‘Moulin Rouge’ Musical Dominates Delayed Tony Awards Pandemic


September 26 (Reuters) – Musical “Moulin Rouge!” was the big winner of the Broadway Tony Awards on Sunday in a delayed ceremony that was also a celebration of the return of live theater to New York City after an unprecedented 18-month shutdown due to the pandemic.

“Tonight is like going back to basics,” said host Audra McDonald. “The lights are on, we’re here, we’re back.”

The annual awards show never took place in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic which interrupted live performances for 18 months. Most reopened only a few weeks ago.

After six nominations in his career, veteran Danny Burstein won his first Tony for his supporting role in “Moulin Rouge! The Musical”. The show, based on the 2001 film of the same name, won nine top awards, including lead actor Aaron Tveit, staging, costume and design.

“A Christmas Carol,” a musical adaptation of Charles Dickens’ novel, won five awards, while newcomer Adrienne Warren took home the award for Best Actress in a Musical for playing rock singer Tina Turner in “Tina – The Tina Turner Musical”.

“I want to thank Tina Turner for trusting me to bring her story home,” Warren said.

Special prizes were awarded to Talking Heads musician David Byrne for directing his “American Utopia” concert; Lin-Manuel Miranda’s improvised show “Freestyle Love Supreme”; and the anti-racist nonprofit Broadway Advocacy Coalition that fights to make theater more diverse.

Top prizes – for best play, best musical, and best cover of a play – will be presented later Sunday on a two-hour special designed to promote Broadway and get people to buy. again tickets. The public must be fully immunized and wear masks.

John Legend, Sir Andrew Lloyd-Webber, Kristin Chenoweth, Ben Platt, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Idina Menzel are among the stars who will be attending.

Many big shows, including “Hamilton,” “The Lion King,” and “Wicked” had emotional reopens earlier this month, marked with tears and joy on and off stage.

None of the Tony-nominated plays, including “Slave Play” on race and class, and “The Inheritance,” on the modern gay experience, are currently playing on Broadway or planning to return. “The Inheritance” won three first prizes, including Directing and Lead Actor Andrew Burnap.

Editing by Jacqueline Wong

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