Published On: Sun, Sep 26th, 2021

‘Moulin Rouge!’ ‘The Inheritance,’ ‘A Soldier’s Play’ big winners in emotional Tony Awards

“Moulin Rouge! The Musical,” a stage adaptation of the poplar film, dominated an unorthodox and extremely emotional 74th Annual Tony Awards on Sunday, successful 10 prizes, together with the statue for greatest musical.

Matthew Lopez’s “The Inheritance,” a sprawling epic concerning the AIDS disaster, received 4 statues and was honored as greatest play, whereas Charles Fuller’s “A Soldier’s Play,” a homicide thriller that unspools throughout segregation, was named the very best revival of a play.

In a surprising upset, Jeremy O. Harris’ “Slave Play,” a provocative have a look at racism, gender and sexuality that was embraced by critics and acquired 12 nominations, a document for a non-musical, was solely shut out.

Among the opposite main awards-winners, “A Christmas Carol” earned 5 prizes, all of them in technical classes.

The four-hour occasion unspooled on each broadcast tv and the Paramount Plus streaming platform. It served as each a commemoration of the very best of Broadway and a salute to the return of dwell theater after 18 months of Covid-19 shutdowns.

Many of the exhibits the nominated exhibits closed greater than a 12 months in the past. “Slave Play,” as an example, performed its ultimate efficiency on Jan. 19, 2020, at a time when a lot of the world was simply waking as much as the menace posed by the coronavirus.

The second a part of the night, the one which unspooled on CBS, was billed as “The Tony Awards Present: Broadway’s Back!” and featured performances from “Freestyle Love Supreme,” “David Byrne’s American Utopia,” “Moulin Rouge!” and “Jagged Little Pill.”

Leslie Odom, Jr. hosted the live performance portion of the evening whereas Audra McDonald emceed the sooner ceremony, a marathon affair in which greater than 20 statues have been handed out, together with performances by Jennifer Hudson belting “You’re Gonna Love Me” from “Dreamgirls” and Matthew Morrison and Marissa Jaret Winokur singing “You Can’t Stop the Beat” from “Hairspray.”

“You can’t stop the beat of Broadway, the heart of New York City,” McDonald mentioned in her introductory remarks. “I’ve always thought of the Tonys as Broadway’s prom, but tonight it feels like a homecoming.”

The concept that “Broadway’s Back!” is perhaps extra wishful than factual. Certain exhibits have reopened, equivalent to “Hamilton” and “The Lion King,” and different main productions equivalent to “Six” and “The Lehman Trilogy” will welcome audiences in the approaching weeks.

But the tourism business, which supplies the majority of ticket gross sales, remains to be sluggish. Throughout the night there have been nods to the brand new pandemic actuality, with viewers members remaining masked all through the published.

One winner was just about assured of victory earlier than the ultimate votes have been tallied. “Moulin Rouge’s” Aaron Tveit was the one nominee in the very best main actor in a musical class.

Mary Louise Parker nabbed greatest main actress in a play for “The Sound Inside,” besting the closely favored Joaquina Kalukango (“Slave Play”) and Laura Linney (“My Name Is Lucy Barton”).

“The Inheritance’s” Stephen Daldry additionally nabbed a greatest director prize, his third, over fierce competitors from Kenny Leon (“A Soldier’s Play”) and Robert O’Hara (“Slave Play”).

Andrew Burnap, who starred as a callous playwright in “The Inheritance,” beat out such main stars as Jake Gyllenhaal (“Sea Wall/A Life”), Tom Hiddleston (“Betrayal”) and Courtney B. Vance (“A Soldier’s Play”) to win greatest main actor in a play.

As anticipated, Adrienne Warren nabbed the very best main actress in a musical prize for her chameleonic efficiency in the title function of “Tina – The Tina Turner Musical.”

“Moulin Rouge!” earned honors for its director Alex Timbers, in addition to for its scenic design, costume, lighting, sound design, and orchestrations.

“Jagged Little Pill,” impressed by Alanis Morissette’s mega-selling album of the identical title, earned two prizes, for Diablo Cody’s e-book and for Lauren Patten’s supporting efficiency.

The present has been embroiled in controversy in latest days after two former forged members accused the present’s producers of inflicting hurt “to the trans and non-binary community” and alleged that stage administration and key creatives weren’t receptive to considerations about their well being care.

Patten appeared to acknowledge the furor in her speech. “I believe that the future for the change we need to see on Broadway comes from these kinds of conversations that are full of honesty and empathy and respect for our shared humanity,” she mentioned. “And I am so excited to see the action that comes from them, and to see where that leads our future as theater artists.”

Tom Kirdahy, Hunter Arnold and Matthew Lopez settle for the award for greatest play for “The Inheritance” in the course of the 74th Annual Tony Awards at Winter Garden Theatre on Sunday in New York City.Theo Wargo / Getty Images

Several venerable performers lastly earned Tonys after many missed alternatives.

David Allen Grier received a greatest featured actor in a play award after three earlier nominations for his work as a corrosive sergeant in “David Alan Grier, “A Soldier’s Play,” while 90-year-old Lois Smith made history as the oldest acting winner ever for her work in “The Inheritance.”

And Danny Burstein finally took home a statue in his seventh try for “Moulin Rouge!” Burstein, who was hospitalized with Covid-19 in 2020 and whose wife Rebecca Luker died of ALS in December, thanked the Broadway community for bolstering the spirits of his family.

“You all confirmed up for us,” he said. You were there for us whether you just sent a note or sent your prayers, sent bagels. It meant the world to us, and it’s something I’ll never forget. I love being an actor on Broadway.”

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