NEW YORK — “Moulin Rouge! The Musical,” a jukebox adaptation of Baz Luhrmann’s hyperactive 2001 film, received the perfect new musical crown on the Tony Awards on a Sunday night time when Broadway appeared again to honor exhibits shuttered by COVID-19, mourn its fallen and in addition look ahead to welcoming audiences once more.
The present concerning the goings-on in a turn-of-the-century Parisian nightclub, up to date with tunes like “Single Women” and “Firework” alongside the massive hit “Woman Marmalade,” received 10 Tonys. The file is 12, received by “The Producers.”
Producer Carmen Pavlovic struck a philosophical be aware in her acceptance speech, sharing the award with all of the exhibits that struggled prior to now 18-month shutdown.
“It feels just a little odd to me to be speaking about one present as greatest musical. I really feel that each present of final season deserves to be considered the perfect musical,” she mentioned. “The exhibits that opened, the exhibits that closed to not return, the exhibits that just about opened. And naturally, the exhibits that paused and are lucky sufficient to be reborn — greatest musical is all of these exhibits.”
“The Inheritance” by Matthew Lopez was named the perfect new play and received three different awards, and Charles Fuller’s “A Soldier’s Play” received greatest play revival and an performing award.
Lopez’s two-part, seven-hour epic makes use of “Howards Finish” as a place to begin for a play that appears at homosexual life within the early twenty first century. It additionally yielded wins for Andrew Burnap as greatest actor in a play, Stephen Daldry as greatest director, and Lois Smith as greatest efficiency by an actress in a featured function in a play.
Thomas Kirdahy, a producer, devoted the award to his late husband, the playwright Terrence McNally. Lopez, the primary Latino author to win within the class, urged extra performs to be produced from the Latin neighborhood. “We’ve got so many tales inside us aching to return out. Allow us to inform you our tales,” he mentioned.
The pandemic-delayed telecast kicked off with an brisk efficiency of “You Can’t Cease the Beat” from authentic Broadway forged members of “Hairspray!” Ali Stroker sang “What I Did for Love” from “A Refrain Line.” Jennifer Holliday additionally took the stage to ship an unforgettable rendition of “And I’m Telling You I am Not Going” from the musical “Dreamgirls.”
The singers carried out for a masked and appreciative viewers at a packed Winter Backyard Theatre. Host Audra McDonald received a standing ovation when she took the stage. “You may’t cease the beat. The center of New York Metropolis!” she mentioned.
“Moulin Rouge! The Musical” received for scenic design, costume, lighting, sound design, orchestrations and a featured performing Tony for Broadway favourite Danny Burstein. Sonya Tayeh received for choreography in her Broadway debut, and Alex Timbers received the trophy for greatest course of a musical.
In a shock to nobody, Aaron Tveit received the award for greatest main actor in a musical for “Moulin Rouge! The Musical.” That’s as a result of he was the one particular person nominated within the class. He thanked an extended record of individuals, together with his dad and mom, brother, brokers, supervisor and the forged and crew. “We’re so privileged to get to do that,” he mentioned, tearing up. “As a result of what we do adjustments peoples’ lives.”
Burstein, who received for featured actor in a musical and had not received six earlier occasions, thanked the Broadway neighborhood for supporting him after the dying final 12 months of his spouse, Rebecca Luker. “You had been there for us, whether or not you simply despatched a be aware or despatched your love, despatched your prayers — despatched bagels — it meant the world to us, and it is one thing I am going to always remember.”
David Alan Grier received featured actor in a play for his function in “A Soldier’s Play,” which dissects entrenched Black-white racism in addition to inside divisions within the Black navy neighborhood throughout World Conflict II. “To my different nominees: Powerful bananas, I received,” he mentioned. On stage, the director, Kenny Leon recited the names Breonna Taylor and George Floyd, killed by police. “We are going to by no means, ever overlook you.”
Adrienne Warren received the Tony for greatest main actress in a musical for her electrical flip as Tina Turner in “Tina — The Tina Turner Musical.” Warren was thought-about the front-runner due to turning into a one-woman fireball of power and exhilaration. She devoted the win to a few relations she misplaced whereas enjoying Turner — and thanked Turner herself.
Mary-Louise Parker received her second greatest lead actress Tony Award, successful for taking part in a Yale professor who treasures nice literature however has made no room in her life for somebody to share that love with in “The Sound Inside.” She thanked her canine, whom she was strolling within the rain when she ran into Mandy Greenfield from the Williamstown Theatre Pageant, who informed her concerning the play.
Burnap made his Broadway debut in “The Inheritance.” He thanked his mother, and the College of Rhode Island and joked that he felt grateful as a result of “I received to behave for seven hours.”
The sobering musical “Jagged Little Capsule,” which plumbs Alanis Morissette’s 1995 breakthrough album to inform a narrative of an American household spiraling uncontrolled, got here into the night time with a number one 15 Tony nominations. It left with wins for greatest e book, and Lauren Patten received the award for greatest featured actress in a musical.
“A Christmas Carol” cleaned up with 5 technical awards: scenic design of a play, costumes, lighting, sound design and rating. However nobody from the manufacturing was available to just accept any of the awards.
“Slave Play,” Jeremy O. Harris’ ground-breaking, bracing work that mixes race, intercourse, taboo wishes and sophistication, earned a dozen nominations, making it probably the most nominated play in Tony historical past. But it surely received nothing.
Sunday’s present was expanded from its typical three hours to 4, with McDonald handing out Tonys for the primary two hours and Leslie Odom Jr. internet hosting a “Broadway’s Again!” celebration for the second half with performances from the three prime musicals.
The reside particular additionally included David Byrne and the forged of “American Utopia” enjoying “Burning Down the Home” to a standing and clapping crowd. Byrne informed them they won’t bear in mind learn how to dance after so lengthy however they had been welcome to attempt.
John Legend and the forged of “Ain’t Too Proud” carried out “My Woman” and “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg” and Josh Groban and Odom Jr. sang “Lovely Metropolis” from “Godspell,” dedicating it to educators. And Ben Platt and Anika Noni Rose sang “Transfer On” from “Sunday within the Park with George.” Idina Menzel and Kristin Chenoweth reunited for the “Depraved” tune “For Good.”
Members of Broadway’s royalty — Norm Lewis, Kelli O’Hara and Brian Stokes Mitchell — mourned the record of those that have died, which included icons like McNally, Harold Prince and Larry Kramer.
This season’s nominations had been pulled from simply 18 eligible performs and musicals from the 2019-2020 season, a fraction of the 34 exhibits the earlier season. Throughout most years, there are 26 aggressive classes. This 12 months there are 25 with a number of depleted ones.
The final Tony Awards ceremony was held in 2019. The virus pressured Broadway theaters to abruptly shut on March 12, 2020, knocking out all exhibits and scrambling the spring season. A number of have restarted, together with the so-called massive three of “Depraved,” “Hamilton” and “The Lion King.”
AP Nationwide Author Jocelyn Noveck contributed to this report.
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