“The Boys in the Band” received the award for Best Revival of a Play at the 73rd Annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on Sunday making 83-year-old playwright Mart Crowley the oldest playwright to win the award.
The play tells the story of a group of gay friends who gather together to celebrate a friend’s birthday in pre-Stonewall New York City. It opened off-Broadway in 1968. For the play’s 50th anniversary, the production was revived in 2018 with co-producer Ryan Murphy and director Joe Mantello.
The openly gay revival cast included Matt Bomer, Jim Parsons, Zachary Quinto, Andrew Rannells, Charlie Carver, Robin de Jesús, Brian Hutchison, Tuc Watkins and Michael Benjamin Washington.
Murphy is also planning a film adaptation for Netflix featuring the Broadway cast.
Crowley dedicated the award to the original cast in his acceptance speech.
“I’d like to dedicate the award to the original cast of nine brave men, who did not listen to their agents when they were told that their careers would be finished if they did this play,” Crowley said. “They did it, and here I am.”
“Hadestown” was the big winner of the evening, which was hosted by James Corden, coming in with eight wins.
Bisexual actress Ali Stoker, also known for her work on “The Glee Project,” won Best Featured Actress in a Musical for portraying Ado Annie in the “Oklahoma!” revival.
Stephanie J. Block won Best Actress in a Musical for playing Cher in “The Cher Show.” Legendary costume designer Bob Mackie and longtime Cher collaborator also won Best Costume Design in a Musical for “The Cher Show.” Cher celebrated the multiple wins with an emotional tweet.
I CANNOT STOP JUMPING, CRYING,LAUGHING,….I FEEL LIKE I WON AN AWARD‼️ NOT EVEN SURE IF I CAN USE EMOJIS. STEPHANIE,BESIDES ME…YOU ARE THE“ BEST ME”💋 BOB I LOVED YOU THE MOMENT I SAW YOU❤️ BEST ACTRESS IN MUSICAL = STEPHANIE J BLOCK BEST COSTUME DESIGN BOB MACKIE pic.twitter.com/Lsha8FhKQX— Cher (@cher) June 10, 2019
Gay winners continued to dominate the night with Robert Horn winning Best Book of a Musical for “Tootsie,” Sergio Trujillo winning Best Choreography for The Temptations musical “Ain’t Too Proud” and André DeShields winning Best Featured Actor in a Musical for Broadway hit “Hadestown.”
The Tonys included some starring looks including Billy Porter who rocked the rainbow-backdropped red carpet, which honored World Pride, with a Celestino Couture created from the velvet curtains of “Kinky Boots.” Porter won a Tony Award for starring in the musical in 2013. The outfit is reportedly meant to resemble women’s reproductive organs in a stand for abortion rights.
View this post on InstagramHunties, the Tony Awards just got gayer! 🏳️🌈 Thank you to @kinkybootsbway and @scenerybags for hooking me up with this curtain. #pride #broadway. ⠀ ⠀ Style: @sammyratelle for @rrrcreative Agency Styling Assistants: @ashleymarienyc & @theetanishawilliams ⠀ Grooming: @lasonyagunter⠀ Manicurist: @courtneyfosterbeauty⠀ Custom Dress: @celestinocouture ⠀ Fine Jewelry: @oscarheyman ⠀ Custom Shoes: @orelbrodtdesigns⠀ Custom Bag: @emmkuony Custom Eyewear: @mercuranyc A post shared by Billy Porter (@theebillyporter) on
“The Prom” cast also performed and included the kiss that made history at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade for being the first same-sex kiss to air on the televised parade.
Check out the list of winners below.
Best Play “Choir Boy” “Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus” “Ink” “The Ferryman” “What the Constitution Means to Me”
Best Musical “Ain’t Too Proud” “Beetlejuice” “Hadestown” “The Prom” “Tootsie”
Best Revival of a Play “All My Sons” “Burn This” “The Boys in the Band” “The Waverly Gallery” “Torch Song”
Best Revival of a Musical Kiss Me, Kate “Oklahoma!”
Best Book of a Musical “Ain’t Too Proud” by Dominique Morisseau “Beetlejuice” by Scott Brown and Anthony King “Hadestown” by Anaïs Mitchell “The Prom” by Bob Martin and Chad Beguelin “Tootsie” by Robert Horn
Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre “Be More Chill” by Joe Iconis “Beetlejuice” by Eddie Perfect “Hadestown” by Anaïs Mitchell “The Prom” by Matthew Sklar and Chad Beguelin “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Adam Guettel “Tootsie” by David Yazbek
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play Paddy Considine, “The Ferryman” Bryan Cranston, “Network” Jeff Daniels, “To Kill a Mockingbird” Adam Driver, “Burn This” Jeremy Pope, “Choir Boy”
Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play Annette Bening, “All My Sons” Laura Donnelly, “The Ferryman” Elaine May, “The Waverly Gallery” Laurie Metcalf, “Hillary and Clinton” Janet McTeer, “Bernhardt/Hamlet” Heidi Schreck, “What the Constitution Means to Me”
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical Brooks Ashmanskas, “The Prom” Derrick Baskin, “Ain’t Too Proud” Alex Brightman, “Beetlejuice” Damon Daunno, “Oklahoma!” Santino Fontana, “Tootsie”
Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical Stephanie J. Block, “The Cher Show” Caitlin Kinnunen, “The Prom” Beth Leavel, “The Prom” Eva Noblezada, “Hadestown” Kelli O’Hara, “Kiss Me, Kate”
Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play Bertie Carvel, “Ink” Robin De Jesús, “The Boys in the Band” Gideon Glick, “To Kill a Mockingbird” Brandon Uranowitz, “Burn This” Benjamin Walker, “All My Sons”
Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play Fionnula Flanagan, “The Ferryman” Celia Keenan-Bolger, “To Kill a Mockingbird” Kristine Nielsen, “Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus” Julie White, “Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus” Ruth Wilson, “King Lear”
Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical André De Shields, “Hadestown” Andy Grotelueschen, “Tootsie” Patrick Page, “Hadestown” Jeremy Pope, “Ain’t Too Proud” Ephraim Sykes, “Ain’t Too Proud”
Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical Lilli Cooper, “Tootsie” Amber Gray, “Hadestown” Sarah Stiles, “Tootsie” Ali Stroker, “Oklahoma!” Mary Testa, “Oklahoma!”
Best Scenic Design of a Play Miriam Buether, “To Kill a Mockingbird” Bunny Christie, “Ink” Rob Howell, “The Ferryman” Santo Loquasto, “Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus” Jan Versweyveld, “Network”
Best Scenic Design of a Musical Robert Brill and Peter Nigrini, “Ain’t Too Proud” Peter England, “King Kong” Rachel Hauck, “Hadestown” Laura Jellinek, “Oklahoma!” David Korins, “Beetlejuice”
Best Costume Design of a Play Rob Howell, “The Ferryman” Toni-Leslie James, “Bernhardt/Hamlet” Clint Ramos, “Torch Song” Ann Roth, “Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus” Ann Roth, “To Kill a Mockingbird”
Best Costume Design of a Musical Michael Krass, “Hadestown” William Ivey Long, “Beetlejuice” William Ivey Long, “Tootsie” Bob Mackie, “The Cher Show” Paul Tazewell, “Ain’t Too Proud”
Best Lighting Design of a Play Neil Austin, “Ink” Jules Fisher + Peggy Eisenhauer, “Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus” Peter Mumford, “The Ferryman” Jennifer Tipton, “To Kill a Mockingbird” Jan Versweyveld and Tal Yarden, “Network”
Best Lighting Design of a Musical Kevin Adams, “The Cher Show” Howell Binkley, “Ain’t Too Proud” Bradley King, “Hadestown” Peter Mumford, “King Kong” Kenneth Posner and Peter Nigrini, “Beetlejuice”
Best Sound Design of a Play Adam Cork, “Ink” Scott Lehrer, “To Kill a Mockingbird” Fitz Patton, “Choir Boy” Nick Powell, “The Ferryman” Eric Sleichim, “Network”
Best Sound Design of a Musical Peter Hylenski, “Beetlejuice” Peter Hylenski, “King Kong” Steve Canyon Kennedy, “Ain’t Too Proud” Drew Levy, “Oklahoma!” Nevin Steinberg and Jessica Paz, “Hadestown”
Best Direction of a Play Rupert Goold, “Ink” Sam Mendes, “The Ferryman” Bartlett Sher, “To Kill a Mockingbird” Ivo van Hove, “Network” George C. Wolfe, “Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus”
Best Direction of a Musical Rachel Chavkin, “Hadestown” Scott Ellis, “Tootsie” Daniel Fish, “Oklahoma!” Des McAnuff, “Ain’t Too Proud” Casey Nicholaw, “The Prom”
Best Choreography Camille A. Brown, “Choir Boy” Warren Carlyle, “Kiss Me, Kate” Denis Jones, “Tootsie” David Neumann, “Hadestown” Sergio Trujillo, “Ain’t Too Proud”
Best Orchestrations Michael Chorney and Todd Sickafoose, “Hadestown” Simon Hale, “Tootsie” Larry Hochman, “Kiss Me, Kate” Daniel Kluger, “Oklahoma!” Harold Wheeler, “Ain’t Too Proud”