.
Members of the royalty of Broadway - Norm Lewis, Kelli O 'Hara and Brian Stokes Mitchell - mourned the dead list, which included icons like McNally, Harold Prince and Larry Kramer.
This season's nominations have been from just 18 qualifying plays and musicals from the 2019-20 season, a fraction of the 34 shows from the previous season. During most ofIn years, there are 26 competitive categories. This year, there are 25 with several sold out.
The last Tony Awards were held in 2019. The virus forced Broadway theaters to abruptly close on March 12, 2020, eliminating all shows and scrambling the spring season. Several have rebooted, including the so-called big three of "Wicked " "Hamilton " and "The Lion King.