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Entertainment 'Moulin Rouge!', 'The Inheritance' win biggest Tony Awards as Broadway shows off its best

09:35  27 september  2021
09:35  27 september  2021 Source:   reuters.com

The Tony Awards return after longest Broadway shutdown in history

  The Tony Awards return after longest Broadway shutdown in history The Tony Awards return after longest Broadway shutdown in history The 74th annual Tony Awards were held at the Winter Garden Theatre in New York on Sunday. Broadway's biggest night handed out awards for performances occurring between 26 April 2019 and 19 February 2020, as theatres were forced to close due to Covid-19 restrictions.

And the win by Danny Burstein meant his first Tony after seven nominations, this one for supporting actor in a musical for his portrayal of the impresario in “ Moulin Rouge !” His victory arrived after a year of loss: His wife, actress Rebecca Luker, died in December of ALS. The hyperactive, exuberantly theatrical “ Moulin Rouge !” — which had its official Broadway opening more than two years ago, in the summer of 2019 — was the anticipated winner in a truncated and underwhelming category. It would have held more drama with some of the new musicals that didn’t make the covid-curtailed deadline

Broadway ’s Moulin Rouge ! The Musical and The Inheritance were named outstanding musical and play of the 2019-20 theater season by New York’s Drama League, the organization announced today. The 86th Annual Drama League Awards – announced virtually in lieu of an in-person gathering Chosen by the Drama League’s nationwide organization of theater artists, industry professionals and audience members, this year’s award winners also include Moulin Rouge ! actor Danny Burstein (Distinguished Performance Award ); Broadway ’s A Soldier’s Play (Outstanding Revival of a Play)

By Jill Serjeant

Matthew Lopez poses on the red carpet as he arrives for the 74th Annual Tony Awards in New York © Reuters/ANDREW KELLY Matthew Lopez poses on the red carpet as he arrives for the 74th Annual Tony Awards in New York

(Reuters) -AIDS play "The Inheritance" and musical "Moulin Rouge!" won the top honors at Broadway's Tony Awards on Sunday in a four-hour ceremony that promoted the return of live theatre and called for better opportunities for Black writers and performers.

"Tonight feels like a homecoming," said host Audra McDonald. "The lights are on, we are here, we are back."

The annual awards show was never held in 2020 because of the coronavirus pandemic that shut down live performances for 18 months.

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Tony Awards Live Updates: ‘ Moulin Rouge !’ Wins Best Musical. “ The Inheritance ” won best play and “A Soldier’s Play” won best revival of a play. Many awards were handed out in an earlier ceremony. Image. Daniel J. Watts, a Tony nominee for “Tina,” performed a spoken-word tribute to the Broadway Advocacy Coalition, which received a special Tony Award for its work on racial justice. He was joined by the dancer Jared Grimes — with whom he began the performance with a brief, energetic tap dance, before quickly shifting to a more somber tone — and singers from Broadway

Moulin Rouge ! the Musical won 10 awards at the long-delayed 74th Tony Awards , which were finally presented on Sunday (Sept. 26). The Tonys were originally slated to air on June 10, 2020 but were delayed because of COVID-19 and the resulting shutdown of Broadway . The Musical did even better at the Tonys than Baz Luhrmann's 2001 film Moulin Rouge ! did at the Oscars. (It helps that musicals and dramas have separate categories at the Tonys , whereas they must compete with each other at the Oscars.) The film received eight nominations, including best picture and best actress for

Many of the big shows, including "Hamilton," "The Lion King," and "Wicked" had emotional reopenings earlier this month marked by tears and joy both on and off stage. Audiences must be fully vaccinated and masks are required.

74th Annual Tony Awards in New York © Reuters/ANDREW KELLY 74th Annual Tony Awards in New York

"It's been over a year but the Tonys are here," sang "Hamilton" star Leslie Odom Jr, opening the TV special called "Broadway's Back" that featured appearances by stars ranging from John Legend and Jake Gyllenhaal to Chita Rivera and Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber.

74th Annual Tony Awards in New York © Reuters/ANDREW KELLY 74th Annual Tony Awards in New York

"Moulin Rouge! The Musical," based on the 2001 movie, won 10 awards, including best musical, and for lead actor Aaron Tveit. [L1N2QS0IB]

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Moulin Rouge ! swept the board at the 2021 Tony awards , picking up 10 trophies during a ceremony that also acted as a celebration of the return of Broadway . The adaptation of Baz Luhrmann’s 2001 Oscar- winning musical, which reopened on 24 September, became the first Australian-produced show to win The awards come amid the official reopening of Broadway , after an unprecedented downtime as a result of the pandemic which also led to a cancellation of the 2020 ceremony. Matthew Lopez’s Broadway transfer of his emotional seven-hour Aids drama The Inheritance was named best play

The 74th Tony awards were hosted by Hamilton star Leslie Odom Jr. (Left to right): Darlene Love, Matthew Morrison, Marissa Jaret Winokur, Chester Gregory, and Kerry Butler kicked off the night with a Producers Bill Damaschke and Carmen Pavlovic went home with the award for best musical for Moulin Rouge ! Playwright Matthew Lopez accepts the Tony for best play for The Inheritance .

Carmen Pavlovic, a co-producer of "Moulin Rouge!," said every show deserved to get an award after the punishing last 18 months, including "the shows that opened, the shows that closed not to return, the shows that nearly opened, and of course the shows that paused and were fortunate enough to be reborn."

"The Inheritance," a portrait of gay life in the 21st century, was named best play and won 2 other Tonys. It also brought an impassioned appeal from its playwright Matthew Lopez, who is of Puerto Rican heritage.

"This is the 74th Tony Awards and yet I am only the first Latinate writer to win in this category," said Lopez. "This must change. We are a vibrant community ... We have so many stories to tell. They are inside of us, aching to come out."

"A Soldier's Play," about the murder of a black officer on a U.S. army base in 1944," was voted best play revival. Yet it was a disappointing night for "Slave Play," a provocative show about race and sexuality that went into Sunday's ceremony with a leading 12 nominations, but won none of them.

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And he did. Tveit, 37, won for his performance as Christian, the besotted bohemian at the heart of “ Moulin Rouge ! The Musical,” which is adapted from the 2001 Baz Luhrmann film. In accepting his award , he said, “We are so privileged to get to do this, to be on Broadway , to have a life in the Tveit arrived on Broadway as a heartthrob, playing the love interests in “Hairspray” (as a replacement Link Larkin) and “Wicked” (as a replacement Fiyero). His breakout came in 2009, when he starred as a dead adolescent, Gabe, in the hit show “Next to Normal”; he followed that up with a starring role as the con

The 74th Tony Awards are set for Sunday night, honoring the best achievements of the 2019-2020 Broadway season. The show will employ a unique format, beginning with an award ceremony hosted by singer and Best Play. "Grand Horizons" – Bess Wohl. " The Inheritance " – Matthew Lopez. "Sea Wall/A Life" Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical. Aaron Tveit – " Moulin Rouge !

"The table's got to be bigger," said Kenny Leon, director of "A Soldier's Play," saying Broadway needs to do better to elevate Black voices.

The anti-racism non-profit Broadway Advocacy Coalition that fights to make theatre more diverse, was given an honorary award.

The TV special saw live song and dance performances from many shows, including "Jagged Litle Pill," "Ain't Too Proud," "American Utopia," and Idina Menzel and Kristen Chenoweth, the original stars of "Wicked."

"A Christmas Carol," a stage adaptation with music of the Charles Dickens novel, won five awards, while newcomer Adrienne Warren won best actress in a musical for playing rock singer Tina Turner in "Tina - The Tina Turner Musical."

None of the Tony-nominated plays are currently playing on Broadway or plan to return, after closing because of the pandemic or finishing their runs shortly before it broke.

(Editing by Jacqueline Wong)

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