The Tony Awards celebrate the best in theatre and this year’s celebration returned to Radio City Music Hall for the first time since the pandemic.
“West Side Story” star and Oscar winner Ariana DeBose hosted the ceremony.
See below for a complete list of nominees, with the winners indicated in bold.
“Company” wins best musical
It’s a long shot but it looks like Stephen Sondheim’s musical is about to get the most prestigious Tony award of the year.
The production was a smash hit on Broadway and was awarded best new musical in 1971. The Broadway version also took the prize for best revival in 2007.
Previously, “Company” has been nominated for best musical Tonys in 2007 and 2002. But this time, “Company” beat out “The Music Man” and “Caroline, or Change” for the best musical Tony award.
The show’s five nominations were surprising and unexpected. It’s been two years since a pandemic caused two years of disruptions on Broadway.
However, “Company” was able to make up for that by winning the Best Musical and Best Revival categories.
It also took home the Best Actress and Best Actor Tony Awards.
And the show’s producer, Jennifer Hudson, became the 17th member of the EGOT (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Grammy).
This year’s Tony Awards returned to the iconic Radio City Music Hall in New York. Broadway’s biggest stars, including Lady Gaga and Jennifer Lopez, were honoured during the show.
The show was hosted by Oscar winner Ariana DeBose. In addition to the winners, Patti LuPone, Phylicia Rashad, and Sam Rockwell acted as the ceremony’s hosts.
“The Lehman Trilogy” wins best play
The play’s popularity is not surprising, considering that it was closed for five months when it was first nominated for the Tony.
However, the production is a bit of a wild card, as it wasn’t even currently open.
Since the Tonys serve as Broadway’s biggest commercial, voters are naturally inclined to reward dramas that are still running.
On the other hand, audiences may want to support the winning production.
The Tony Awards aren’t as competitive as they once were, and this year’s nominees were a mixture of new plays and revivals of classics.
Adaptations of classic novels and movies were also in contention for awards. After being affected by Covid’s controversy, the Tony Awards returned to a normal rhythm.
This year’s “The Lehman Trilogy” won the award for best play, best director, and best actor in a play. Its cast includes Adam Godley, Simon Russell Beale, and Ben Power.
In addition to winning best play, “The Lehman Trilogy” won four other awards. It was also nominated for best musical revival and featured actor.
But “The Lehman Trilogy” was the best play of the night, and Stefano Massini’s “Annie” won four other awards, including best director.
The Tonys were also recognized for best acting by a play, and “Ashtray” won for best musical.
Phylicia Rashad wins best-featured actress in a play
Phylicia Rashad has won the best-featured actress in a play Tony Award for her performance in Skeleton Crew. She previously won for her role as Lena Younger in the 2004 revival of A Raisin in the Sun.
The Tony Awards celebrate the diversity of the Broadway stage, and Rashad’s award is especially fitting.
“Six,” a concert-like musical about Henry VIII’s six wives, won the best-featured actress award. The musical’s composers are nonbinary; the music was written by Lucy Moss.
It had its pre-Broadway run at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The production also won the Tony for the best musical score, as well as best costumes.
Deirdre O’Connell also won Best Actress in a Play. She played Lucas Hnath’s mother in Dana H., a play about a chaplain’s kidnapping.
Despite the pandemic, this production was a hit, winning the Tony Award for Best Play.
Angela Lansbury wins best leading actress in a play
The 75th annual Tony Awards will honour the legendary Angela Lansbury with a Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in Theatre.
She has won four Tony Awards for best acting in a musical: ‘Mame’ in 1957, ‘Gypsy’ in 1975, and ‘Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street’ in 1979. Most recently, she won for Blithe Spirit in 2009.
Although Angela Lansbury was not in attendance at the ceremony, she was mentioned during the pre-show and was not present during the ceremony.
She didn’t record her speech because she knew she would be in the spotlight. But it didn’t stop her from being recognized.
She told reporters that she would not be attending the ceremony.
She also said she didn’t record her speech for fear that it would be aired.
She also won a Special Tony Award for her performance as the narrator in the musical “Annie.”
The two performed the same song during the In Memoriam segment. “Dana H.” featured Deirdre O’Connell lip-syncing to audio recordings of the real Dana Higginbotham.
“Annie” also swept the Tony Awards for best musical.
Ariana DeBose wins best-featured actress in a musical
In the 2022 Tony Awards, Ariana DeBose won for her role in the Broadway hit “West Side Story.”
As the host of the Tonys, she radiated star power, star elegance, and a rapport with the live audience and the camera. She jolted the audience with a hilarious number and sang her theatre actors into the audience.
She was also nominated for the Best Featured Actress in a Musical Award. The show’s presenting organization, the American Theatre Wing, was honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award for Lansbury.
As the host of the event, Ariana DeBose emphasized that the show’s diversity was essential for the show’s longevity and success.
The 75th annual Tony Awards were held on Sunday in New York City, after two years of disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Ariana DeBose hosted the awards ceremony from Radio City Music Hall, and the show’s hit musical “A Strange Loop” garnered eleven nominations.
Hudson also won the Emmy, Grammy, and Oscar for her role.
Kara Young wins the best director
In New York, the stage is alive with theatre. The Tony Awards return to Radio City Music Hall this weekend, with some of Broadway’s biggest names among the nominees.
Patti LuPone, Phylicia Rashad, Mary-Louis Parker, Sam Rockwell, and Uzo Aduba hosted the telecast, while Rachel Dratch moderated the presidential debate.
The winners were announced in bold, and A Strange Loop took home 11 awards.
New York theatre fans can look forward to a show that features talented up-and-coming artists.
This year, Gabby Beans is highly stylized in “The Skin of Our Teeth,” Kara Young is an exuberant sandwich shop worker in “Clyde’s,” and L Morgan Lee is the first openly trans Tony nominee.
The cast of “A Strange Loop” also boasts a strong list of honorees, including Jeremy Jordan as the lead in “Hair.”
The production of “Corsicana” received critical acclaim and closed two months early in November. The musical alternated performances with “Is This a Room” by Les Waters.
The cast of the production reportedly included Leslie O’Neill and David Hyde Pierce.
Young is also nominated for Best Director for “Corsicana.”
Billy Porter wins the best director
The Tony Awards have just crowned their best director for the year 2022, and Billy Porter is one of the winners.
The Emmy and Tony Award winner was joined by his co-star Eva Reign on the red carpet for the best director award.
Reign is also the star of Billy Porter’s directorial debut Anything’s Possible. The movie follows a transgender student and her love interest during their senior year.
Other cast members include Abubakr Ali and Rene Elise Goldsberry.
In a telecast honouring Stephen Sondheim, Lin-Manuel Miranda introduced the tribute, which included Bernadette Peters’ performance of “Children Will Listen,” an anthem from the musical “Into the Woods.”
Peters introduced the song as Broadway’s original wise but crooked-fingered Witch.
Billy Porter then delivered a moving rendition of “On the Street Where You Live,” from “My Fair Lady.”
“A Strange Loop” won several awards, including best musical. Michael R. Jackson’s book of the same name won a Pulitzer Prize.
It is expected to win Best New Musical, but there are five other nominees in the category.
Company, starring Patti Lupone, and “The Music Man,” starring Hugh Jackman and Sutton Foster, are also nominated.
Among the producers are Billy Porter, Mindy Kaling, RuPaul, Alan Cumming, and Jennifer Hudson.
“Clyde’s,” Lynn Nottage
“Hangmen,” Martin McDonagh
“The Lehman Trilogy,” Stefano Massini and Ben Power *WINNER
“The Minutes,” Tracy Letts
“Skeleton Crew,” Dominique Morrisseau
“Girl From the North Country”
“Mr. Saturday Night”
“SIX: The Musical”
“A Strange Loop” *WINNER
Best Revival of a Play
“for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf”
“How I Learned to Drive”
“Take Me Out” *WINNER
“Trouble in Mind”
Best Revival of a Musical
“Caroline, or Change”
“The Music Man”
Best Book of a Musical
“Girl From The North Country,” Conor McPherson
“MJ,” Lynn Nottage
“Mr. Saturday Night,” Billy Crystal, Lowell Ganz & Babaloo Mandel
“Paradise Square,” Christina Anderson, Craig Lucas & Larry Kirwan
“A Strange Loop,” Michael R. Jackson *WINNER
Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre
“Flying Over Sunset,” Music: Tom Kitt, Lyrics: Michael Korie
“Mr. Saturday Night,” Music: Jason Robert Brown, Lyrics: Amanda Green
“Paradise Square,” Music: Jason Howland, Lyrics: Nathan Tysen & Masi Asare
“SIX: The Musical,” Music and Lyrics: Toby Marlow & Lucy Moss *WINNER
“A Strange Loop,” Music and Lyrics: Michael R. Jackson
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play
Simon Russell Beale, “The Lehman Trilogy” *WINNER
Adam Godley, “The Lehman Trilogy”
Adrian Lester, “The Lehman Trilogy”
David Morse, “How I Learned to Drive”
Sam Rockwell, “American Buffalo”
Ruben Santiago-Hudson, “Lackawanna Blues”
David Threlfall, “Hangmen”
Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play
Gabby Beans, “The Skin of Our Teeth”
LaChanze, “Trouble in Mind”
Ruth Negga, “Macbeth”
Deirdre O’Connell, “Dana H.” *WINNER
Mary-Louise Parker, “How I Learned to Drive”
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical
Billy Crystal, “Mr. Saturday Night”
Myles Frost, “MJ” *WINNER
Hugh Jackman, “The Music Man”
Rob McClure, “Mrs. Doubtfire”
Jaquel Spivey, “A Strange Loop”
Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical
Sharon D Clarke, “Caroline, or Change”
Carmen Cusack, “Flying Over Sunset”
Sutton Foster, “The Music Man”
Joaquina Kalukango, “Paradise Square” *WINNER
Mare Winningham, “Girl From The North Country”
Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play
Alfie Allen, “Hangmen”
Chuck Cooper, “Trouble in Mind”
Jesse Tyler Ferguson, “Take Me Out” *WINNER
Ron Cephas Jones, “Clyde’s”
Michael Oberholtzer, “Take Me Out”
Jesse Williams, “Take Me Out”
Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play
Uzo Aduba, “Clyde’s”
Rachel Dratch, “POTUS: Or, Behind Every Great Dumbass are Seven Women Trying to Keep Him Alive”
Kenita R. Miller, “for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf”
Phylicia Rashad, “Skeleton Crew” *WINNER
Julie White, “POTUS: Or, Behind Every Great Dumbass are Seven Women Trying to Keep Him Alive”
Kara Young, “Clyde’s”
Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical
Matt Doyle, “Company” *WINNER
Sidney DuPont, “Paradise Square”
Jared Grimes, “Funny Girl”
John-Andrew Morrison, “A Strange Loop”
A.J. Shively, “Paradise Square”
Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical
Jeannette Bayardelle, “Girl From The North Country”
Shoshana Bean, “Mr. Saturday Night”
Jayne Houdyshell, “The Music Man”
L Morgan Lee, “A Strange Loop”
Patti LuPone, “Company” *WINNER
Jennifer Simard, “Company”
Best Scenic Design of a Play
Beowulf Boritt, “POTUS: Or, Behind Every Great Dumbass are Seven Women Trying to Keep Him Alive”
Michael Carnahan and Nicholas Hussong, “Skeleton Crew”
Es Devlin, “The Lehman Trilogy” *WINNER
Anna Fleischle, “Hangmen”
Scott Pask, “American Buffalo”
Adam Rigg, “The Skin of Our Teeth”
Best Scenic Design of a Musical
Beowulf Boritt and 59 Productions, “Flying Over Sunset”
Bunny Christie, “Company” *WINNER
Arnulfo Maldonado, “A Strange Loop”
Derek McLane and Peter Nigrini, “MJ”
Allen Moyer, “Paradise Square”
Best Costume Design of a Play
Montana Levi Blanco, “The Skin of Our Teeth” *WINNER
Sarafina Bush, “for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf”
Emilio Sosa, “Trouble in Mind”
Jane Greenwood, “Neil Simon’s Plaza Suite”
Jennifer Moeller, “Clyde’s”
Best Costume Design of a Musical
Fly Davis, “Caroline, or Change”
Toni-Leslie James, “Paradise Square”
William Ivey Long, “Diana, The Musical”
Santo Loquasto, “The Music Man”
Gabriella Slade, “SIX: The Musical” *WINNER
Paul Tazewell, “MJ”
Best Lighting Design of a Play
Joshua Carr, “Hangmen”
Jiyoun Chang, “for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf”
Jon Clark, “The Lehman Trilogy” *WINNER
Jane Cox, “Macbeth”
Yi Zhao, “The Skin of Our Teeth”
Best Lighting Design of a Musical
Neil Austin, “Company”
Tim Deiling, “SIX: The Musical”l
Donald Holder, “Paradise Square”
Natasha Katz, “MJ” *WINNER
Bradley King, “Flying Over Sunset”
Jen Schriever, “A Strange Loop”
Best Sound Design of a Play
Justin Ellington, “for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf”
Mikhail Fiksel, “Dana H.” *WINNER
Palmer Hefferan, “The Skin of Our Teeth”
Nick Powell and Dominic Bilkey, “The Lehman Trilogy”
Mikaal Sulaiman, “Macbeth”
Best Sound Design of a Musical
Simon Baker, “Girl From The North Country”
Paul Gatehouse, “SIX: The Musical”
Ian Dickinson for Autograph, “Company”
Drew Levy, “A Strange Loop”
Gareth Owen, “MJ” *WINNER
Best Direction of a Play
Lileana Blain-Cruz, “The Skin of Our Teeth”
Camille A. Brown, “for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf”
Sam Mendes, “The Lehman Trilogy” *WINNER
Neil Pepe, “American Buffalo”
Les Waters, “Dana H.”
Best Direction of a Musical
Stephen Brackett, “A Strange Loop”
Marianne Elliott, “Company” *WINNER
Conor McPherson, “Girl From The North Country”
Lucy Moss & Jamie Armitage, “SIX: The Musical”
Christopher Wheeldon, “MJ”
Camille A. Brown, “for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf”
Warren Carlyle, “The Music Man”
Carrie-Anne Ingrouille, “SIX: The Musical”
Bill T. Jones, “Paradise Square”
Christopher Wheeldon, “MJ” *WINNER
David Cullen, “Company”
Tom Curran, “SIX: The Musical”
Simon Hale, “Girl From The North Country” *WINNER
Jason Michael Webb and David Holcenberg, “MJ”
Charlie Rosen, “A Strange Loop”