Winners of 75e Annual Tony Awards, honoring theater professionals of the 2021-2022 season for their distinguished achievements on Broadway, were announced Sunday evening, June 12 during a live ceremony at Radio City Music Hall, presented by the Broadway League and the American Theater Wing . The two-part event aired live on Paramount+ from 7-8 p.m., hosted by Darren Criss (American buffalo) and Julianne Hough (POTUS), and on CBS TV from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m., hosted by Tony-nominated and Oscar-winning Ariana DeBose (hamilton; West Side Story).
The show featured performances of songs from eight of this year’s Tony-nominated musicals – The music man, GM, Mr Saturday night, Company, North Country Girl, A strange loop, place of paradiseand SIX. There were also performances by DeBose, Tony Award winners Bernadette Peters and Billy Porter, the New York City Gay Men’s Chorus and members of the original cast of the award-winning 2007 musical. spring awakeningand the annual “In Memoriam” segment commemorating the theater artists we’ve lost over the past year, ending with the legendary Stephen Sondheim.
The awards show was an all-star line-up that included Utkarsh Ambudkar, Skylar Astin, Zach Braff, Danielle Brooks, Danny Burstein, Len Cariou, RuPaul Charles, Jessica Chastain, Lilli Cooper, Bryan Cranston, Wilson Cruz, Colman Domingo, Anthony Edwards, Cynthia Erivo, Raúl Esparza, Laurence Fishburne, Andrew Garfield, Renée Elise Goldsberry, Tony Goldwyn, David Alan Grier, Marcia Gay Harden, Vanessa Hudgens, Jennifer Hudson, Paris Jackson, Prince Jackson, Samuel L. Jackson, Nathan Lane, Telly Leung, Judith Light, Josh Lucas, Gaten Matarazzo, Ruthie Ann Miles, Patina Miller, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Bebe Neuwirth, Kelli O’Hara, Sarah Paulson, Bernadette Peters, Jeremy Pope, Billy Porter, LaTanya Richardson Jackson, Chita Rivera, Tony Shalhoub, Phillipa Soo, Sarah Silverman, George Takei, Aaron Tveit, Adrienne Warren, Patrick Wilson and Bowen Yang.
Winners in 26 competitive categories were determined by 650 nominated Tony voters within the theater community. At the top of the awards for the 2021-22 season, the epic coin The Lehman Trilogy and the revival of Sondheim’s Musical Companywho received five Tonys each, followed by GM musical comedy with four. Pulitzer Prize-winning Michael R. Jackson won Best Book by a Musical for A strange loopwhich was also recognized as the best musical of the year.
And the winners are:
Best game: The Lehman Trilogy;
Best Musical: A strange loop;
Best Book of a Musical: A strange loopMichael R. Jackson;
Best Original Score (music and/or lyrics written for theatre): SIXmusic and lyrics by Toby Marlow and Lucy Moss;
Best cover of a piece: take me out;
Best Cover of a Musical: Company;
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play: Simon Russell Beale, The Lehman Trilogy;
Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play: Deirdre O’Connell, Dana H.;
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical: Myles Frost, MJ the musical;
Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical: Joaquina Kalukango, place of paradise;
Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play: Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Take me out;
Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play: Phylicia Rashad, Skeleton Crew;
Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical: Matt Doyle, Company;
Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical: Patti LuPone, Company;
Best One Piece Scenic Design: Es Devlin, The Lehman Trilogy;
Best Scenic Design of a Musical: Christie Rabbit, Company;
Best One-Piece Costume Design: Montana Levi Blanco, The skin of our teeth;
Best Costume Design of a Musical: Gabriella Slade, SIX;
Best room lighting design: Jon Clark, The Lehman Trilogy;
Best Lighting Design of a Musical: Natasha Katz, GM;
Best One Piece Sound Design: Mikhail Fiksel, Dana H.;
Best Sound Design of a Musical: Gareth Owen, GM;
Best Direction of a Play: Sam Mendes, The Lehman Trilogy;
Best Direction of a Musical: Lucy Marianne Elliott Company;
Best choreography: Christopher Wheeldon, GM;
Best Orchestrations: Simon Hale, North Country Girl;
In addition to the competitive categories, prizes were awarded to the following previously announced special winners:
Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in Theatre: Angela Lansbury;
Special Tony Award: James C. Nicola, artistic director of the New York Theater Workshop since 1988;
Tony Isabelle Stevenson Award: Robert E. Wankel, President and Co-CEO of the Shubert Organization;
Tony Honors for Excellence in Theatre: Asian American Artists Action Coalition (AAPAC); Broadway for all; musical copyist Emily Grishman; Feinstein’s/54 below; and United Scenic Artists, Local USA 829, IATSE.
Congratulations to the winners and thank you to the entire Broadway community for bringing live theater back to New York!
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