Playbill.com reports, “The Inheritance, a play by David Henry Hwang and the lead musical by Stephen Schwartz and Lynn Ahrens, took home the Best Musical award. It beat out Carousel, Carousel, Fully Committed, Mary Poppins Returns, My Fair Lady, Quasimodo, and Summer: The Donna Summer Musical. Hwang, best known for ‘Moulin Rouge!’ and ‘Chinglish,’ whose other works include “God of Carnage’ and ‘Golden Child,’ told reporters ‘It’s just really wonderful to get something you worked on for so long recognized by the whole world. I never thought I would ever have another Tony,’ he added. ‘The stakes were so high, so it’s wonderful to see that it can actually be an actual prize.”
Playbill reports, “Paddington 2’s popular character Paddington won Best Actor for his portrayer Ben Whishaw. As well as Whishaw, Les Miserables’ Michael Ball won for Best Actor in a Musical and Playwright Richard Greenberg won Best Original Screenplay for A Doll’s House, Part 2. The play by Lucas Hnath won Best Revival of a Play, beating out A Doll’s House, Part 2 and Oslo. Stanley Tucci won Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play. He plays Nora’s acerbic father in the original adaptation. Other winners include Ariel Winter for Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play and John Douglas Thompson for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play.”
Playbill also reports, “Swansong earned two honors for Sarah Jones, who was recognized for Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play and Best Direction of a Play. The musical also went home with Best Choreography by Thoroughly Modern Millie’s Andy Blankenbuehler. It beat out Fun Home, Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812, and SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical.”
Playbill describes the story of Moulin Rouge!, “It begins in the nineteenth century and follows two women. One is Jérome, a fashionably ill, extravagant woman in a satirical Moulin Rouge, a mask designed to disguise one’s terrible personal and physical condition in the souks of the 19th-century Marrakech, a city that rarely leaves the news.”
David Henry Hwang was interviewed by PLAYBILL and told the media at the 2019 Tony Awards, “Today I think we all know that Trump is a vulgar, evil president. I think all of us know that for people of color and immigrant families this was a particularly difficult year to see how our country actually can change.”
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