The 75th Tony Awards took place on Sunday, June 12 during a two-part television show held at Radio City Music Hall. The nominations were announced on May 9, 2022. Of the 34 eligible productions for Broadway’s 2021-2022 season, 29 garnered offers in 26 competitive categories.
All 13 eligible musicals and revival musicals earned at least one nomination. The Pulitzer Prize-winning musical “A Strange Loop” leads the way with 11 nominations, including Best Musical and for three of its actors. Two other new musicals – “MJ The Musical” and “Paradise Square” – are close behind with 10 offers each. Both earned spots in the top category for Best Musical and performed extremely well in the design categories. Among the four eligible musical covers, the late Stephen Sondheim‘s “Company” leads with nine nominations.
On the gaming side, “The Lehman Trilogy” leads the exceptional pack with eight nominations. The revival of “for colored girls” follows closely with seven applications. The nominators certainly split the wealth across the play categories, citing 16 of 21 new dramas and revivals in total, led by new works “Clyde’s” and “Hangmen” with five nominations; covers of “American Buffalo”, “Take Me Out” and “Trouble in Mind” with four; ‘Dana H.’, ‘How I Learned to Drive’, ‘Macbeth’, ‘POTUS’ and ‘Skeleton Crew’ with three; and “Lackawanna Blues”, “The Minutes” and “Plaza Suite” with one each.
Below, follow our live blog from the 2022 Tony Awards with updates throughout the four-hour show, including all of the winners.
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7:00 p.m. Welcome to the 75th Annual Tony Awards, where Darren Criss and Julianne Hough are helping us “set the stage” with an opening number to kick off the first hour of telecasting on Paramount+.
7:09 PM BEST ORIGINAL SCORE —Toby Marlow and Lucy Moss (“SIX”)
This category has been a draw all season for Tony. The catchy juggernaut “SIX” manages to shake up “A Strange Loop.” Toby Marlow and Lucy Moss‘ eye-catching take on the six wives of Henry VIII beat Michael R. JacksonPulitzer Prize-winning music and lyrics. He has the opportunity to take home a Tony tonight, however, for Best Music Book, where “SIX” was not nominated. This is the first victory for “SIX” of the evening.
7:13 PM BEST COSTUME DESIGN (PLAY) — Montana Levi Blanco (“The Skin of Our Teeth”)
Montana Levi Blanco wins his first Tony for his Broadway debut with the massive Lincoln Center Theater revival of Thornton Wilder“The skin of our teeth”. Blanco also helped design the costumes for the musical “A Strange Loop,” which will likely win Best Musical later tonight.
7:15 PM BEST COSTUME (MUSICAL) –Gabriella Slade (“SIX”)
Gabriella Slade wins her first Tony for her Broadway debut for her contemporary take on period dress for “SIX.” She recently won the Drama Desk Award for this work as well. This is the second victory for “SIX” of the evening.
7:20 PM BEST STAGE DESIGN (PLAY) — Es Devlin (“The Lehman Trilogy”)
Es Devlin wins the first Tony of his career for his amazing set of rotating glasses for “The Lehman Trilogy”. She has already collected offers for “Machinal” (2014) and “American Psycho” (2016). This is the first victory for “The Lehman Trilogy” of the evening.
7:21 PM BEST STAGE DESIGN (MUSICAL) — Bunny Christie (“Company”)
Christie Rabbit wins the second Tony of his career for his imaginative work on director Marianne Elliottthe revival of “Company”. She won her first award for a previous collaboration with Elliott on the play “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” (2015). She was already nominated three years ago for “Ink”. Christie also contributed costume design for “Company”. This is the first victory for “Company” of the evening. “Chris Harper pays my salary,” Christie joked in her acceptance speech, referring to Patti LuPoneThe removal of a customer who did not wear their mask correctly during a discussion after the show.
7:25 PM BEST LIGHTING DESIGN (PLAY) – Jon Clark (“The Lehman Trilogy”)
Jon Clark wins the first Tony of his career for ‘The Lehman Trilogy’ after already earning a nomination last season for ‘The Inheritance’. His previous credits also include “King Charles III” (2015) and the most recent cover of “Betrayal” (2019). This is the second victory for “The Lehman Trilogy” of the evening. Among the collaborators he thanks, he paid tribute to the new born Es Devlin for her “daring scenography”.
7:27 PM BEST LIGHTING DESIGN (MUSICAL) – Natasha Katz (“MJ the Musical”)
Natasha Katz wins the seventh Tony Award of his career in an upset against category leaders ‘Company’ and ‘A Strange Loop’, placing fourth in our official ratings. She last won in 2016 for “A Long Day’s Journey into Night” and the year before for “An American in Paris,” which marked another collaboration with the “MJ” director. Christophe Wheeldon. This is the first reward of the “GM” of the evening.
7:30 p.m. LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT —Angela Lansbury
Len Cariou Presents Lifetime Achievement Award to ‘Sweeney Todd’ Co-Star Angela Lansbury.
7:41 PM BEST SOUND DESIGN (PLAY) – Mikhail Fiksel (“Dana H.”)
Mikhail Fiksel surprises with a win for his sound design of “Dana H.” on the category favorite “The Lehman Trilogy”. The savvy predictors knew her work had an excellent chance of winning, since the entire show consists of her actress Deirdre O’Connell lip sync with live audio recordings Dana Higginbotham, so his work was both central and central to the success of the production. This is Fiksel’s Broadway debut, first nomination and first Tony win. Does this win bode well for O’Connell’s chances of upsetting in the Best Actress category?
7:43 PM BEST SOUND DESIGN (MUSICAL) — Gareth Owen (“MJ the Musical”)
Gareth Owen wins his first Tony after two previous nominations. His first came back in 2010 for “A Little Night Music” and he got his second two years later for “End of the Rainbow.” In addition to his award-winning work on “MJ,” he also did the sound design for Tony-nominated “Diana, The Musical.” This is the second victory of the “MJ” of the evening.
7:46 PM BEST ORCHESTRATIONS – Simon Hale (“Northern Country Girl”)
Simon Hale wins this award over favorites in the “Company” and “A Strange Loop” categories. He earned his first Tony nomination in 2019 for “Tootsie” and won his first award for reinventing the Bob Dylan songbook for a Broadway musical.
7:50 PM BEST CHOREOGRAPHY – Christopher Wheeldon (“MJ the Musical”)
Christophe Wheeldon wins the second of his career for his choreography interpreting the movement of the King of Pop michael jackson in “MJ the Musical”. He also directed the show and could take home another award tonight when that award is announced, though our odds predict the race comes down to “Company” vs. “A Strange Loop.” He had already won in 2015 for his choreography for “An American in Paris”, which he also directed and for which he received a nomination but did not win. This is the third victory for “MJ” of the evening.
With the first 11 awards from the ceremony now presented, “MJ the Musical” leads all shows with three trophies in hand ahead of the main broadcast. “SIX” is also hot on their heels with two wins. Could either of these two shows topple our top musical favorite “A Strange Loop,” which has so far failed to win any awards?
8:10 PM BEST FEATURED ACTOR (PLAY) – Jesse Tyler Ferguson (“Take Me Away”)
It was one of the most biting categories to predict this year. Jesse Tyler Ferguson won his first Tony in his first nomination after four Broadway appearances. He topped our ratings, but faced competition not only from the former winner chuck cooper (“Trouble in Mind”), but also two costars: jesse williams and Michel Oberholtzer. In 2003, Denis O’Hare won the award in this category for the same role of Mason Marzac that Ferguson plays in this revival.
8:24 PM BEST FEATURED ACTRESS (MUSIC) —Patti LuPone (“Company”)
In one of the biggest locks of the night, Broadway legend Patti LuPone wins the third Tony of his career for playing Joanne in “Company”. The actress sings Sondheim’s anthem “The Ladies Who Lunch” eight times a week with aplomb. She has eight nominations in total and has previously won for “Evita” in 1980 and “Gypsy” in 2008. After “War Paint”, LuPone vowed never to do a musical again due to their physical fatigue, but was attracted to form. for the opportunity to work with the director Marianne Elliott.
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