The winners of the 74th annual Tony awards were declared on Sunday, the development that is widely seen as the reemergence of the theatre industry from the clutches of the Covid-19 pandemic. The adaptation of the Moulin Rouge! walked away with a total of 10 awards which includes the best leading actor award, best musical, featured actor award, and award for the costumes, choreography, and direction.
The two-part play of Matthew Lopez, The Inheritance also made a name for itself by winning the awards for the direction and featured actors. Stephen Daldry got the prize for direction while featured actors Lois Smith and Andrew Burnap got the prize for their performances.
Burstein and David Alan Grier won Tony awards for the first time for their performances in the featured role in Moulin Rouge and A Soldier’s play respectively. This was the seventh nomination of Burstein and he thanked the community for their constant support after the death of his wife, Rebecca Luker.
Lauren Patten won the award for her featured role in the Little Pill and she also talked in detail about the controversy regarding her gender identity depiction in the show. It is important to note that producers of the show have already tendered an apology and Patten thanked the community for joining the conversation and engaging in a meaningful manner.
The musical lead actress award went to Adrienne Warren who played the role of Tina Turner while Mary-Louise Parker walked away with the lead actress award for her role in The Sound Inside play. Tveit, despite being the sole Nominee for the award of the lead actor in the musical category, had to win 60% votes for the award which he successfully achieved in the end. However, the biggest surprise came in the form of Slave Play, which despite getting 12 nominations, was shut out at the award ceremony.