‘Moulin Rouge! The Musical’ sashays home with 10 Tony Awards

NEW YORK – “Moulin Rouge! The Musical,” a jukebox adaptation of Baz Luhrmann’s hyperactive 2001 motion picture, received the greatest new musical crown at the Tony Awards on a Sunday night when Broadway appeared back again to honor demonstrates shuttered by COVID-19, mourn its fallen and also look forward to welcoming audiences once again.

The display about the goings-on in a convert-of-the-century Parisian nightclub, up to date with tunes like “Single Ladies” and “Firework” along with the massive strike “Lady Marmalade,” gained 10 Tonys. The record is 12, gained by “The Producers.”

Producer Carmen Pavlovic struck a philosophical be aware in her acceptance speech, sharing the award with all the exhibits that struggled in the previous 18-thirty day period shutdown.

“It feels a minimal odd to me to be chatting about one display as greatest musical. I experience that just about every show of last season justifies to be considered of as the greatest musical,” she reported. “The shows that opened, the reveals that shut not to return, the exhibits that nearly opened. And of system, the demonstrates that paused and are fortuitous enough to be reborn — very best musical is all of these reveals.”


“The Inheritance” by Matthew Lopez was named the greatest new perform and received three other awards, and Charles Fuller’s “A Soldier’s Play” gained very best play revival and an acting award.

Lopez’s two-part, 7-hour epic works by using “Howards End” as a commencing place for a engage in that appears at gay life in the early 21st century. It also yielded wins for Andrew Burnap as ideal actor in a participate in, Stephen Daldry as finest director, and Lois Smith as ideal overall performance by an actress in a highlighted role in a play.

Thomas Kirdahy, a producer, committed the award to his late husband, the playwright Terrence McNally. Lopez, the first Latin author to get in the classification, urged extra performs to be made from the Latin local community. “We have so several stories inside of us aching to come out. Permit us inform you our stories,” he explained.

The pandemic-delayed telecast kicked off with an energetic functionality of “You Can not Cease the Beat” from authentic Broadway cast users of “Hairspray!” Ali Stroker sang “What I Did for Love” from “A Refrain Line.” Jennifer Holliday also took the phase to deliver an unforgettable rendition of “And I’m Telling You I am Not Going” from the musical “Dreamgirls.”


The singers done for a masked and appreciative viewers at a packed Winter Backyard Theatre. Host Audra McDonald acquired a standing ovation when she took the stage. “You can not stop the defeat. The coronary heart of New York Town!” she said.

“Moulin Rouge! The Musical” won for scenic structure, costume, lighting, sound design and style, orchestrations and a showcased acting Tony for Broadway beloved Danny Burstein. Sonya Tayeh gained for choreography in her Broadway debut, and Alex Timbers won the trophy for best route of a musical.

In a surprise to no 1, Aaron Tveit gained the award for most effective leading actor in a musical for “Moulin Rouge! The Musical.” That’s for the reason that he was the only human being nominated in the class. He thanked a long listing of folks, which includes his dad and mom, brother, brokers, supervisor and the solid and crew. “We are so privileged to get to do this,” he explained, tearing up. “Because what we do variations peoples’ lives.”


Burstein, who won for featured actor in a musical and had not won 6 former moments, thanked the Broadway neighborhood for supporting him after the dying last year of his spouse, Rebecca Luker. “You have been there for us, whether or not you just despatched a be aware or sent your like, despatched your prayers — sent bagels — it meant the world to us, and it really is one thing I’ll in no way neglect.”

David Alan Grier received showcased actor in a perform for his purpose in “A Soldier’s Perform,” which dissects entrenched Black-white racism as properly as internal divisions in the Black armed service neighborhood during Planet War II. “To my other nominees: Tough bananas, I won,” he said. On phase, the director, Kenny Leon recited the names Breonna Taylor and George Floyd, killed by police. “We will never, ever overlook you.”

Adrienne Warren gained the Tony for greatest primary actress in a musical for her electrical transform as Tina Turner in “Tina — The Tina Turner Musical.” Warren was viewed as the entrance-runner many thanks to turning into a 1-lady fireball of electrical power and exhilaration. She dedicated the win to 3 relatives users she dropped whilst participating in Turner — and thanked Turner herself.


Mary-Louise Parker received her 2nd best direct actress Tony Award, winning for actively playing a Yale professor who treasures great literature but has made no space in her existence for someone to share that enjoy with in “The Sound Inside.” She thanked her pet dog, whom she was going for walks in the rain when she bumped into Mandy Greenfield from the Williamstown Theatre Festival, who advised her about the enjoy.

Burnap made his Broadway debut in “The Inheritance.” He thanked his mom, and the College of Rhode Island and joked that he felt grateful due to the fact “I received to act for 7 several hours.”

The sobering musical “Jagged Minimal Pill,” which plumbs Alanis Morissette’s 1995 breakthrough album to explain to a tale of an American family spiraling out of management, came into the night with a major 15 Tony nominations. It still left with wins for greatest guide, and Lauren Patten gained the award for best showcased actress in a musical.

“A Christmas Carol” cleaned up with 5 technological awards: scenic structure of a play, costumes, lighting, sound structure and rating. But no one from the production was on hand to take any of the awards.


“Slave Perform,” Jeremy O. Harris’ ground-breaking, bracing work that mixes race, sex, taboo desires and course, gained a dozen nominations, building it the most nominated enjoy in Tony background. But it won nothing.

Sunday’s demonstrate was expanded from its standard 3 several hours to 4, with McDonald handing out Tonys for the 1st two hours and Leslie Odom Jr. internet hosting a “Broadway’s Back again!” celebration for the second 50 % with performances from the three major musicals.

The live exclusive also incorporated David Byrne and the cast of “American Utopia” playing “Burning Down the House” to a standing and clapping crowd. Byrne instructed them they could possibly not remember how to dance after so lengthy but they have been welcome to attempt.

John Legend and the cast of “Ain’t Way too Proud” executed “My Girl” and “Ain’t Way too Happy 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 “Wicked” tune “For Very good.”


Members of Broadway’s royalty — Norm Lewis, Kelli O’Hara and Brian Stokes Mitchell — mourned the checklist of these who have died, which included icons like McNally, Harold Prince and Larry Kramer.

This season’s nominations ended up pulled from just 18 eligible performs and musicals from the 2019-2020 period, a fraction of the 34 demonstrates the earlier period. All through most yrs, there are 26 aggressive classes. This calendar year there are 25 with several depleted ones.

The final Tony Awards ceremony was held in 2019. The virus pressured Broadway theaters to abruptly close on March 12, 2020, knocking out all demonstrates and scrambling the spring year. Numerous have restarted, including the so-termed massive three of “Wicked,” “Hamilton” and “The Lion King.”


AP Countrywide Author Jocelyn Noveck contributed to this report.


Amusement Author Mark Kennedy is at http://twitter.com/KennedyTwits.

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