“Strange Loop,” a rude, sexually explicit work about Black and Violence took the best music award at the Tony Awards on Sunday, as voters celebrated a very different racially popular Broadway season by choosing a black voice to push the envelope.
Winner of Michael R. Jackson’s 2020 Pulitzer Prize drama is a meta-theater adventure – a fun journey about a black man writing a program about a black gay man. Jackson also won with the best book. Many late-night Tonys are broadcast on a number of productions.
Winning small, low-cost music compared to additional sales offerings continues with recent trends, such as close-knit music by “The Band’s Visit” defeating major “Frozen,” “Mean Girls” and “SpongeBob SquarePants” in 2018 or when “Hadestown” plays “Tootsie,” “Beetlejuice,” and “Ain’t Too Proud” a year later.
“A Strange Loop” won “MJ,” a bio of King Hots’ top bio, to win the top prize, although one of Jackson’s songs won four Tony awards, including singing. Myles Frost of the month walked away with the award for being the best actor in music by starring Michael Jackson, becoming the youngest winner to ever win in that category. “Mommy, I won!” he said.
“MJ” represents 22-year-old Frost who is playing for the first time on Broadway as he plays Jackson with a loud, whispering voice, Lady Diana-like sweetness and a powerful kiss on Jackson’s style of dancing and singing. “Heal the world,” Frost said on stage, calling Jackson.
Joaquina Kalukango won Tony as the leading musician for her work in “Paradise Square,” a show about Irish immigrants and Black Americans fighting for life in New York City during the Civil War. Earlier that night, she had rocked the house with an amazing rendition of the song “Let It Burn.”
Stephen Sondheim’s sex-oriented revival of the “Company” has delighted Broadway on the late composer by acquiring five recorded recordings, including a masterpiece of music.
“Company” is a test of one person’s conflicting feelings about commitment, traditionally focused on a 35-year-old boyfriend. In this case, he had a bachelorette party and the sex of several couples was exchanged.
Marianne Elliott recorded Tony’s record by being the only woman to win three Tony titles in a row, the latest of which was “Company.” He thanked Sondheim for allowing him to put the woman “in front and in the middle.” He has presented his award to everyone who strives to keep the theaters open.
Patti LuPone won the best music actor for his work in the revival, thanking the safety officials of COVID-19 in his welcoming speech. Matt Doyle won as the lead actor in the music of “Company.”
The “Lehman Trilogy,” a 150-year-old three-and-a-half-hour run, follows the wealth of one family in financial crisis in 2008. It was awarded as the best new game and Sam Mendes won by directing the game, praising the new game. a period of its “prevailing design”. One of its three stars, Simon Russell Beale, won as the main character in the play and thanked the audience for coming to see three British actors tell a New York story.
Deirdre O’Connell has won a leading role in the play for his work on “Dana H.,” about a real captive woman who was once a prisoner and a white premacist. O’Connell never mentions, instead, the synchronization of the lips with the planned recording of the survivor. On Sunday, O’Connell urged the crowd to ignore the safe options and “do strange art.”
“Take Me Out” won the best comedy revival, and “Modern Family” Jesse Tyler Ferguson won the Tony Award for Best Performance in theater for his work in it. “Mom, Dad, thank you for allowing me to move to New York when I was 17 years old. I told you it would be fine, ”said Ferguson, who also thanked his students and her husband.
Host Ariana DeBose kicked off part of the show with a shiny white jumpsuit and wide-brimmed hat, dancing and singing “This Is Your Round of Applause,” featuring favorite theater pieces, such as “Chicago,“ Wiz, ”and Evita , ”“ Rent, ”“ Hair, ”“ Cabaret, ”“ Hairspray ”and“ West Side Story, ”a recent Oscar-winning film.
With a sigh as he greeted the audience, he told the crowd that this was the time “Broadway has found it back.”
Phylicia Rashad won the best character in the “Skeleton Crew.” Dominique Morisseau’s play is about the insecurities of a green-collar work set in a Detroit automated imprint plant. “It’s a pleasure to introduce humanity to its full potential,” said Rashad.
And the Tonys brought in the latest EGOT winner: Jennifer Hudson, with Emmy, Grammy and Oscar, and joined that special group on Sunday when “A Strange Loop” won top music – a producer.
The star-studded revival of the old show “The Music Man” with Hugh Jackman and Sutton Foster went viral despite being nominated for six and being a box office smash, often earning more than $ 3 million a week.
The season has been marked by the kissing of seven black playwriters, from contemporary writers such as Dominique Morisseau, Keenan Scott II and Antoinette Nwandu, to acclaimed playwrights such as Alice Childress and Ntozake Shange. DeBose said Broadway was very representative.
DeBose celebrated Black’s voice and stage talent – as well as noting that the two Broadway theaters were renamed with Black icons James Earl Jones and Lena Horne – saying the Great White Way is now a nickname “unlike the directing method.”
DeBose also commended the students’ heroic efforts, swinging and waiting to keep the shows moving in the midst of the epidemic, noting that he and many other Tony nominees had been uneducated and inconsistent students. After the “Six” players did, DeBose noticed that one was filling in at the last minute.
After being released from managing the technical awards, the main television broadcast felt a little, cool. DeBose was a proven, funny and versatile host, who roamed the chairs, sat on Andrew Garfield’s lap, danced with Sam Rockwell and inspired Laurence Fishburne to imitate Daffy Duck. He closed the program with a series of musical nominees, sometimes performing “MJ” as part of Dylan’s program: “He was hit by a / rolling stone.”
Some of the highlights of the show include the main characters of “The Music Man” filling the Radio City stage with “Seventy-Six Trombones,” and Prince Jackson and Paris Jackson presenting a program about their father before the “MJ” cast dances. in the enthusiastic “Smooth Criminal”.
Billy Crystal taught the crowd “Yiddish scatting,” and the first characters of Tony’s 2007-winning “Spring Awakening” – which included Lea Michele and Jonathan Groff – reunited to play.
Many welcoming speeches thanked the audience for their bravery on the COVID-19 to see the shows, and Marsha Gay Harden delighted the 150 security officials invited as guests to the Tonys.
Earlier, Darren Criss and Julianne Hough started four-hour awards, awarding several design awards. Criss turned on the radio with her debut single, “Set the Stage,” as she and Hough danced up and down the stairs, to the laundry ceilings and sliding theater chairs to celebrate the artists who kept the theater alive.
The first prize of the night – for the best score – went to “Six: The Musical,” with music and lyrics by Toby Marlow and Lucy Moss. Marlow became the first non-compiler of non-binary lyrics to beat Tony. “Six: The Musical” also won an award for best musical costume.
The season – with 34 new products – is set to return to the theater after almost two years of official pandemic closure. In the final Tonys nine months ago, the winners were eliminated from just 18 qualifying games and music, and many competing categories were eliminated.
Sondheim, a famous composer who died in late 2021, was honored in a special section by Bernadette Peters singing her song “Children Will Obey.” Angela Lansbury, Tony’s lifelong successor, was absent and his “Sweeney Todd” star Len Cariou welcomed him to his post.
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