Race, sexual politics and the underworld in spotlight at Broadway's Tony awards

Carla Harmon
June 10, 2019

The production also picked up the awards for best scenic design and best costume design.

Rachel Chavkin, the only woman to helm a new Broadway musical this season, won the Tony for best director of a musical for "Hadestown".

Stroker, who performs in a wheelchair due to a spinal injury, first drew national attention as a contestant on The Glee Project and later when she became the first actress in a wheelchair to perform on Broadway in the revival of Spring Awakening. "It is a failure of imagination", she told the audience.


Bryan Cranston won his second Tony for his erupting-volcano characterization of mad-prophet news anchor Howard Beale in Ivo van Hove's multimedia "Network". "Demagoguery is the enemy of the people". For those Broadway fans who can't make it to see the big event in person, though, the action will also be broadcast live for you to enjoy from comfort of your coach.

James Corden (L) and Julia Carey attend the 73rd Annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall in New York City, June 09, 2019.

The victor for best play was "The Ferryman, " British playwright Jez Butterworth's sprawling epic about a farm family in Northern Ireland in 1981 endangered by the Irish Republican Army, which is determined to keep them silent about the murder of a family member.


The best actor in a musical Tony went to Santino Fontana for "Tootsie", the hit show based on the 1982 movie, while Stephanie J. Block took home the lead actress award playing music legend Cher in "The Cher Show".

Ali Stroker accepts the Featured Actress in a Musical award for "Rodgers & Hammerstein's Oklahoma!" at the 73rd Annual Tony Awards on Sun., June 9, 2019. The award for best revival of a play went to "The Boys in the Band, " Mart Crowley's groundbreaking 1968 play about gay life.

Veteran stage actress Rosemary Harris and playwright Terrence McNally were presented with special Tony awards for lifetime achievement in theater.


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