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Tonys Latest: Patti LuPone Wins 3rd Career Award

Tonys Latest: Patti LuPone Wins 3rd Career Award

NEW YORK — The latest news on the Tony Awards (all local times):

8:30 p.m.

Patti LuPone won the third Tony of her illustrious career for her work in a cover of Stephen Sondheim’s “Company.”

The show is an exploration of a single person’s conflicted feelings about commitment, traditionally focusing on a 35-year-old bachelor. This time it was a bachelor party and the sexes of several couples were swapped.

LuPone plays Joanne, the acerbic character who sings the anthem “The Ladies Who Lunch”. She has a long history with the character and this legendary song in particular, performing “Ladies Who Lunch” at Sondheim’s 80th birthday concert.

LuPone won her first Tony for “Evita,” earned two more nominations for covers of “Anything Goes” and “Sweeney Todd” before winning her second award in 2008 for her performance as Rose in “Gypsy.”

For the latest Tony, LuPone defeated Jeannette Bayardelle on “Girl From the North Country”, Shoshana Bean on “Mr. Saturday Night”, Jayne Houdyshell of “The Music Man”, L Morgan Lee of “A Strange Loop” and Jennifer Simard of “Company”.

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8:10 p.m.

Host Ariana DeBose kicked off the Tony Awards and Jesse Tyler Ferguson took home the top acting award of the night.

DeBose, dressed in a sparkling white jumpsuit and wide-brimmed hat, danced and sang a song that crushed tunes from favorite musicals, like ‘Chicago’, ‘The Wiz’, ‘Evita’, ‘Rent’ , “Hair”, “Cabaret”. “, “Hairspray” and “West Side Story”, the remake of the film for which she won an Oscar.

Still breathless as she greeted viewers, she told the crowd that this was “Broadway got its groove back” season.

Moments later, Ferguson won the Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play for his work in the revival of “Take Me Out.”

“I can’t believe I can do this for a living,” Ferguson said, thanking his mom and dad for letting him move to New York to pursue his acting dream.

Richard Greenberg’s play is an exploration of what happens when a Major League Baseball superstar comes out as gay, tracing how it disrupts the team and unleashes toxic prejudice. Ferguson plays the superstar’s unsportsmanlike gay accountant.

Ferguson, a five-time Emmy-nominated star of television’s “Modern Family,” has had previous Broadway roles including “On the Town,” “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” and “Fully Committed.” This is his first Tony.

Ferguson beat Alfie Allen from “Hangmen”, Chuck Cooper from “Trouble in Mind”, Ron Cephas Jones from “Clyde’s” and two of his “Take Me Out” co-stars – Jesse Williams and Michael Oberholtzer.

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8 p.m.

Eleven Tony Awards were handed out on Sunday before the main TV broadcast, spreading the trophies across seven shows.

“Six: The Musical” won awards for Best Score and Best Costume Design for a Musical. The “Company” revival landed Best Scenic Design for a Musical. The best orchestrations went to “Girl From the North Country”. And “The Lehman Trilogy” won Best Scenic Design for a Play and Best Lighting Design for a Play.

“The Skin of Our Teeth” won Best Costume Design for a Play, “MJ” won Best Choreography, Best Lighting for a Musical and Sound Design for a Musical and “Dana H.” won for the sound design of a play.

The main event with host Ariana DeBose will begin live at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT on CBS.

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7:15 p.m.

Darren Criss and Julianne Hough kicked off an hour-long Tony Awards celebration at Radio City Music Hall, handing out mostly technical awards like Best Scenic and Lighting Design on Paramount+.

Hough and Criss opened their portion of the telecast with their original song, “Set the Stage,” celebrating the artists who bring theater to life.

The night’s top prize — for best score — went to “Six: The Musical,” with music and lyrics by Toby Marlow and Lucy Moss. Marlow is the first non-binary composer-lyricist to win a Tony.

A total of eight design prizes will be awarded with the highest score, as well as the prize for the orchestrations and the end with the choreography. The main event with host Ariana DeBose will begin live at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT on CBS.

“A Strange Loop,” a theatrical meta-journey about a playwright writing a musical, enters television with 11 Tony nominations. Close behind, with 10 nominations each, are “MJ,” a biographical musical by the King of Pop, and “Paradise Square,” a musical about Irish immigrants and black Americans who scramble to survive in New York City. the Civil War era.

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6:30 p.m.

It took playwright Michael R. Jackson nearly two decades to bring his musical “A Strange Loop” to Broadway and he says the recognition is a kind of validation.

“It’s wonderful. It feels like real validation of all the time, blood, sweat, tears that we put into this piece. I worked on this musical for almost 20 years, and so to be here after sticking to my guns is like such validation,” Jackson said on Tony’s red carpet.

In the musical, we meet the character Usher, an ill-fated playwright who breaks down as an usher in “The Lion King.” Usher is haunted by a chorus of Greek voices – his thoughts as well as homophobic family members – hammering, undermining and berating him. Jackson said there was a little Usher in him.

“Usher is a character that I definitely created to deal with some things that I was thinking about. But he grew so much beyond that and I grew so much beyond that,” he said. “Watching every night is really exciting because I’m looking at a work of art that I started from as a really formative period, which kind of grew into something bigger than any kind of personal experience that I had.”

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9 am

Darren Criss’ favorite night of the year has arrived. It’s the Tony Awards. “I’m never silent about the Tonys. I love the Tonys,” he says.

Criss won’t just be watching the Tonys on Sunday, he’ll be working as well. He’s co-host with Julianne Hough of an hour-long pre-Tony celebration at Radio City Music Hall, and he even wrote an original song about the show he’ll be performing, revealing “a bit of my nerdy inclinations. “.

Criss and Hough will cast the Creative Arts Tonys on Paramount+, then hand over hosting duties to Ariana DeBose for the main three-hour CBS TV show from the same stage, live coast-to-coast for the first time.

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