Tony Awards 2021 winners: Moulin Rouge! and The Inheritance take top honours

The Tony Awards were back after a year off due to the Covid-19 pandemic last year and Moulin Rouge! led the way with the musical winning 10 accolades, including best musical

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The Inheritance and Moulin Rouge! won the top awards at the long-awaited Tony Awards on Sunday evening.

The play about AIDS and the musical were the big achievers at the four-hour ceremony which helped to promote the return of live theatre following a disrupted 18 months due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Host Audra McDonald opened by saying: “Tonight feels like a homecoming. The lights are on, we are here, we are back.”

Last year’s event never took place due to the pandemic and many big shows, including Hamilton, The Lion King, and Wicked only reopened last month.

“It’s been over a year but the Tonys are here,” sang star of Hamilton, Leslie Odom Jr as he opened the TV special called Broadway’s Back.

The biggest winner on the night was Moulin Rouge! The Musical, which is based on the hit movie from 2001.

The show won 10 awards, including best musical, and the prize for best lead actor, which went to Aaron Tveit.

Andrew Burnap, winner of the award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play for The Inheritance


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One of the show’s co-producers, Carmen Pavlovic, said that every show at the ceremony deserved an award because of the turmoil over the last year and a half

The Inheritance, which is a portrait of gay life in the 21st century, was awards the best play gong as well as two other awards.

There was also an impassioned appeal from its playwright Matthew Lopez, who is of Puerto Rican heritage.

He said: “This is the 74th Tony Awards and yet I am only the first Latinate writer to win in this category.

“This must change. We are a vibrant community … We have so many stories to tell. They are inside of us, aching to come out.”

A Soldier’s Play, about the murder of a black officer on a US army base in 1944 was voted best play revival.

The TV special saw live song and dance performances throughout, including Jagged Litle Pill and Ain’t Too Proud.

Charlie Rosen, Matt Stine, Katie Kresek, and Justin Levine, winners of the award for Best Orchestrations for Moulin Rouge! The Musical


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Elsewhere, there were five awards for A Christmas Carol. Newcomer Adrienne Warren won best actress in a musical for playing rock singer Tina Turner in the excellent Tina – The Tina Turner Musical.

There are currently none of the Tony-nominated plays currently playing on Broadway and none plan to return. This comes after they were forced to close because of the pandemic or finish their runs shortly before it broke.

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