The musical Hadestown was the big winner at Sunday's night's 73rd Tony Awards, taking home eight awards, including best musical, best director for Rachel Chavkin, and best featured actor in a musical for André De Shields, who played Hades in the modern interpretation of the Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice. The Ferryman, a drama about a man trying to escape violent past with the IRA, won four awards, including best play and best director for Sam Mendes.
Other notable winners included Oklahoma!'s Ali Stoker, whose best featured actress in a musical award makes her the first actor in a wheelchair to win a Tony; Elaine May, whose best leading actress in a drama award for The Waverly Gallery is the 87-year-old comedian's first-ever Tony; Bryan Cranston, who suggested he might retire from acting after winning his second Tony for his leading performance at Howard Beale in Network; Stephanie J. Block for best actress in a musical for The Cher Show; Santino Fontana for best actor in a musical for Tootsie; Celia Keenan-Bolger, who won best featured actress in a play for her role as Scout in Aaron Sorkin's staging of To Kill a Mockingbird; and the play The Boys in the Band, the best revival winner, a look at gay life that first debuted off-Broadway more than 50 years ago.
The Late Late Show's James Corden hosted this years Tonys, and while his presentation and skits were not overtly political, politics made an appearance in acceptance speeches. Cranston, for example, alluded to President Trump when he said that "the media is not the enemy of the people — demagoguery is the enemy of the people."
Dear Evan Hansen won the award for Best New Musical at the Tony Awards in New York City on Sunday night, along with five other trophies, making it the big winner of the 2017 theater awards ceremony. Oslo, a drama about the 1993 Middle East peace talks, won Best New Play. Hello, Dolly! won the prize for Best Musical Revival, while its star, Bette Midler, won her second Tony. Dear Evan Hansen, starring Ben Platt and written by Steven Levenson with songs by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, is about a lonely 17-year-old outsider and the fallout when he makes up a friendship with a classmate who committed suicide. Kevin Spacey hosted the awards show. You can find the full list of winners at Variety. Peter Weber
Fun Home won the award for best musical at the 69th Tony Awards on Sunday night, and the musical also won for best leading actor, Michael Cerveris, and best director. The King and I won best revival, and netted the first Tony (after five previous nominations) for lead actress Kelli O'Hara. On the non-musical side, the big winner Sunday was The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, which won best play and best leading actor for Alex Sharp. Helen Mirren won best leading actress in a play for her role in The Audience. You can find a full list of winners, plus some opinionated commentary, at The New York Times.Peter Weber