There have been a few iconic Broadway musicals in the past decade. Dear Evan Hansen brought awareness to mental health issues. Hamilton showcased American history in a way fans have never seen before. The Tony’s awarded their next “Best Musical,” and fans are not surprised. Here is who won the 2019 Tony Award for “Best Musical.”
This article contains spoilers from the Tony Awards!
The 2019 Tony Awards took place on June 2019 in New York City
As one of the most important nights for live theater, the Tony Awards aired on CBS on June 9, 2019. Hosted by James Corden, this year’s Tony Awards included a few surprise cameos — we love you, Neil Patrick Harris — and the most highly anticipated awards in theatre.
This year made theater history, awarding Ali Stroker, an actress with a disability, the Tony Award for “Best Featured Actress in a Musical.” This year also awarded Hadestown eight Tony Awards,
Hadestown, featuring actors like Reeve Carney and André De Shields, tells the story of Greek mythology, but with a twist. It arrived at Broadway in spring 2019 and shares with audiences a compelling love story. How far are these characters are willing to travel, even to the underworld, for those they love?
Fans congratulated the cast
Hadestown won awards throughout the night and fans on Twitter congratulated the cast. The cast performed “Wait For Me” live some said this performance was to show off Reeve Carney’s talent. Others commented on the cast’s overall performance.
“Can I have the fates from Hadestown sing at me in those tight harmonies as I’m making all my life decisions? Who am I? And what will I do when the chips are down?” tweeted one fan.
Another fan recognized the writer behind the musical, tweeting, “just sitting in my hotel room in California getting misty thinking about how Anaïs Mitchell wrote Hadestown as a concept record a DECADE ago and how long she’s had to shape and craft this single piece of art and keep hammering away at it and look at her baby now!!!!!
“Thank you American Theatre wing for recognizing a powerful story with proper representation and people who have a genuine love for a genuine message and ART. Congratulations @hadestown. I’m coming. Wait for me,” tweeted Rachel Zegler, the actress playing Maria in Steven Spielberg’s rebooted West Side Story.
This wasn’t the only Tony win for ‘Hadestown’
Hadestown won eight Tony Awards at this year’s award ceremony, making it one of the most-awarded musicals of the night. The most notable award they earned was “Best Musical.” Past productions that won this award include Dear Evan Hansen, Hamilton, and The Book of Mormon.
Other Awards Hadestown won includes “Best Director,” given to Rachel Chavkin, “Best Score,” given to Anaïs Mitchell, and “Best Scenic Design” given to Rachel Hauck.
Hadestown actor André De Shields won the Tony Award for “Best Featured Actor in a Musical.” This is the 73-year-old’s first Tony Award win, however, he was nominated for two Tony Awards previously, in 1997 for Play On! and in 2001 for The Full Monty.
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