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Tony Awards 2021

TV Ratings: CBS’ ‘Broadway’s Back’ Tony Awards Special Struggles

The bulk of the Tony Awards on Sunday ran on Paramount+. The few awards presented on CBS, as part of a special called Broadway’s Back, didn’t draw much of an audience. The two-hour special — primarily a celebration of Broadway’s return after 18 months of shuttered shows, due to the COVID-19 pandemic — averaged 2.75 […]

Tonys Analysis: A Ceremony Better Late Than Never, But Still Too Late

What to say about the 74th Tony Awards, the ceremony held on Sunday night — Sept. 26, 2021 — in recognition of Broadway achievements during the 2019-2020 season prior to its interruption by COVID? Well, for those who were able to watch it in its entirety, it was apparently a thoroughly enjoyable event, highlighted by wins […]

Tonys: 12-Time Nominee ‘Slave Play’ Shut Out in Surprise

Jeremy O. Harris’ Slave Play made history when the nominations for the 2021 Tony Awards, celebrating the shortened 2019-2020 Broadway season, were announced almost a year ago. With 12 nods, it set the record for most nominations earned by a play. And a number of experts predicted the production would win at least a few […]

Bernadette Peters, Leslie Odom Jr. Spotlight COVID Impact During Tonys

Throughout the streamed 74th Tony Awards and its televised counterpart Broadway’s Back!, Leslie Odom Jr., Audra McDonald and more celebrated and reflected on the New York theater industry’s return following the 18-month pandemic shutdown. Due to the shutdown, the ceremony’s annual In Memoriam tribute was postponed. In response, two-time Tony winner Bernadette Peters honored those […]

Tonys: Audra McDonald, ‘The Inheritance’s’ Matthew Lopez, More Winners Push for Increased Broadway Inclusivity

The 2021 Tony Awards was peppered with calls for increased diversity as Broadway’s big night returned to New York as stage shows are resuming after being shut down for more than 18 months due to the coronavirus pandemic. Winners ranging from The Inheritance‘s Matthew Lopez, A Soldier’s Play‘s Kenny Leon and honoree the Broadway Advocacy […]

Special Tony Winners ‘American Utopia,’ Broadway Advocacy Coalition Celebrate Broadway Diversity, Pandemic Evolution

This year’s special Tony Award winners celebrated Broadway’s comeback and changes due to COVID, as well as its new commitment to diversity on stage and off during the 74th Tony Awards held Sunday night. David Byrne was the first to accept for American Utopia, with a brief and pointed speech noting the show’s evolution from […]

Lauren Patten Thanks Trans and Nonbinary ‘Jagged Little Pill’ Colleagues While Accepting Best Featured Actress in a Musical

Lauren Patten called attention to the conversations around Jagged Little Pill‘s gender non-conforming representation, thanking her nonbinary and trans colleagues while accepting the award for best featured actress in a musical at Sunday’s 74th Tony Awards. “It is such a joy to finally be able to celebrate all of these phenomenal artists in this room […]