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A Strange Loop was named Best Musical of the 2022-23 Broadway season, and in two of the bigger surprises of the night, Joaquina Kalukango of Paradise Square and newcomer Myles Frost of MJ took best acting honors.
Actress Joaquina Kalukango won the Best Actress in a Musical Tony Award for her performance in Paradise Square, edging out frontrunner Caroline, Or Change star Sharon D Clarke.
Deirdre O’Connell was named Best Actress In A Play for her compelling performance in Dana H., a play that used actual recordings of a kidnapping victim and featured O’Connell lip-syncing to the tapes.
The Lehman Trilogy took tonight’s Tony Award for Best Play, with co-author Ben Power thanking director Sam Mendes and everyone else who stuck with the play for the 577 days between the “fourth preview and fifth preview” – referencing the time the show was shut down due to the Covid pandemic.
Company producer Chris Harper, stated that he was honored to pay Patti LuPone’s salary, during his acceptance speech after winning a Tony Award for Best Musical Revival.
Matt Doyle, won the Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Musical. Doyle thanked, among others, Stephen Sondheim, Company composer, specifically pointing out the late Broadway genius for reworking, with director Marianne Elliott, the 1970 musical to encompass gay characters.
The win segued into a tribute to Sondheim, who died last November, with a beautiful performance of “Children Will Listen” from Into the Woods, performed by the composer’s frequent collaborator and muse, Bernadette Peters.
Take Me Out, the revival of the Richard Greenberg play that won widespread critical acclaim was named the Best Revival of a Play by Tony voters tonight.
Sam Mendes and Marianne Elliott both received Tony award wins for directing in ‘The Lehman Trilogy’ and ‘Company,’ respectively. While Patti LuPone won the Best Featured Actress/Musical for her performance in Company and Phylicia Rashad won Best Featured Actres/Play for Skeleton Crew.
Jesse Tyler Ferguson won the Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play for his performance in Take Me Out, beating out co-stars Jesse Williams and Michael Oberholtzer.
The 75th Annual Tony Awards, airing live coast-to-coast from New York’s Radio City Music Hall on CBS and Paramount+, is being hosted by Ariana DeBose.
Up Your Geek will update this post as winners are announced. See below for nominees, and the creative arts winners announced during the Paramount+ pre-show:
A Strange Loop
Joaquina Kalukango, Paradise Square
Miles Frost, MJ
Deirdre O’Connell, Dana H.
Simon Russell Beale, The Lehman Trilogy
The Lehman Trilogy
Best Revival of a Musical
Best Book of a Musical
A Strange Loop Michael R. Jackson
Best Featured Actor/Musical
Matt Doyle, Company
Take Me Out
Best Featured Actress/Play
Phylicia Rashad, Skeleton Crew
Marianne Elliott, Company
Sam Mendes, The Lehman Trilogy
Best Featured Actress/Musical
Patti LuPone, Company
Best Featured Actor/Play
Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Take Me Out
WINNERS ANNOUNCED DURING ‘ACT ONE’ PRE-SHOW
Christopher Wheeldon, MJ
Simon Hale, Girl From The North Country
Best Sound Design of a Play
Mikhail Fiksel, Dana H.
Best Sound Design of a Musical
Gareth Owen, MJ
Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre
Six: The Musical Music and Lyrics: Toby Marlow & Lucy Moss
Best Costume Design of a Play
Montana Levi Blanco, The Skin of Our Teeth
Best Costume Design of a Musical
Gabriella Slade, SIX: The Musical
Best Scenic Design of a Play
Es Devlin, The Lehman Trilogy
Best Scenic Design of a Musical
Bunny Christie, Company
Best Lighting Design of a Play
Jon Clark, The Lehman Trilogy
Best Lighting Design of a Musical
Natasha Katz, MJ