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The Tony Awards return after longest Broadway shutdown in history

The Tony Awards return after longest Broadway shutdown in history
Leslie Odom Jr. and Nicolette Robinson perform onstage during the 74th Annual Tony Awards at Winter Garden Theatre on September 26, 2021 in New York City / Theo Wargo / Staff / Getty Images Entertainment

The Tony Awards returned on Sunday night after a two-year hiatus.

The 74th annual Tony Awards were held at the Winter Garden Theatre in New York on Sunday. Broadway's biggest night handed out awards for performances occurring between 26 April 2019 and 19 February 2020, as theatres were forced to close due to Covid-19 restrictions.

The awards show took place in two parts. The beginning, hosted by Audra McDonald, premiered exclusively on Paramount+ and included most of the show's top prizes. In the second stretch, Leslie Odom Jr. took over the host stand to present The Tony Awards Present: Broadway's Back! which showcased musical performances by the nominees for Best Musical and from two shows receiving special Tonys; Freestyle Love Supreme and American Utopia.

Moulin Rouge! The Musical, the stage adaptation of the Baz Luhrmann movie, and the Broadway transfer of Matthew Lopez's two-part play The Inheritance, which examines love between gay men in contemporary New York a generation after the AIDS crisis, won the show's top awards of Best Musical and Best Play, respectively.

Moulin Rouge! swept the board, winning 10 trophies in total, including best actor in a musical for Aaron Tveit, best choreography, orchestrations and direction of a musical, among others.

 

The full list of winners is as follows:

Best Musical - Moulin Rouge! The Musical

Best Play - The Inheritance

Best Revival of a Play - A Soldier's Play

Best Direction of a Play - Stephen Daldry, The Inheritance

Best Direction of a Musical - Alex Timbers, Moulin Rouge! The Musical

Best Leading Actor in a Play - Andrew Burnap, The Inheritance

Best Leading Actress in a Play - Mary-Louise Parker, The Sound Inside

Best Leading Actor in a Musical - Aaron Tveit, Moulin Rouge! The Musical

Best Leading Actress in a Musical - Adrienne Warren, Tina - The Tina Turner Musical

Best Featured Actor in a Play - David Alan Grier, A Soldier's Play

Best Featured Actress in a Play - Lois Smith, The Inheritance

Best Featured Actor in a Musical - Danny Burstein, Moulin Rouge! The Musical

Best Featured Actress in a Musical - Lauren Patten, Jagged Little Pill

Best Book of a Musical - Diablo Cody, Jagged Little Pill

Best Original Score - Christopher Nightingale, A Christmas Carol

Best Scenic Design of a Play - Rob Howell, A Christmas Carol

Best Scenic Design of a Musical - Derek McLane, Moulin Rouge! The Musical

Best Costume Design of a Play - Rob Howell, A Christmas Carol

Best Costume Design of a Musical - Catherine Zuber, Moulin Rouge! The Musical

Best Lighting Design of a Play - Hugh Vanstone, A Christmas Carol

Best Lighting Design of a Musical - Justin Townsend, Moulin Rouge! The Musical

Best Sound Design of a Play - Simon Baker, A Christmas Carol

Best Sound Design of a Musical - Peter Hylenski, Moulin Rouge! The Musical

Best Choreography - Sonya Tayeh, Moulin Rouge! The Musical

Best Orchestrations - Justin Levine, Matt Stine, Katie Kresek and Charlie Rosen, Moulin Rouge! The Musical.

 

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