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Tony Awards | ‘Kimberly Akimbo,’ Tom Stoppards’ ‘Leopoldstadt among winners on writerless Tony Awards night – TheFantasyTimes

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By Jitin Gambhir

The Tony Awards ceremony took place on Sunday despite the Writers Guild of America strike. Winners included “Kimberly Akimbo,” a story about a teenager who ages in reverse, and Tom Stoppard’s autobiographical “Leopoldstadt.” The event was hosted by Tony and Academy Award-winner Ariana DeBose for the first time at the United Palace in Washington Heights, northern Manhattan.

The ceremony relied heavily on musical performances from the nominated shows, with a dance performance in tribute to the recipients of the 2023 lifetime achievement awards, Joel Grey, and John Kander. Several winners, including Patrick Marber, who won the best director of a play for “Leopoldstadt,” expressed support for the strike during their acceptance speeches.

Tony Awards | ‘Kimberly Akimbo,’ Tom Stoppards’ ‘Leopoldstadt among winners on writerless Tony Awards night

Marber commented that the evening was going well without writers, as actors are great improvisers, and it was fun. However, he added that he wouldn’t like it to become a trend. “Kimberly Akimbo” won the best musical award over splashier, higher-budget productions such as “New York, New York” and “Some Like It Hot.” Victoria Clark won her second Tony Award for her role as the title character in “Kimberly Akimbo.”

The best play award went to “Leopoldstadt,” which also won the 2020 Olivier Award in London for best new play. It follows the experiences of a Jewish Viennese family over 50 years. Sean Hayes won the best lead actor in a play award for his role as Oscar Levant in “Goodnight, Oscar.”

J. Harrison Ghee and Alex Newell made Tony Awards history by becoming the first two openly nonbinary actors to win. Ghee won the best actor in a leading role in a musical for “Some Like It Hot,” and Newell won for the best actor in a featured role in a musical for the portrayal of brassy Lulu in “Shucked.”

“When I saw the script,” Ghee said, “I saw an opportunity to be an inspiration, to be that representation, to be someone who could be a part of people’s lives where they could see themselves and grow and learn and live and expand, and it’s not something I take lightly. It’s something that I cherish and it’s a dream come true, truly.” Jodie Comer won the best actress in a play award for her role as brilliant barrister Tessa in the one-woman tour-de-force “First Face.”

Michael Arden won the best direction of a musical award for the revival of “Parade,” while “Topdog/Underdog” won the Tony for the best revival of a play. A pre-show hosted by actors Julianne Hough and Skyler Astin was streamed on the free platform Pluto TV, where most of the Tonys were awarded in technical categories. The pre-show included the award for the best regional theater, which went to the Pasadena Playhouse, and the Isabelle Stevenson Award, which went to director and choreographer Jerry Mitchell.

Kimberly Akimbo,” about a teenager who ages in reverse, and Tom Stoppards’ autobiographical “Leopoldstadt” were among the winners Sunday as the Tony Awards went on despite the Writers Guild of America strike.

The three-hour telecast on CBS was hosted by Tony- and Academy Award-winner Ariana DeBose. Held for the first time at the United Palace in Washington Heights in northern Manhattan, it leaned heavily on musical performances from the nominated shows, and other numbers including a dance performance in tribute to the recipients of the 2023 lifetime achievement awards, Joel Grey and John Kander.

Patrick Marber, who won best director of a play for “Leopoldstadt,” was among several winners who used their acceptance speeches to express support for the strike.

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Marber added the evening was going well without writers because “actors are great improvisers and yeah, it’s fun. I wouldn’t like it to become a trend, but I’m not surprised.”

Kimberly Akimbo” won best musical, beating out splashier, higher-budget productions such as “New York, New York” and “Some Like It Hot.” Victoria Clark picked up her second Tony Award for her role as the title character in “Kimberly Akimbo.” Clark won a Tony in 2005 for “The Light in the Piazza.”

Best play “Leopoldstadt,” which also won the 2020 Olivier Award in London for best new play, follows the experiences of a Jewish Viennese family over 50 years.

Sean Hayes won best lead actor in a play for his role as Oscar Levant in “Goodnight, Oscar.”

J. Harrison Ghee and Alex Newell made Tony Awards history as the first two openly nonbinary actors to win. Ghee won best actor in a leading role in a musical for “Some Like It Hot,” and Newell won for best actor in a featured role in a musical for the portrayal of brassy Lulu in “Shucked.”

“When I saw the script,” Ghee said, “I saw an opportunity to be an inspiration, to be that representation, to be someone who could be a part of people’s lives where they could see themselves and grow and learn and live and expand, and it’s not something I take lightly. It’s something that I cherish and it’s a dream come true, truly.”

Jodie Comer won best actress in a play for her role as brilliant barrister Tessa in the one-woman tour-de-force “First Face.”

Michael Arden won for best direction of a musical for the revival of “Parade.”

Topdog/Underdog” won the Tony for best revival of a play.

Michael Arden won for best direction of a musical for the revival of “Parade.”

During a pre-show hosted by actors Julianne Hough and Skyler Astin and streamed on the free platform Pluto TV, Tonys were awarded mostly in technical categories. The pre-show included the award for best regional theater, which went to the Pasadena Playhouse, and the Isabelle Stevenson Award, which went to director and choreographer Jerry Mitchell.

 

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