The 2019 Tony Awards Ceremony (73rd annual) took place on June 9 and was hosted by comedian James Corden (who is highly well-known for his celebrity “carpool karaoke.”)
Hadestown won the most awards among all categories: Best Direction of a Musical, Best Original Score Written for the Theatre, Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical, Best Scenic Design of a Musical, Best Lighting Design of a Musical, Best Sound Design of a Musical, Best Orchestrations, AND Best Musical.
As far as other winners, let’s start with those of the different categories of “Best Performances” by an actor:
Bryan Cranston won Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play for his portrayal of failing news anchor Howard Beale in Broadway’s Network, which closed on June 8. His runner-up was (name). The show has been described as an “immersive multimedia spectacle.”
Runner-Ups: Adam Driver (Burn This), Jeremy Pope (Choir Boy), Jeff Daniels (To Kill a Mockingbird), Paddy Considine (The Ferryman).
Santino Fontana (some may know him best for voicing the villain, Hans, in the Disney animated film Frozen) Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical for his role in Tootsie (the winner of “Funniest New Musical,” “Best Direction of a Musical,” and “Best Book of a Musical”). In the show, Fontana plays an unemployed actor who is willing to go to ridiculous extents to succeed, including disguising himself as a female to succeed as a Broadway star.
Runner-Ups: Brooks Ashmanskas (The Prom), Derrick Baskin (Ain’t Too Proud), Alex Brightman (Beetlejuice), Damon Daunno (Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Oklahoma)
The winner of “Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role” in a Play was Bertie Carvel from Ink. Carvel portrays Rudolph Murdoch who purchases a news publication, The Sun, and recruits a group of outrageous reporters to overthrow competing organizations.
Runner-Ups: Robin De Jesús (The Boys in the Band), Gideon Glick (To Kill a Mockingbird), Brandon Uranowitz (Burn This), Benjamin Walker (Arthur Miller’s “All My Sons”).
Andre De Shields took home the award for “Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical.” In Hadestown (which won “Best Musical” and “Best Original Score Written for the Theatre” this year), the actor, director and educator stars as Hermes in a show (adapted from Anaïs Mitchell’s 2010 folk opera) about Greek mythological lovers Orpheus and Eurydice.
Runner-Ups: Andy Grotelueschen, (Tootsie), Patrick Page, (Hadestown), Jeremy Pope (Ain’t Too Proud – The Life and Times of the Temptations),
Ephraim Sykes (Ain’t Too Proud – The Life and Times of the Temptations).
Onto the ladies:
The Cher Show‘s leading lady, Stephanie J. Block, won “Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical.” This Broadway production details the life and career of the “Goddess of Pop” herself. Block, who portrays Cherilyn Sarkisian La Piere Bono Allman (publicly known as “Cher”), has won two Tony awards in the past, one Drama Desk and several nominations over the years for Broadway and Off-Broadway performances.
Runner-Ups: Caitlin Kinnunen (The Prom), Beth Leavel (The Prom), Eva Noblezada (Hadestown), Kelli O’Hara (Kiss Me Kate).
Ali Stroker won “Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical” for her performance as Ado Annie in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Oklahoma! When she made her Broadway debut in Spring Awakening, she became the first actor in a wheelchair to make such an appearance. In addition to the stage, she has made television appearances including the musical drama Glee.
Runner-Ups: Lilli Cooper (Tootsie), Amber Gray (Hadestown), Sarah Stiles (Tootsie), Mary Testa (Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Oklahoma!).
This year’s “Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play” was Celia Keenan-Bolger, who played Scout Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird.
Runner-Ups: Kristine Nielsen (Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus) Julie White (Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus), Ruth Wilson (King Lear) Fionnula Flanagan (The Ferryman).
As for non-human categories, the winners and runner-ups are as follows:
Sam Mendes’ The Ferryman won the award for “Best Direction of a Play.” Mendes also won “Best Director” for the Shakespearean-inspired thriller production.
Runner-Ups: Bartlett Sher, “To Kill a Mockingbird), Ivo van Hove, “Network” George C. Wolfe, “Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus” Rupert Goold, “Ink”
Tootsie, whose leading man Santino Fontana won “Best Performance by an Actor in a Musical,” took home the award for “Best Book of a Musical.” It details the life of an aspiring (or, rather, one who is starving to be) Broadway star and his adventures in cross-dressing off stage.
Runner-Ups: Dominique Morisseau’s “Ain’t Too Proud – The Life and Times of the Temptations,” Scott Brown & Anthony King’s “Beetlejuice,” Anaïs Mitchell’s “Hadestown,” and Bob Martin & Chad Beguelin’s “The Prom”