“Moulin Rouge! The Musical,” a splashy Broadway show based on the 2001 Best Buzz Luhrman movie, proved to be the big winner of the 2021 Tony Awards, winning the prestigious Best Musical Award.
Playwright Matthew Lopez’s “The Inheritance”, a two-part work examining gay life in America, was named Best Drama.
But the real winner of the evening could be Broadway itself, which conveyed a message to the world in the form of a song: “You can’t stop the beat.”
The rolling number from the 2002 musical “Hairspray” began at the event, which included both a traditional themed rewards program seen on ViacomCBS’s VIAC.
Paramount +, followed by a concert-style event called “Broadway’s Back”, appeared on CBS. The opening was intended to ensure that the industry, which was shut down in March 2020 due to the Kovid-1 pandemic epidemic, is on track to recover, with the favorite show returning and new openings in recent weeks.
At the same time, the awards, held at the Winter Garden Theater in the Times Square area of New York, represent something of a look back at pre-epidemic Broadway, as the nominated events were for the 2019-’20 season যার meaning some of them date two years earlier. Originally, the event was scheduled to take place in June 2020, but the health crisis forced it to be delayed. The American Theater Wing and the Broadway League, the two organizations behind the awards, have finally set the time for the event to coincide with the return of the industry.
“Moulin Rouge” won 10 Tony prizes, including manufacturing categories such as apparel, natural and light design. But perhaps most notably, if expected, the award was for Aaron Tavit, who was honored as the best lead actor in a musical for his “Moulin” performance. In Tveit’s case, however, he had only one rival – he was the only nominee in the category, but still needed 60% Tony voters to signal his approval.
A tearful Tveit accepted the award, noting the importance of theater for society: “We are privileged to do this … What we do changes people’s lives.”
A production of Charles Fuller’s “A Soldier’s Play,” a test of racial relations between the military, won the award for best revival of a play.
Kenny Leone, who directed “A Soldiers Play”, used the occasion to draw attention to Broadway’s need to adopt more color artists. It was an issue that resonated throughout the evening by awardees and recipients.
“Shakespeare has no conflict, Ibsen has no dissatisfaction, Chekhov, Shaw. They’re all at the table, but the table needs to be bigger, ”Leon said.