Highlights of the Tony Awards

Highlights of the Tony Awards

On September 26, 2021, the Winter Garden Theater in New York City hosted the 74th Tony Awards. This awards show was initially scheduled for June 2020 but was postponed due to COVID-19 and honored the 2019-2020 Broadway season. The Tony Awards is an annual event to honor the American theater. Many famous and well-known actors attended this event presented by the American Theatre Wing and The Broadway League to honor the year’s outstanding performances and creative teams on Broadway.

Moulin Rouge! The Musical was the big winner of the night taking home ten Tony’s. The musical, based on the 2001 pop-mashup movie musical, took home the award for Best Musical. In addition, the award for Best Featured Actor in a Musical went to Danny Burstein, who won his first Tony Award for his performance after several previous nominations. Moulin Rouge! The Musical bested Jagged Little Pill and Tina: The Tina Turner Musical for the evening’s most coveted statuette. In addition, the production collected an additional seven awards for the night for direction, choreography, set design, costumes, lighting, orchestrations, and sound.

The Inheritance, written by Matthew Lopez, won for Best Play. With his win, Lopez, from Panama City, became the first Latinx writer to win a Tony Award for Best Play. In addition, Andrew Burnap won for Best Actor in a Play for his performance in The Inheritance. Lois Smith won Best Performance by a Featured Actress in the play, and Stephan Daldry was named Best Director.

Another highlight of the evening was the win by writer Diablo Cody who won the Tony Award for Best Book of a Musical for his play Jagged Little Pill. Inspired by pain, healing, and empowerment, the musical features the music by Grammy award winner Alanis Morissette.

The highly anticipated night marked the return of Broadway after a shutdown of a year and a half and was a joyous celebration by the theatre community!


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