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

 

By MARK KENNEDY, AP Entertainment Writer

NEW YORK (AP) — A gender-swapped revival of Stephen Sondheim’s “Company” rode the fondness Broadway has for the late iconic composer by incomes 5 statuettes, together with finest musical revival. “The Lehman Trilogy” was topped finest new play.

“Company” is an exploration of a single particular person’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 changing into the one lady to have gained three Tonys for guiding, the latest for “Company.” She thanked Sondheim for letting her put a lady “entrance and heart.” She devoted her award to everybody combating to maintain theaters open.

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

 

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Spanning 150 years and operating 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. In addition to finest play honors, Sam Mendes gained for finest course of a play, praising the season for its “rampant creativity.”

Michael R. Jackson’s “A Strange Loop,” a theater meta-journey a few playwright writing a musical, gained the Tony for finest ebook of a musical. “MJ,” a bio musical of the King of Pop’s greatest hits, nabbed three Tony Awards together with for finest choreography.

“Take Me Out” gained for finest play revival, and “Modern Family” star Jesse Tyler Ferguson gained the Tony for finest featured actor in a play for his work in it. “Mom, Dad, thanks for letting me transfer to New York after 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 music “This Is Your Round of Applause,” which mashed up shards of musical theater favorites, like “Chicago, “The Wiz,” “Evita,” “Rent,” “Hair,” “Cabaret,” “Hairspray” and “West Side Story,” the film remake for which she not too long ago gained an Oscar.

Still panting whereas welcoming viewers, she informed the gang that this was the season “Broadway acquired it’s groove again.”

Phylicia Rashad gained for finest 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 great 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 Great White Way was now a nickname “versus a how-to information.”

DeBose additionally hailed the heroic efforts of understudies, swings and standbys to maintain exhibits 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.

Some of the present highlights included the large forged of “The Music Man” filling the large Radio City 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 lively “Smooth Criminal.” Billy Crystal taught the gang “Yiddish scatting.”

Many acceptance speeches thanked the audiences for braving spikes in COVID-19 to return to see exhibits, and Marsha Gay Harden cheered 150 security officers invited as company 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 music, “Set the Stage,” as he and Hough energetically danced up ladders, on laundry hampers and in sliding theater seats to have a good time the artists who maintain theater alive.

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

The revival of “Company” nabbed finest scenic design for a musical. Best orchestrations went to “Girl From the North Country.” “The Lehman Trilogy” gained for finest scenic design of a play and lighting design of a play.

“The Skin of Our Teeth” gained finest costumes for a play, “MJ” gained for choreography, finest lighting of a musical and sound design of a musical, whereas “Dana H.” gained for sound design of a play.

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

The telecast had performances from this yr’s Tony Award-nominated musicals, together with “A Strange Loop,” “Company,” “Girl from the North Country,” “MJ,” “Mr. Saturday Night,” “Music Man,” “Paradise Square” and “Six.” The authentic forged members of the 2007 Tony-winning musical “Spring Awakening” reunited for a efficiency.

Sondheim, the enduring composer who died in late 2021, was honored in a particular phase by Bernadette Peters singing his music “Children Will Listen.” 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 Strange Loop,” went into the present with a number one 11 Tony nominations. Right behind with 10 nominations every is “MJ,” a bio musical of the King of Pop stuffed together with his greatest hits, and “Paradise Square,” a musical about Irish immigrants and Black Americans jostling to outlive in New York City across the time of the Civil War.

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

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

Mark Kennedy is at http://twitter.com/KennedyTwits

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