AceShowbiz - "Company" and "The Lehman Trilogy" have come out victorious at the 75th annual Tony Awards. Both shows led the winner list with five awards each during the ceremony which took place at the Radio City Music Hall in New York City on Sunday, June 12.
"Company", the revival of Stephen Sondheim's musical, aptly bagged the award for Best Revival of a Musical, edging out "Caroline, or Change" and "The Music Man", which stars Hugh Jackman and Sutton Foster.
Marianne Elliott was honored for directing the musical. In her acceptance speech, she acknowledged the existential challenges facing Broadway. "Our industry has been through so much," she said of the industry, which was ravaged due to the pandemic. "It felt at times that live theater was endangered." She went on to dedicate her prize to all of those "…fighting for the survival of this beautiful, transportive and essential art form."
Matt Doyle and Patti LuPone won Best Performance by a Featured Actor and Actress in a Musical respectively for their roles in "Company". The show additionally won Best Scenic Design of a Musical for Bunny Christie.
"The Lehman Trilogy" was honored as Best Play. Its star Simon Russell Beale nabbed Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play, defeating his own co-stars Adam Godley and Adrian Lester.
Sam Mendes also won a Tony Award for directing "The Lehman Trilogy", while Es Devlin took home Best Scenic Design of a Play for her work on the epic drama charting the history of one of the financial institutions that helped spark the 2008 recession. The show also took home Best Lighting Design of a Play for Jon Clark.
Deirdre O'Connell picked up Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play for her role as a Florida hospice chaplain who is held hostage in the wildly experimental drama, "Dana H". "Please let me standing here be a little sign to you from the universe to make the weird art," she said in her speech.
Meanwhile, Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical went to Myles Frost for his portrayal of the late Michael Jackson in "MJ", and Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical was snatched by Joaquina Kalukango who stars as Nelly O'Brien in "Paradise Square".
The 2022 Tony Awards was hosted by Oscar-winning actress Ariana DeBose. "What a season it's been," the "West Side Story" star said in her opening monologue. "For many of you it's been a roller coaster - starts, stops, dramatic twists and turns."
Full Winner List of 2022 Tony Awards