New York (AFP)
Broadway on Sunday finally honored its best and brightest at the Tony Awards, more than a year late due to the coronavirus pandemic, with the musical “Moulin Rouge!” Sweeping the competition with 10 trophies.
The event took on a new look this year: most of the awards were presented in a two-hour ceremony broadcast live before the main event – a concert celebrating the return of live theater to New York after a hiatus. 18 months.
“Everyone here is vaxxed and tested, and everyone is wearing a mask – every theater on Broadway is going to look like this for a while and that’s okay,” host Leslie Odom Jr said at the start of the gala. of the concert at the Winter Garden Theater.
” Red Mill! The Musical ”- a theatrical adaptation of Baz Luhrmann’s popular 2001 film of the same name on the famous Parisian nightclub – won the award for best musical, best actor and best actor in a featured role, as well as ‘a host of technical distinctions.
The cast served up a colorful and sassy mix of series hits in their home theaters, as did the cast of “Jagged Little Pill,” a musical based on Alanis Morissette’s 1995 flagship album of the same name.
Adrienne Warren, who won the Tony for Best Actress in a Musical for her portrayal of Tina Turner in “Tina,” gave a rousing performance with her castmates.
The concert also featured classic duets from popular musicals “Rent,” “Wicked,” “Ragtime” and “Hamilton,” featuring a stream of Broadway stars.
The Tony for Best Play went to “The Inheritance,” a reimagining of EM Forster’s novel “Howards End” set in today’s New York City. The play won a total of four awards, including Best Director for Stephen Daldry.
“A Soldier’s Play,” a look at racism in the US military, won the award for best cover of a play – and also won an acting trophy for David Alan Grier, one of the many premieres. winners of the evening.
A cover of “A Christmas Carol” won five awards.
– “Broadway is back” –
This year’s honors were a bit different – the number of qualifying shows for the 2019-20 season was drastically reduced when the Great White Way was forced to shut down as the pandemic took hold, particularly in New York City.
Several shows have recently reopened, with more to come in the coming months.
“Broadway is back, and it must be better,” said actress Audra McDonald, six-time winner and nominee again this year, as she hosted the inaugural ceremony.
In an original result, Aaron Tveit won the award for best actor in a musical for “Moulin Rouge” – he was the only nominee but had to win 60% of the vote to win. He choked on accepting his prize, his first Tony.
“We’re so privileged to be able to do this, to be on Broadway,” he said.
Other first-time winners included Lois Smith, who won the award for Best Actress in a Featured Role in a Play for “The Inheritance” – at the age of 90. She is the oldest performer to win a Tony for her role as an actress.
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