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‘Company,’ ‘The Lehman Trilogy’ Winning Big at Tony Awards

A gender-swapped revival of Stephen Sondheim’s “Firm” rode the fondness Broadway has for the late iconic composer by incomes 5 statuettes, together with greatest musical revival. “The Lehman Trilogy” was topped greatest new play.

“Firm” is an exploration of a single individual’s conflicted emotions about dedication, historically specializing in a 35-year-old bachelor. This time, it had a bachelorette and the sexes of a number of {couples} swapped round.

Marianne Elliott made Tony historical past by turning into the one girl to have received three Tonys for guiding, the most recent for “Firm.” She thanked Sondheim for letting her put a lady “entrance and middle.” She devoted her award to everybody combating to maintain theaters open.

Patti LuPone received greatest featured actress in a musical for her work within the revival, thanking COVID-19 security officers in her acceptance speech. Matt Doyle received for greatest featured actor in a musical for “Firm.”

Spanning 150 years and working three and a half hours, “The Lehman Trilogy” illustrates the trajectory of western capitalism by following the fortunes of a single household into the monetary crash of 2008. Along with greatest play honors, Sam Mendes received for greatest path of a play, praising the season for its “rampant creativity.”

Michael R. Jackson’s “A Unusual Loop,” a theater meta-journey a couple of playwright writing a musical, received the Tony for greatest guide of a musical. “MJ,” a bio musical of the King of Pop’s greatest hits, nabbed three Tony Awards together with for greatest choreography.

“Take Me Out” received for greatest play revival, and “Fashionable Household” star Jesse Tyler Ferguson received the Tony for greatest featured actor in a play for his work in it. “Mother, Dad, thanks for letting me transfer to New York once I was 17,” stated Ferguson, who additionally thanked his understudy and his husband.

Host Ariana DeBose kicked off her portion of the present in a glowing white jumpsuit and wide-brimmed hat, dancing and singing to the tune “This Is Your Spherical of Applause,” which mashed up shards of musical theater favorites, like “Chicago, “The Wiz,” “Evita,” “Lease,” “Hair,” “Cabaret,” “Hairspray” and “West Aspect Story,” the film remake for which she just lately received an Oscar.

Nonetheless panting whereas welcoming viewers, she advised the group that this was the season “Broadway bought it’s groove again.”

Phylicia Rashad received for greatest featured actress in a play for “Skeleton Crew,” Dominique Morisseau’s play about blue-collar job insecurity set in a Detroit auto stamping plant. “It’s fantastic to current humanity in all it’s fullness,” she stated.

The season was marked by the embrace of seven Black playwrights, from modern writers like Dominique Morisseau, Keenan Scott II and Antoinette Nwandu, to underappreciated historic playwrights like Alice Childress and Ntozake Shange. DeBose stated Broadway was extra consultant.

DeBose celebrated the Black voices and onstage expertise — in addition to noting that two Broadway theaters have been being renamed for Black icons James Earl Jones and Lena Horne — saying that The Nice White Manner was now a nickname “versus a how-to information.”

DeBose additionally hailed the heroic efforts of understudies, swings and standbys to maintain reveals going all through pandemic spikes, noting that she and lots of different Tony nominees had as soon as been unheralded understudies and swings.

Having been freed of dealing with the technical awards, the primary telecast had a much less frantic, extra ethereal really feel. DeBose was an assured, humorous and versatile host, one who roamed the seats, sat in Andrew Garfield’s lap, danced with Sam Rockwell and prompted Laurence Fishburne to do a Daffy Duck imitation.

A number of the present highlights included the large forged of “The Music Man” filling the large Radio Metropolis stage with “Seventy-Six Trombones,” in addition to Prince Jackson and Paris Jackson introducing the present about their father earlier than the “MJ” forged danced to an brisk “Clean Prison.” Billy Crystal taught the group “Yiddish scatting.”

Many acceptance speeches thanked the audiences for braving spikes in COVID-19 to return to see reveals, and Marsha Homosexual Harden cheered 150 security officers invited as visitors to the Tonys.

Earlier, Darren Criss and Julianne Hough kicked off the four-hour awards, handing out principally design awards. Criss opened the telecast with the unique tune, “Set the Stage,” as he and Hough energetically danced up ladders, on laundry hampers and in sliding theater seats to rejoice the artists who maintain theater alive.

The primary award of the night time — for greatest rating — went to “Six: The Musical,” with music and lyrics by Toby Marlow and Lucy Moss. Marlow grew to become the primary out nonbinary composer-lyricist to win a Tony. “Six: The Musical” additionally picked up the award for greatest costumes for a musical.

The revival of “Firm” nabbed greatest scenic design for a musical. Greatest orchestrations went to “Lady From the North Nation.” “The Lehman Trilogy” received for greatest scenic design of a play and lighting design of a play.

“The Pores and skin of Our Enamel” received greatest costumes for a play, “MJ” received for choreography, greatest lighting of a musical and sound design of a musical, whereas “Dana H.” received for sound design of a play.

The season — with 34 new productions — represents a full return to theaters after almost two years of a pandemic-mandated shutdown. On the final Tonys 9 months in the past, the winners have been pulled from simply 18 eligible performs and musicals, and lots of the aggressive classes have been depleted.

The telecast had performances from this 12 months’s Tony Award-nominated musicals, together with “A Unusual Loop,” “Firm,” “Lady from the North Nation,” “MJ,” “Mr. Saturday Evening,” “Music Man,” “Paradise Sq.” and “Six.” The unique forged members of the 2007 Tony-winning musical “Spring Awakening” reunited for a efficiency.

Sondheim, the long-lasting composer who died in late 2021, was honored in a particular section by Bernadette Peters singing his tune “Kids Will Hear.” Angela Lansbury, who was honored with a lifetime achievement Tony, wasn’t current so her “Sweeney Todd” co-star Len Cariou accepted on her behalf.

“A Unusual Loop,” went into the present with a number one 11 Tony nominations. Proper behind with 10 nominations every is “MJ,” a bio musical of the King of Pop stuffed along with his greatest hits, and “Paradise Sq.,” a musical about Irish immigrants and Black People jostling to outlive in New York Metropolis across the time of the Civil Battle.

The very best actress in a musical frontrunners are Sharon D Clarke from the revival of “Caroline, or Change” and Joaquina Kalukango of “Paradise Sq..” The very best actor in a musical might come all the way down to Jaquel Spivey from “A Unusual Loop” versus Myles Frost because the King of Pop in “MJ the Musical.”

“The Lehman Trilogy,” was the main greatest new play contender, whereas David Morse in a revival of Paula Vogel’s “How I Discovered to Drive” is the main contender as greatest actor in a play. His co-star, Mary-Louise Parker, may develop into the primary actor to obtain consecutive Tonys for greatest actress in a play.

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