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The Humans was named best play at the Tony Awards on Sunday evening.
The show took home the top honor, beating out fellow nominated productions Eclipsed?, The Father? and ?King Charles III.
Producer Scott Rudin said in his acceptance of the award, “I loved this play. I was very proud to have the chance to do it.” He also acknowledged Roundabout Theatre Company, where the production originated off-Broadway. Of working with director Joe Mantello, Rudin added, “I would be remiss in taking this because by rights, it really belongs to Joe Mantello.”
Playwright Stephen Karam then took the microphone to give thanks to his family and offer some encouragement. “To anyone struggling with day jobs out there to make work that comes from your heart and your gut, keep the faith,” he said.
The Humans is set during a tense Thanksgiving gathering of a Pennsylvania family in their daughter’s Manhattan apartment. The comedy-drama features an ensemble of top-tier New York stage actors, including Cassie Back, Reed Birney, Jayne Houdyshell, Lauren Klein, Arian Moayed and Sarah Steele.
The play was nominated for six Tonys, winning featured actor honors for Birney and Houdyshell as well as set design for David Zinn. It is currently running at the Helen Hayes Theatre.
James Corden hosted the 70th annual Broadway awards show, which aired on CBS from New York City’s Beacon Theatre.
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