The Tony Awards are back! Six time tony award winner Audra McDonald hosted the incredibly particular evening, to a masked, however energetic audience, streamed completely on Paramount+.
“It was a day I feared would never ever come. it acquired darkish there for a whilst, and it can be nevertheless dark but we are coming out into the mild all over again,” reported McDonald on the red carpet.
“Moulin Rouge: The Musical” was the huge winner of the night amassing 10 Tonys like the most important award, Greatest Musical. Danny Burstein gained the Tony for Ideal Actor in a Highlighted Role in a Musical, for his electric effectiveness as the Moulin Rouge emcee, Harold Zeigler. Not only was this his very first earn after eighteen Broadway exhibits and seven nominations, but the win coming at a extremely poignant time for Burstein.
“My spouse handed away in December of ALS and you all confirmed up for us,” Burstein shared as part of his acceptance speech.
Aaron Tveit gained Most effective Actor for his part in “Moulin Rouge: The Musical.”
The eligibility window for nominees was shortened due to the pandemic induced Broadway shutdown very last year. As a end result Tveit was the only nominee in his category. Garnering at least sixty p.c of the votes in buy to acquire residence the award.
Adrienne Warren took household the award for Best Actress in a Musical for her exhibit halting portrayal of Tina Turner in “Tina: The Tina Turner Musical”.
“It is the ending of a really lengthy epic journey for me and it is really a emphasize of my everyday living and my career that I will hardly ever neglect, no issue what comes about tonight. And it truly is also an extraordinary minute in theater historical past. We have all been by what we have been by means of and we’re below,” explained Warren on the crimson carpet.
Lauren Patten of “Jagged Tiny Tablet,” gave a phone to action throughout her acceptance speech for her Very best Actress in a showcased purpose in a musical award.
“I want to thank my Trans and Non-Binary colleagues who have engaged with me in tough conversations and have joined me in dialogue about my character Jo. I imagine that the upcoming of the adjust that we need to see on Broadway comes from these discussions,” Patten explained as section of her acceptance speech.
“A Soldier’s Participate in” won Greatest Revival of a Play. Director Kenny Leon accepting on behalf of the playwright Charles Fuller.
“To Shakespeare, know this, to Ibsen, to Chekhov to Shaw, they are all at the table. But the desk bought to be even larger,” mentioned Leon as part of his acceptance speech.
“Slave Enjoy,” which built historical past for the most at any time nominations for a participate in, went house empty handed. “The Inheritance” nabbing the award for Most effective Enjoy.
“This is the 74th Tony Awards, and still I am only the very first Latinx author to earn in this group. I say that not to elicit your applause but to spotlight the actuality that the Latinx neighborhood is underrepresented in American theater,” Lopez stated as portion of his acceptance speech.
The night time noticed a range of special performances like Jennifer Holliday, who introduced the audience to their ft with a rousing efficiency of “And I’m Telling You I’m Not Going” from “Aspiration Ladies”.
To mark the momentous celebration, some of Broadway’s favorite leading duos reunited on phase, such as Adam Pascal and Anthony Rapp from “Hire,” Audra McDonald and Brian Stokes Mitchell from “Ragtime” and Kristin Chenoweth and Idina Menzel from “Wicked”.
A range of distinctive Tony Awards ended up presented out recognizing the Broadway Advocacy Coalition, David Byrne’s “American Utopia,” and “Freestyle Like Supreme,” who closed out the night with a performance.