Sept 26 (Reuters) – AIDS play “The Inheritance” and musical “Moulin Rouge!” received the highest honors at Broadway’s Tony Awards on Sunday in a four-hour ceremony that promoted the return of reside theatre and referred to as for higher alternatives for Black writers and performers.
“Tonight appears like a homecoming,” mentioned host Audra McDonald. “The lights are on, we’re right here, we’re again.”
The annual awards present was by no means held in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic that shut down reside performances for 18 months.
Lots of the large reveals, together with “Hamilton,” “The Lion King,” and “Depraved” had emotional reopenings earlier this month marked by tears and pleasure each on and off stage. Audiences have to be absolutely vaccinated and masks are required.
“It has been over a yr however the Tonys are right here,” sang “Hamilton” star Leslie Odom Jr, opening the TV particular referred to as “Broadway’s Again” that featured appearances by stars starting from John Legend and Jake Gyllenhaal to Chita Rivera and Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber.
“Moulin Rouge! The Musical,” based mostly on the 2001 film, received 10 awards, together with greatest musical, and for lead actor Aaron Tveit. L1N2QS0IB
Carmen Pavlovic, a co-producer of “Moulin Rouge!,” mentioned each present deserved to get an award after the punishing final 18 months, together with “the reveals that opened, the reveals that closed to not return, the reveals that just about opened, and naturally the reveals that paused and had been lucky sufficient to be reborn.”
“The Inheritance,” a portrait of homosexual life within the twenty first century, was named greatest play and received 2 different Tonys. It additionally introduced an impassioned enchantment from its playwright Matthew Lopez, who’s of Puerto Rican heritage.
“That is the 74th Tony Awards and but I’m solely the primary Latinate author to win on this class,” mentioned Lopez. “This should change. We’re a vibrant group … We have now so many tales to inform. They’re within us, aching to come back out.”
“A Soldier’s Play,” concerning the homicide of a black officer on a U.S. military base in 1944,” was voted greatest play revival. But it was a disappointing night time for “Slave Play,” a provocative present about race and sexuality that went into Sunday’s ceremony with a number one 12 nominations, however received none of them.
“The desk’s acquired to be larger,” mentioned Kenny Leon, director of “A Soldier’s Play,” saying Broadway must do higher to raise Black voices.
The anti-racism non-profit Broadway Advocacy Coalition that fights to make theatre extra various, was given an honorary award.
The TV particular noticed reside track and dance performances from many reveals, together with “Jagged Litle Capsule,” “Ain’t Too Proud,” “American Utopia,” and Idina Menzel and Kristen Chenoweth, the unique stars of “Depraved.”
“A Christmas Carol,” a stage adaptation with music of the Charles Dickens novel, received 5 awards, whereas newcomer Adrienne Warren received greatest actress in a musical for enjoying rock singer Tina Turner in “Tina – The Tina Turner Musical.”
Not one of the Tony-nominated performs are at the moment enjoying on Broadway or plan to return, after closing due to the pandemic or ending their runs shortly earlier than it broke.
Modifying by Jacqueline Wong
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