Monday, October 3, 2022

The 2021 Tony Award Winners

By Matt Neglia 

Last night, the Tony Awards returned after being pushed off last year due to the pandemic. The nominees were still the same (and in some categories, there were fewer than usual). Still, last night was more of a celebration as many within the theatre community proudly proclaimed “Broadway Is Back” with many extravagant musical numbers, inspiring speeches, and celebrating the art form many love and hold dear to their hearts. To say it was a memorable and special evening is an understatement. The Next Best Theatre team will be returning soon with a podcast to discuss their thoughts on the evening but until then, click below to see last night’s complete list of winners!

Best Play
“The Inheritance” – Matthew Lopez
“Grand Horizons” – Bess Wohl
“Sea Wall/A Life” – Simon Stephens and Nick Payne
“Slave Play” – Jeremy O. Harris
“The Sound Inside” – Adam Rapp

Best Musical
“Moulin Rouge! The Musical”
“Jagged Little Pill”
“Tina: The Tina Turner Musical”

Best Revival of a Play
“A Soldier’s Play”
“Betrayal”
“Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune”

Best Book of a Musical
Diablo Cody – “Jagged Little Pill”
John Logan – “Moulin Rouge! The Musical”
Katori Hall, Frank Ketelaar, and Kees Prins – “Tina: The Tina Turner Musical”

Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play
Andrew Burnap – “The Inheritance”
Ian Barford – “Linda Vista”
Jake Gyllenhaal – “Sea Wall/A Life”
Tom Hiddleston – “Betrayal”
Tom Sturridge – “Sea Wall/A Life”
Blair Underwood – “A Soldier’s Play”

Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play
Mary-Louise Parker – “The Sound Inside”
Joaquina Kalukango – “Slave Play”
Laura Linney – “My Name Is Lucy Barton”
Audra McDonald – “Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune”

Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical
Aaron Tveit – “Moulin Rouge! The Musical”

Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical
Adrienne Warren – “Tina: The Tina Turner Musical”
Karen Olivo – “Moulin Rouge! The Musical”
Elizabeth Stanley – “Jagged Little Pill”

Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Play
David Alan Grier – “A Soldier’s Play”
Ato Blankson-Wood – “Slave Play”
James Cusati-Moyer – “Slave Play”
John Benjamin Hickey – “The Inheritance”
Paul Hilton – “The Inheritance”

Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Play
Lois Smith – “The Inheritance”
Jane Alexander – “Grand Horizons”
Chalia La Tour – “Slave Play”
Annie McNamara – “Slave Play”
Cora Vander Broek – “Linda Vista”

Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical
Danny Burstein – “Moulin Rouge! The Musical”
Derek Klena – “Jagged Little Pill”
Sean Allan Krill – “Jagged Little Pill”
Sahr Ngaujah – “Moulin Rouge! The Musical”
Daniel J. Watts – “Tina: The Tina Turner Musical”

Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical
Lauren Patten – “Jagged Little Pill”
Kathryn Gallagher – “Jagged Little Pill”
Celia Rose Gooding – “Jagged Little Pill”
Robyn Hurder – “Moulin Rouge! The Musical”
Myra Lucretia Taylor – “Tina: The Tina Turner Musical”

Best Direction of a Play
Stephen Daldry – “The Inheritance”
David Cromer – “The Sound Inside”
Kenny Leon – “A Soldier’s Play”
Jamie Lloyd – “Betrayal”
Robert O’Hara – “Slave Play”

Best Direction of a Musical
Alex Timbers – “Moulin Rouge! The Musical”
Phyllida Lloyd – “Tina: The Tina Turner Musical”
Diane Paulus – “Jagged Little Pill”

Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics Written for the Theatre)
Christopher Nightingale (music) – “A Christmas Carol”
Paul Englishby (music) – “The Inheritance”
Fitz Patton and Jason Michael Webb (music) – “The Rose Tattoo”
Lindsay Jones (music) – “Slave Play”
Daniel Kluger (music) – “The Sound Inside”

Best Choreography
Sonya Tayeh – “Moulin Rouge! The Musical”
Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui – “Jagged Little Pill”
Anthony Van Laast – “Tina: The Tina Turner Musical”

Best Scenic Design of a Play
Rob Howell – “A Christmas Carol”
Bob Crowley – “The Inheritance”
Soutra Gilmour – “Betrayal”
Derek McLane – “A Soldier’s Play”
Clint Ramos – “Slave Play”

Best Scenic Design of a Musical
Derek McLane – “Moulin Rouge! The Musical”
Riccardo Hernández and Lucy MacKinnon – “Jagged Little Pill”
Mark Thompson and Jeff Sugg – “Tina: The Tina Turner Musical”

Best Costume Design of a Play
Rob Howell – “A Christmas Carol”
Dede Ayite – “Slave Play”
Dede Ayite – “A Soldier’s Play”
Bob Crowley – “The Inheritance”
Clint Ramos – “The Rose Tattoo”

Best Costume Design in a Musical
Catherine Zuber – “Moulin Rouge! The Musical”
Emily Rebholz – “Jagged Little Pill”
Mark Thompson – “Tina: The Tina Turner Musical”

Best Lighting Design of a Play
Hugh Vanstone – “A Christmas Carol”
Jiyoun Chang – “Slave Play”
Jon Clark – “The Inheritance”
Heather Gilbert – “The Sound Inside”
Allen Lee Hughes – “A Soldier’s Play”

Best Lighting Design of a Musical
Justin Townsend – “Moulin Rouge! The Musical”
Bruno Poet – “Tina: The Tina Turner Musical”
Justin Townsend – “Jagged Little Pill”

Best Sound Design of a Play
Simon Baker – “A Christmas Carol”
Paul Arditti and Christopher Reid – “The Inheritance”
Lindsay Jones – “Slave Play”
Daniel Kluger – “Sea Wall/A Life”
Daniel Kluger – “The Sound Inside”

Best Sound Design of a Musical
Peter Hylenski – “Moulin Rouge! The Musical”
Jonathan Deans – “Jagged Little Pill”
Nevin Steinberg – “Tina: The Tina Turner Musical”

Best Orchestration
Katie Kresek, Charlie Rosen, Matt Stine and Justin Levine – “Moulin Rouge! The Musical”
Tom Kitt – “Jagged Little Pill”
Ethan Popp – “Tina: The Tina Turner Musical”

You can follow Matt and hear more of his thoughts on the Tonys & Theatre on Twitter at @NextBestPicture

Matt Neglia
Matt Negliahttps://nextbestpicture.com/
Obsessed about the Oscars, Criterion Collection and all things film 24/7. Critics Choice Member.

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