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Tony Awards 2019: Bryan Cranston wins Best Leading Actor as Oklahoma!’s Ali Stroker makes history

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Tony Awards 2019: Bryan Cranston wins Best Leading Actor as Oklahoma!’s Ali Stroker makes history on Broadway’s biggest night

Oklahoma!’s Ali Stroker, the first actress who needs a wheelchair for mobility known to have appeared on a Broadway stage, made history winning the Tony for Best Featured Actress at at the 73rd Tony Awards from New York City‘s Radio City Music Hall Sunday. 

In her speech, Stroker, who was injured in an auto accident at two-years-old, told the crowd, ‘This award is for every kid who is watching tonight who has a disability, a limitation, a challenge, who has been waiting to see themselves represented in this arena – you are!’ 

Network’s Bryan Cranston took home the Best Leading Actor in a Play honors, besting a talented field that included Paddy Considine (The Ferryman), Jeff Daniels (To Kill a Mockingbird), Adam Driver (Burn This), Jeremy Pope (Choir Boy).

Not mad as hell: Network's Bryan Cranston took home the Best Leading Actor in a Play honors at the 73rd Tony Awards from New York City's Radio City Music Hall Sunday

Oklahoma!'s Ali Stroker, the first actress who needs a wheelchair for mobility known to have appeared on a Broadway stage - made history winning the Tony for Best Featured Actress

Not mad as hell: Network’s Bryan Cranston took home the Best Leading Actor in a Play honors at the 73rd Tony Awards from New York City’s Radio City Music Hall Sunday

The Breaking Bad leading man jabbed President Donald Trump in his acceptance speech, saying, ‘The media is not the enemy of the people – demagoguery is the enemy of the people.’

James Corden, the host of CBS’s The Late Late Show and a Tony winner himself, was hosting the show, which honors theater professionals for distinguished achievement on Broadway. 

He opened the proceedings with a musical bit in which he sat on a couch singing about the merits of musicals, with the curtain behind him to reveal the packed crown at New York City’s Radio City Music Hall behind him.

The packed number included a cameo from Bryan Cranston, who Corden singled out as he headed to the bathroom. Corden later did a routine in which he coached nominees to put on a good losing face, singling out Broadway mainstays Kristin Chenoweth and Matt Bomer in the bit.

Speaking out: The Breaking Bad leading man jabbed President Donald Trump in his acceptance speech, saying, 'The media is not the enemy of the people - demagoguery is the enemy of the people'

Speaking out: The Breaking Bad leading man jabbed President Donald Trump in his acceptance speech, saying, ‘The media is not the enemy of the people – demagoguery is the enemy of the people’

Excalibur moment: In her speech, Stroker said, 'This award is for every kid who is watching tonight who has a disability, a limitation, a challenge, who has been waiting to see themselves represented in this arena - you are!'

Excalibur moment: In her speech, Stroker said, ‘This award is for every kid who is watching tonight who has a disability, a limitation, a challenge, who has been waiting to see themselves represented in this arena – you are!’

Long time coming: The celebrated performer has been on Broadway since 2015

Long time coming: The celebrated performer has been on Broadway since 2015 

Key role: Stroker plays Ado Annie Carnes in the Broadway production of Oklahoma!

Key role: Stroker plays Ado Annie Carnes in the Broadway production of Oklahoma! 

Big win: To Kill a Mockingbird's Celia Keenan-Bolger won the honors for Best Featured Actress in a Play

Big win: To Kill a Mockingbird’s Celia Keenan-Bolger won the honors for Best Featured Actress in a Play

Next up was a Temptations number from the musical Ain’t Too Proud. 

To Kill a Mockingbird’s Celia Keenan-Bolger won the honors for Best Featured Actress in a Play. 

Tina Fey and Jake Gyllenhaal presented the honors in the category, which also included nominees Fionnula Flanagan (The Ferryman), Kristine Nielsen (Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus), Julie White, Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus) and Ruth Wilson (King Lear). 

Showman: Host James Corden opened the proceedings with a musical bit in which he sat on a couch singing about the merits of musicals

Showman: Host James Corden opened the proceedings with a musical bit in which he sat on a couch singing about the merits of musicals

Entertaining: The late night host held nothing back in the clever number

 Entertaining: The late night host held nothing back in the clever number 

Production: Corden and company held nothing back with the exhilarating opening number

Production: Corden and company held nothing back with the exhilarating opening number 

Ink’s Bertie Carvel took home the Tony for Best Featured Actor in a Play, defeating Robin De Jesús (The Boys in the Band), Gideon Glick (To Kill a Mockingbird), Brandon Uranowitz (Burn This) and Benjamin Walker (All My Sons) for the honors.

The Waverly Gallery’s Elaine May captured the Best Leading Actress in a Play, edging out nominees Annette Bening (All My Sons), Laura Donnelly (The Ferryman), Janet McTeer (Bernhardt/Hamlet), Laurie Metcalf (Hillary and Clinton), and Heidi Schreck (What the Constitution Means to Me). 

The ceremony also included a live rendition from the Tootsie musical, and a monologue from playwright Jez Butterworth. 

Hadestown’s Andre De Shields won the honors for Best Featured Actor in a Musical prevailing over fellow nominees Andy Grotelueschen (Tootsie), Patrick Page (Hadestown), Jeremy Pope (Ain’t Too Proud), and Ephraim Sykes (Ain’t Too Proud). 

Center stage: Santino Fontana performed in a number from Tootsie at the show

Center stage: Santino Fontana performed in a number from Tootsie at the show 

Victory: Ink's Bertie Carvel took home the Tony for Best Featured Actor in a Play

Victory: Ink’s Bertie Carvel took home the Tony for Best Featured Actor in a Play

Smooth: The cast of the Temptations musical Ain't Too Proud wowed the crowd at the event

Smooth: The cast of the Temptations musical Ain’t Too Proud wowed the crowd at the event 

Hadestown’s Rachel Chavkin claimed the prize for Best Direction of a Musical, besting Scott Ellis (Tootsie), Daniel Fish (Oklahoma!), Des McAnuff (Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of the Temptations), and Casey Nicholaw (The Prom). 

Chavkin delivered an inspiring speech about inclusivity after her win. 

‘There are so many women who are ready to go,’ she said. ‘There are so many artists of color who are ready to go. And we need to see that racial diversity and gender diversity reflected in our critical establishment too. 

‘This is not a pipeline issue. It is a failure of imagination by a field whose job is to imagine the way the world could be. So let’s do it.’ 

Breaking for the bathroom: Corden singled out Bryan Cranston during his number, as the actor protested he was headed for the bathroom

Breaking for the bathroom: Corden singled out Bryan Cranston during his number, as the actor protested he was headed for the bathroom 

Banner evening: Oklahoma!'s Ali Stroker, seen in an in-show performance, made history with her victory at the ceremony

Banner evening: Oklahoma!’s Ali Stroker, seen in an in-show performance, made history with her victory at the ceremony 

Winner: Elaine May beamed as she accepted the Leading Actress in a Play award for The Waverly Gallery

Winner: Elaine May beamed as she accepted the Leading Actress in a Play award for The Waverly Gallery 

Next up was a live rendition from Beetlejuice, with the film’s Catherine O’Hara announcing the special performance. Other performances included the casts of Oklahoma!, The Prom, and Choir Boy, as well as a monologue from Taylor Mac. 

The Boys in the Band was named the winner in the Best Revival of a Play category, besting Arthur Miller’s All My Sons, The Waverly Gallery, Torch Song and Burn This. 

The Ferryman’s Sam Mendes won the Best Direction of a Play over Ink’s Rupert Goold, To Kill a Mockingbird’s Bartlett Sher, Network’s Ivo van Hove, and Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus’s George C. Wolfe. 

Anaïs Mitchell of Hadestown won for music and lyrics for Best Original Score, besting fellow nominees Eddie Perfect (Beetlejuice), Joe Iconis (Be More Chill), Matthew Sklar and Chad Beguelin (The Prom), David Yazbek (Tootsie) and Adam Guettel (To Kill a Mockingbird).

Passionate: Mart Crowley delivered an empowering speech collecting the win for The Boys in the Band for Best Revival of a Play

Passionate: Mart Crowley delivered an empowering speech collecting the win for The Boys in the Band for Best Revival of a Play

Recognition: Harold Wheeler was honored with a Tony for Lifetime Achievement in the Theater

Feted: Rosemary Harris addressed the audience after she was honored

Recognition: Harold Wheeler and Rosemary Harris were honored with Tony awards for Lifetime Achievement in the Theater 

Fan favorite: Taylor Mac delivered a brilliant monologue to the delight of the crowd

Fan favorite: Taylor Mac delivered a brilliant monologue to the delight of the crowd 

Jump for joy: Sergio Trujillo claimed the award for Best Choreography for Ain't Too Proud

Jump for joy: Sergio Trujillo claimed the award for Best Choreography for Ain’t Too Proud

Gleeful: David Stone and Ryan Murphy claimed the Best Revival of a Play award for The Boys in the Band

Gleeful: David Stone and Ryan Murphy claimed the Best Revival of a Play award for The Boys in the Band 

Oklahoma! defeated Kiss Me, Kate in the best musical revival category.

Network’s Bryan Cranston took home the Best Leading Actor in a Play honors, besting a talented field that included Paddy Considine (The Ferryman), Jeff Daniels (To Kill a Mockingbird), Adam Driver (Burn This), Jeremy Pope (Choir Boy).

The Breaking Bad leading man jabbed President Donald Trump in his acceptance speech, saying, ‘The media is not the enemy of the people – demagoguery is the enemy of the people.’

Top of the zeitgeist: Pose star Billy Porter emerged onstage in a red ensemble with sequins and tulle

Top of the zeitgeist: Pose star Billy Porter emerged onstage in a red ensemble with sequins and tulle 

Proud: Anaïs Mitchell of Hadestown won for music and lyrics for Best Original Score

Proud: Anaïs Mitchell of Hadestown won for music and lyrics for Best Original Score

Glittering: The Cher Show's Stephanie J. Block, who won Best Leading Actress in a Musical, wore an elaborate stage get-up during a performance

Glittering: The Cher Show’s Stephanie J. Block, who won Best Leading Actress in a Musical, wore an elaborate stage get-up during a performance 

Tootsie’s Santino Fontana claimed the honors for Best Leading Actor in a Musical, winning out over Oklahoma!’s Damon Daunno, Beetlejuice’s Alex Brightman, Ain’t Too Proud’s Derrick Baskin, and The Prom’s Brooks Ashmanskas. 

Stephanie J. Block of The Cher Show won Best Leading Actress in a Musical, beating out Caitlin Kinnunen and Beth Leavel (both in The Prom), Eva Noblezada in Hadestown and Kelli O’Hara in Kiss Me, Kate.

Hollywood A-listers Cranston, Driver, May and Daniels made the cut but some of their starry colleagues did not, including Kerry Washington, Armie Hammer, Ethan Hawke, Joan Allen, Michael Cera, Lucas Hedges and Keri Russell.    

2019 TONY NOMINEES

Best Musical

Ain’t Too Proud—The Life and Times of The Temptations

Beetlejuice

Hadestown

The Prom

Tootsie

Best Play

Choir Boy 

The Ferryman 

Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus 

Ink 

What the Constitution Means to Me   

Best Revival of a Musical

Kiss Me, Kate

Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Oklahoma!

Best Revival of a Play

Arthur Miller’s All My Sons

The Boys in the Band 

Burn This

Torch Song  

The Waverly Gallery 

Best Leading Actor 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 Leading Actress in a Play 

Annette Bening, All My Sons

Laura Donnelly, The Ferryman

Elaine May, The Waverly Gallery

Janet McTeer, Bernhardt/Hamlet

Laurie Metcalf, Hillary and Clinton

Heidi Schreck, What the Constitution Means to Me

Best Leading Actor in a Musical

Brooks Ashmanskas, The Prom

Derrick Baskin, Ain’t Too Proud

Alex Brightman, Beetlejuice

Damon Daunno, Oklahoma!

Santino Fontana, Tootsie

Best Leading Actress 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 Featured Actor 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 Featured Actress 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 Featured Actress in a Musical 

Lilli Cooper, Tootsie

Amber Gray, Hadestown

Sarah Stiles, Tootsie

Ali Stroker, Oklahoma!

Mary Testa, Oklahoma!

Best Featured Actor in a Musical 

Andre De Shields, Hadestown

Andy Grotelueschen, Tootsie

Patrick Page, Hadestown

Jeremy Pope, Ain’t Too Proud

Ephraim Sykes, Ain’t Too Proud

Best Book of a Musical

Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of the Temptations: Dominique Morisseau

Beetlejuice: Scott Brown and Anthony King

Hadestown: Anaïs Mitchell

The Prom: Bob Martin and Chad Beguelin

Tootsie: Robert Horn

Best Original Score

Beetlejuice, music and lyrics: Eddie Perfect

Be More Chill, music and lyrics: Joe Iconis  

Hadestown, music and lyrics: Anaïs Mitchell

The Prom, music by Matthew Sklar; lyrics by Chad Beguelin

Tootsie, music and lyrics: David Yazbek

To Kill a Mockingbird, music by Adam Guettel

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: The Life and Times of the Temptations

Casey Nicholaw, The Prom 

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: The Life and Times of the Temptations

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, To Kill a Mockingbird

Ann Roth, Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus

Best Costume Design of a Musical

Michael Krass, Hadestown

William Ivey Long, Tootsie

William Ivey Long, Beetlejuice

Bob Mackie, The Cher Show

Paul Tazewell, Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of the Temptations

Best Lighting Design of a Play

Neil Austin, Ink

Jules Fisher and 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: The Life and Times of the Temptations

Bradley King, Hadestown

Peter Mumford, King Kong

Kenneth Posner and Peter Nigrini, Beetlejuice

Best Sound Design in 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 in a Musical

Peter Hylenski, King Kong

Peter Hylenski, Beetlejuice

Steve Canyon Kennedy, Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of the Temptations

Drew Levy, Oklahoma!

Nevin Steinberg and Jessica Paz, Hadestown

Best Choreography

Camille A. Brown, Choir Boy

Warren Carlyle, Kiss Me, Kate

Denis Jones, Tootsie

David Neumann, Hadestown

Sergio Trujillo, Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of the Temptations

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: The Life and Times of the Temptations

Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theater

Rosemary Harris

Terrence McNally

Harold Wheeler

Isabelle Stevenson Award

Judith Light

Regional Theater Tony Award

TheatreWorks Silicon Valley

Special Tony Award

Marin Mazzie

Sonny Tilders and Creature Technology Company

Jason Michael Webb

Tony Honors for Excellence in the Theater

Broadway Inspirational Voices — Michael McElroy, Founder

Peter Entin

FDNY Engine 54, Ladder 4, Battalion 9

Joseph Blakely Forbes

 

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