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Tony Awards 2021

Moulin Rouge and The Inheritance nab Top Honors at the 2021 Tony Awards .

By: Patrick Christiano

September 27, 2021:  Last night was an evening to celebrate Broadway! Broadway theaters are reopening and the long- delayed Tony Awards, originally scheduled for June 2020, finally happened at the ‘Winter Garden Theater. The ceremony follows the longest Broadway closing in history. “Broadway is Back” was the message that the Broadway community wanted to send to the public.

Adrienne Warren

Moulin Rouge and The Inheritance nab Top Honors at the 2021 Tony Awards .

By: Patrick Christiano

September 27, 2021:  Last night was an evening to celebrate Broadway! Broadway theaters are reopening and the long- delayed Tony Awards, originally scheduled for June 2020, finally happened at the ‘Winter Garden Theater. The ceremony follows the longest Broadway closing in history. “Broadway is Back” was the message that the Broadway community wanted to send to the public.

The evening’s most coveted award for best musical, went to Moulin Rouge! The Musical, an elaborate stage adaptation of the 2001 Baz Luhrmann film about a love triangle set in the Paris nightclub. The musical with a score of highly recognizable pop songs, swept the musical categories, taking home 10 awards.

Only 18 shows were eligible to compete for the awards, which is roughly half the normal number, with only 15 shows winning nominations from the 41 nominators, who saw every show. The nominations, made by 41 theater experts who saw every eligible show, were announced last October. The voting was by approximately 800 industry insiders.

Among the shows returning to Broadway after the pandemic, all three nominees for best musical. “Moulin Rouge!” are set to go. Moulin Rouge began performances on Friday, Tina — The Tina Turner Musical returns on October 8, and Jagged Little Pill, a family drama inspired by the Alanis Morissette album, returns Oct. 21.

All three musicals scored some wins.

The star of “Tina,” Adrienne Warren, won for her phenomenal performance as Tina Turner, is leaving the role at the end of October.  Jagged Little Pill won for best book, by Diablo Cody, and for best featured actress, Lauren Patten her showstopping rendition of Alanis Morissette’s “You Oughta Know.” 

Alex Timbers won his first Tony as the director Moulin Rouge and the show’s costume designer, Catherine Zuber, won a record-breaking eighth award.

Alex Timbers Director “Moulin Rouge”

A Soldier’s Play directed by Kenny Leon and produced by the nonprofit Roundabout Theater Company, won the Tony for best play revival. The play, a 1981 drama by Charles Fuller, about the murder of a Black sergeant in the U.S. Army. won the Pulitzer Prize when it was first published before becoming a Hollywood film. 

Slave Play with 12 nominations, was the most nominated play in history but it won no awards. Instead, The Inheritance, hailed in London but met with less than stellar notices in New York, took the award for Best Play and three additional awards, including for Stephen Daldry as director, Andrew Burnap as an actor, and for 90-year-old Lois Smith as a featured actress. Smith is now the oldest person ever to win a Tony Award for acting

Best leading actress in a play award went to Mary-Louise Parker for her performance as a writing professor with cancer in Adam Rapp’s The Sound Inside.

Attendees were subjected to the same restrictions as patrons at Broadway shows. They were required to demonstrate proof of vaccination, and they were asked to wear masks that cover their mouths and noses.

Here are some photos from the 2021 Tony Awards and a complete list of winners:

Bil Damaschke, Carmen Pavlovic – Moulin Rouge!
Hunter Arnold, Tom Kirdahy “The Inheritance”
Leslie Odom Jr,. Nicolette Robinson
Andrew Rannells, Bernadette Peters, Brian Stokes Mitchell
Audra McDonald, Idina Menzel, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Kristin Chenoweth, Anthony Rapp, and Adam Pascal
Julie Halston
Andrew Garfield, Cindy Lauper, Bernadette Peters
Derek McLane, Peter Hylenski, Justin Levine, Matt Stine
Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber, Bernadette Peters
Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Stephanie J. Block

A COMPLETE LIST OF WINNERS

2020 / BEST BOOK OF A MUSICAL

Jagged Little Pill

Diablo Cody

Jagged Little Pill

2020 / BEST ORIGINAL SCORE (MUSIC AND/OR LYRICS) WRITTEN FOR THE THEATRE

A Christmas Carol

Christopher Nightingale

A Christmas Carol

2020 / BEST REVIVAL OF A PLAY

A Soldier’s Play

Charles Fuller

A Soldier's Play

2020 / BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE IN A PLAY

Andrew Burnap

The Inheritance

Andrew Burnap

2020 / BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE IN A PLAY

Mary-Louise Parker

The Sound Inside

Mary-Louise Parker

2020 / BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE IN A MUSICAL

Aaron Tveit

Moulin Rouge! The Musical

Aaron Tveit

2020 / BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE IN A MUSICAL

Adrienne Warren

Tina – The Tina Turner Musical

Adrienne Warren

2020 / BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A FEATURED ROLE IN A PLAY

David Alan Grier

ForA Soldier’s Play

David Alan Grier

2020 / BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A FEATURED ROLE IN A PLAY

Lois Smith

The Inheritance

Lois Smith

2020 / BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A FEATURED ROLE IN A MUSICAL

Danny Burstein

Moulin Rouge! The Musical

Danny Burstein

2020 / BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A FEATURED ROLE IN A MUSICAL

Lauren Patten

Jagged Little Pill

Lauren Patten

2020 / BEST SCENIC DESIGN OF A PLAY

Rob Howell

A Christmas Carol

Rob Howell

2020 / BEST SCENIC DESIGN OF A MUSICAL

Derek McLane

ForMoulin Rouge! The Musical

Derek McLane

2020 / BEST COSTUME DESIGN OF A PLAY

Rob Howell

ForA Christmas Carol

Rob Howell

2020 / BEST COSTUME DESIGN OF A MUSICAL

Catherine Zuber

Moulin Rouge! The Musical

Catherine Zuber

2020 / BEST LIGHTING DESIGN OF A PLAY

Hugh Vanstone

ForA Christmas Carol

Hugh Vanstone

2020 / BEST LIGHTING DESIGN OF A MUSICAL

Justin Townsend

ForMoulin Rouge! The Musical

Justin Townsend

2020 / BEST SOUND DESIGN OF A PLAY

Simon Baker

ForA Christmas Carol

Simon Baker

2020 / BEST SOUND DESIGN OF A MUSICAL

Peter Hylenski

Moulin Rouge! The Musical

Peter Hylenski

2020 / BEST DIRECTION OF A PLAY

Stephen Daldry

The Inheritance

Stephen Daldry

2020 / BEST DIRECTION OF A MUSICAL

Alex Timbers

Moulin Rouge! The Musical

Alex Timbers

2020 / BEST CHOREOGRAPHY

Sonya Tayeh

Moulin Rouge! The Musical

Sonya Tayeh

2020 / BEST ORCHESTRATIONS

Justin Levine, with Katie Kresek, Charlie Rosen and Matt Stine

Moulin Rouge! The Musical

Justin Levine, with Katie Kresek, Charlie Rosen and Matt Stine

2020 / SPECIAL TONY AWARD FOR LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT IN THE THEATRE

Graciela Daniele

Graciela Daniele

2020 / SPECIAL TONY AWARD

The Broadway Advocacy Coalition

The Broadway Advocacy Coalition

David Byrne’s American Utopia

David Byrne’s American Utopia

Freestyle Love Supreme

Freestyle Love Supreme

2020 / ISABELLE STEVENSON TONY AWARD

Julie Halston

Julie Halston

2020 / TONY HONORS FOR EXCELLENCE IN THE THEATRE

Fred Gallo

Fred Gallo

Irene Gandy

Irene Gandy

Beverly Jenkins

Beverly Jenkins

New Federal Theatre, Woodie King Jr., Founder

Photography: Jenny Anderson, Cindi Ord