In the Press Room at the Tony Awards
Was this the best Tony Awards show in a long time? YES! Ratings were sensational.
James Corden, as host, played all major Broadway musical roles in an opening number that got a lot of audience laughs and, I’m sure, a lot of smiles from the millions of TV viewers. I guess he could have starred in all of them. “I could play any role I want, and no one could stop me!”
Outside the Beacon Theater fans saw Andrew Lloyd Webber on tambourine, Steve Martin on guitar, Edie Brickell singing – and just about every Tony nominee and cast members doing a song. The show outside was a definite hit!
There were heartfelt words from Frank Langella in his acceptance speech talking about the terrorist attack in Orlando, Fla. and references to his connection to his role in The Father.
Lin-Manuel Miranda is going down in history, as we speak, with a show that has taken 11 Tony Awards, with producer plans to open many more productions in the near and far future. Hamilton has created an extraordinary buzz that is well deserved! But watch for that $10 lottery ticket and keep trying. The thought of a now $849 premium ticket price . . . well, that doesn’t quite work with the typical family.
Renee Elise Goldsberry (Hamilton) was excited and just wants to live up to that Tony Award . . . no problem there!
Daveed Diggs (Hamilton) says kids are finding themselves watching the show. He speaks lovingly about aspiring to be like his father. In fact, he dressed for the occasion in an outfit his father would have worn years ago at his age.
The Best Play went to The Humans (4 out of 6 Awards), with Jayne Houdyshell winning Best Featured Actress in a Play and Reed Birney as Best Featured Actor in a Play.
How many did you guess right?
Take a listen to the video interviews for more insight and see some photos by www.TheaterPizzazz.com photographer JK Clarke.
Tony Winners’ List:
Author: Stephen Karam
Producers: Scott Rudin, Barry Diller, Roundabout Theatre Company, Fox Theatricals, James L. Nederlander, Terry Allen Kramer, Roy Furman, Daryl Roth, Jon B. Platt, Eli Bush, Broadway Across America, Jack Lane, Barbara Whitman, Jay Alix & Una Jackman, Scott M. Delman, Sonia Friedman, Amanda Lipitz, Peter May, Stephanie P. McClelland, Lauren Stein, The Shubert Organization, Joey Parnes, Sue Wagner, John Johnson, Roundabout Theatre Company, Todd Haimes, Harold Wolpert, Julia C. Levy, Sydney Beers
Producers: Jeffrey Seller, Sander Jacobs, Jill Furman, The Public Theater
Best Revival of a Play
Arthur Miller’s A View from the Bridge***
Producers: Scott Rudin, Lincoln Center Theater, Eli Bush, Robert G. Bartner, Roger Berlind, William Berlind, Roy Furman, Peter May, Amanda Lipitz, Stephanie P. McClelland, Jay Alix & Una Jackman, Scott M. Delman, Sonia Friedman, John Gore, Ruth Hendel, JFL Theatricals, Heni Koenigsberg, Jon B. Platt, Daryl Roth, Spring Sirkin, Joey Parnes, Sue Wagner, John Johnson, The Young Vic
Best Revival of a Musical
The Color Purple***
Producers: Scott Sanders Productions, Roy Furman, Oprah Winfrey, David Babani, Tom Siracusa, Caiola Productions, James Fantaci, Ted Liebowitz, Stephanie P. McClelland, James L. Nederlander, Darren Bagert, Candy Spelling, Adam Zotovich, Eric Falkenstein/Morris Berchard, Just for Laughs Theatricals/Tanya Link Productions, Adam S. Gordon, Jam Theatricals, Kelsey Grammer, Independent Presenters Network, Carol Fineman, Sandy Block, Menier Chocolate Factory Productions
Best Book of a Musical
Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre
Music & Lyrics: Lin-Manuel Miranda***
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play
Frank Langella, The Father***
Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play
Jessica Lange, Long Day’s Journey Into Night***
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical
Leslie Odom, Jr., Hamilton***
Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical
Cynthia Erivo, The Color Purple***
Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play
Reed Birney, The Humans***
Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play
Jayne Houdyshell, The Humans***
Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical
Daveed Diggs, Hamilton***
Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical
Renée Elise Goldsberry, Hamilton***
Best Scenic Design of a Play
David Zinn, The Humans***
Best Scenic Design of a Musical
David Rockwell, She Loves Me***
Best Costume Design of a Play
Clint Ramos, Eclipsed***
Best Costume Design of a Musical
Paul Tazewell, Hamilton***
Best Lighting Design of a Play
Natasha Katz, Long Day’s Journey Into Night***
Best Lighting Design of a Musical
Howell Binkley, Hamilton***
Best Direction of a Play
Ivo Van Hove, Arthur Miller’s A View from the Bridge***
Best Direction of a Musical
Thomas Kail, Hamilton***
Andy Blankenbuehler, Hamilton***
Alex Lacamoire, Hamilton***
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Recipients of Awards and Honors in Non-competitive Categories
Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre
Marshall W. Mason
Special Tony Award
National Endowment for the Arts
Regional Theatre Tony Award
Paper Mill Playhouse
Brian Stokes Mitchell
Tony Honors for Excellence in the Theatre
Sally Ann Parsons
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Tony Nominations by Production
Hamilton – 16 – Wins 11 Awards
The Humans – 6 – Wins 4 Awards