2019 Tony Awards: Hadestown Mops the Floor with 8 Awards

The 73rd Annual Tony Awards that took place at New York City’s famed Radio City Music Hall on Sunday night.

The ceremony celebrated Broadway’s best performances of the year with some history-making rewards.

“Hadestown” Dominates With 14 Nominations and 8 Awards

The biggest winner of the night seems to be “Hadestown”, a musical based on the Orpheus and Eurydice myth, set partly in the underworld.

It is considered the most innovative new musical of its Broadway season, winning the Tony for best musical and taking home eight trophies, in total.

“If Hadestown stands for anything it’s that change is possible and, in dark times, spring will come again,” the producer Maria Isaacs said in her acceptance speech for best musical.

Another Tony went to Rachel Chavkin, the director of the musical, already beloved for bringing “Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812” to Broadway in 2016, making her the only woman nominated as a director of any show this season, and the fourth women to ever win a Tony for directing a musical.

Other Memorable Awards

Of all the winners Sunday night, the most significant belongs to Ali Stroker, who plays Ado Annie in the Tony-winning musical revival of “Oklahoma.”

By taking the award home for ground-breaking supporting actress, she became the first performer who uses a wheelchair to win the trophy, thus making the Tony’s history.

“This award is for every kid who is watching tonight who has a disability, who has a limitation or a challenge, who has been waiting to see themselves represented in this arena,” she said. “You are.”

Other musicals did not go home empty-handed.

“The Ferryman,” a sprawling Irish drama by the English writer Jez Butterworth, won the Tony for best new play. Santino Fontana, the star of “Tootsie,” received the award as best actor in a musical.

Stephanie J. Block won her first Tony for best performance by an actress in a leading role in a musical for “The Cher Show,” and Sergio Trujillo, the winner of best choreography for his work on “Ain’t Too Proud,” the musical celebrating The Temptations.


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