Diablo won “Jagged” for Cody’s best book, and the best-featured actress was Lauren Patten, who brought the audience to power through Alanis Morriset’s show-stopping presentation of “You Know Oghta.” Patten’s performance has been the subject of some controversy, as some fans perceived the character as non-binary in pre-Broadway productions and were dissatisfied with how the role developed; The show’s producers said the character was “on a gender-wide journey without a known outcome.” In his welcome speech, Patten thanked “my trans and non-binary friends and colleagues who were involved in the difficult conversation with me and joined me in the dialogue about my character.”
Among the multiple awards won by “Moulin Rouge” were the first Tony for director, Alex Timbers, and the record eighth for costume designer Katherine Zuber. The show’s top man, Aaron Tevitt, won in an unusual way for the first time – he was the only nominee in his category, but to win he needed the support of those who voted for the ballistic ballots, which he received. He wept as he thanked the nominees and voters.
“Let’s continue to try to tell stories that represent a lot and not a few, for many and not a few, for many and not a few,” he said. “Because what we do changes people’s lives.”
None of the nominees for Best Musical Instrument had an original score, so for the first time that award went to a play – a new adaptation of Jack Thorne’s “A Christmas Carol” featuring music by Christopher Nightingale. She also won from Old Vic in London for her dazzling productions, landscape design, costume design, lighting design and sound design.
There was no best musical revival section this year, as the only one opened before the epidemic, “West Side Story,” was not seen by enough voters. It hasn’t even been seen by many theatergoers: its producers have decided not to reopen it.
Tony has won for the revival of Best Drama, a production of “A Soldiers Play” directed by Kenny Leone and produced by the nonprofit Roundabout Theater Company. Charles Fuller’s 1981 play about the murder of a black sergeant in the U.S. Army; It won a Pulitzer Prize when it was first published and later turned into a Hollywood film, but it did not make it to Broadway until 2020.
Produced by Blair Underwood and David Allan Greer. Greer picked up the first prize of the night for Best Actor in a Drama.