2021 Tony Awards: The Complete Winners List

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Raise the curtain, lower the lights and ready your Lin-Manuel Miranda lip bite, because Broadway is back and so are the Tony Awards.

Yes, the 74th annual ceremony finally aired on Sunday night, more than 15 months after it was originally scheduled, following a period of major upheaval around the world ― including in the theater industry, which shuttered in March 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Heading into the night, the Alanis Morissette jukebox musical “Jagged Little Pill” led the pack with 15 nominations, but it was the stage adaptation of the 2001 Baz Luhrmann film “Moulin Rouge! The Musical” that ultimately came out on top. After sweeping the technical categories early in the telecast, “Moulin Rouge” scored a best direction trophy for Alex Timber and a featured acting Tony for Danny Burstein. Then ― unsurprisingly, since he was the only one nominated in the category ― Aaron Tveit won for best leading actor in a musical. And when it came time hand out the best musical award, “Moulin Rogue” once again trounced its competition.

As for plays, Jeremy O. Harris’ “Slave Play” was poised to dominate after amassing 12 nominations, the most for any play in the history of the Tonys, but in the end it was completely shut out at the ceremony. Instead, the two-part AIDS drama “The Inheritance,” inspired by E.M. Forster’s “Howards End,” took home four trophies, including a surprise win for best play.

The much-delayed show spanned four hours across two separate televised events taking place live at New York City’s Winter Garden Theater. Dubbed “The Tony Awards Present: Broadway’s Back,” this year’s ceremony began with an awards presentation streamed on Paramount+, followed by a two-hour concert special where the night’s top three prizes ― best play revival, best play and best musical ― were unveiled on CBS.

To guide viewers through the admittedly confusing affair, previous winners Leslie Odom Jr. and Audra McDonald — who was also nominated this year for best leading actress in a play — hosted the show.

This year’s Tonys were engineered to celebrate more than just a Broadway season cut short. The show also featured a slate of nostalgia-inducing performances, in addition to the numbers highlighting the casts of each nominated musical. There was Jennifer Holliday honoring the 40th anniversary of “Dreamgirls”; a John Legend-assisted number with the company of “Ain’t Too Proud”; a reunion of the cast of “Hairspray”; the stylings of Miranda’s “Freestyle Love Supreme” group; and Idina Menzel belting her heart out alongside “Wicked” co-star Kristin Chenoweth. Ah yes, nature and Broadway are healing.

Check out the complete list of nominees and winners below.

Best Musical

WINNER: “Moulin Rouge!”

“Jagged Little Pill”

“Tina – The Tina Turner Musical”

Best Play

“Grand Horizons”

WINNER: “The Inheritance”

“Sea Wall/A Life”

“Slave Play”

“The Sound Inside”


Best Revival of a Play

“Betrayal”

“Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune”

WINNER: “A Soldier’s Play”


Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical

WINNER: Aaron Tveit, “Moulin Rouge! The Musical”


Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play

Ian Barford, “Linda Vista”

WINNER: Andrew Burnap, “The Inheritance”

Jake Gyllenhaal, “Sea Wall/A Life”

Tom Hiddleston, “Betrayal”

Tom Sturridge, “Sea Wall/A Life”

Blair Underwood, “A Soldier’s Play”


Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical

Karen Olivo, “Moulin Rouge!”

Elizabeth Stanley, “Jagged Little Pill”

WINNER: Adrienne Warren, “Tina: The Tina Turner Musical”

Sean Allan Krill, “Jagged Little Pill”

Sahr Ngaujah, “Moulin Rouge! The Musical”

Daniel J. Watts, “Tina: The Tina Turner Musical”

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play

Joaquina Kalukango, “Slave Play”

Laura Linney, “My Name is Lucy Barton”

Audra McDonald, “Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune”

WINNER: Mary-Louise Parker, “The Sound Inside”

Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical

WINNER: Danny Burstein, “Moulin Rouge! The Musical”

Derek Klena, “Jagged Little Pill”

Sean Allan Krill, “Jagged Little Pill”

Sahr Ngaujah, “Moulin Rouge! The Musical”

Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play

Ato Blankson-Wood, “Slave Play”

James Cusati-Moyer, “Slave Play”

WINNER: David Alan Grier, “A Soldier’s Play”

John Benjamin Hickey, “The Inheritance”

Paul Hilton, “The Inheritance”

Daniel J. Watts, “Tina — The Tina Turner Musical”

Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical

Kathryn Gallagher, “Jagged Little Pill”

Celia Rose Gooding, “Jagged Little Pill”

Robyn Hurder, “Moulin Rouge! The Musical”

WINNER: Lauren Patten, “Jagged Little Pill”

Myra Lucretia Taylor, “Tina ― The Tina Turner Musical”


Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play

Jane Alexander, “Grand Horizons”

Chalia La Tou, “Slave Play”

Annie McNamara, “Slave Play”

WINNER: Lois Smith, “The Inheritance”

Cora Vander Broek, “Linda Vista”


Best Direction of a Musical

Phyllida Lloyd, “Tina: The Tina Turner Musical”

Diane Paulus, “Jagged Little Pill”

WINNER: Alex Timbers, “Moulin Rouge! The Musical”


Best Direction of a Play

David Cromer, “The Sound Inside”

WINNER: Stephen Daldry, “The Inheritance”

Kenny Leon, “A Soldier’s Play”

Jamie Lloyd, “Betrayal”

Robert O’Hara, “Slave Play”


Best Book of a Musical

WINNER: “Jagged Little Pill,” Diablo Cody

“Moulin Rouge! The Musical,” John Logan

“Tina: The Tina Turner Musical,” Katori Hall, Frank Ketelaar and Kees Prins


Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre

WINNER: “A Christmas Carol,” music by Christopher Nightingale

“The Inheritance,” music by Paul Englishby

“The Rose Tattoo,” music by Fitz Patton and Jason Michael Webb

“Slave Play,” music by Lindsay Jones

“The Sound Inside,” music by Daniel Kluger


Best Choreography

Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, “Jagged Little Pill”

WINNER: Sonya Tayeh, “Moulin Rouge! The Musical”

Anthony Van Laast, “Tina: The Tina Turner Musical”


Best Orchestrations

Tom Kitt for “Jagged Little Pill”

WINNER: Katie Kresek, Charlie Rosen, Matt Stine and Justin Levine for “Moulin Rouge! The Musical”

Ethan Popp for “Tina: The Tina Turner Musical”


Best Scenic Design of a Musical

Riccardo Hernández and Lucy Mackinnon for “Jagged Little Pill”

WINNER: Derek McLane for “Moulin Rouge! The Musical”

Mark Thompson and Jeff Sugg for “Tina: The Tina Turner Musical”


Best Scenic Design of a Play

Bob Crowley, “The Inheritance”

Soutra Gilmour, “Betrayal”

WINNER: Rob Howell, “A Christmas Carol”

Derek McLane, “A Soldier’s Play”

Clint Ramos, “Slave Play”


Best Costume Design of a Play

Dede Ayite for “Slave Play”

Dede Ayite for “A Soldier’s Play”

Bob Crowley for “The Inheritance”

WINNER: Rob Howell for “A Christmas Carol”

Clint Ramos for “The Rose Tattoo”

Best Costume Design of a Musical

Emily Rebholz, “Jagged Little Pill”

Mark Thompson, “Tina: The Tina Turner Musical”

WINNER: Catherine Zuber, “Moulin Rouge! The Musical”


Best Sound Design of a Play

Paul Arditti & Christopher Reid, “The Inheritance”

WINNER: Simon Baker, “A Christmas Carol”

Lindsay Jones, “Slave Play”

Daniel Kluger, “Sea Wall/A Life”

Daniel Kluger, “The Sound Inside”


Best Sound Design of a Musical

Jonathan Deans, “Jagged Little Pill”

WINNER: Peter Hylenski, “Moulin Rouge! The Musical”

Nevin Steinberg, “Tina: The Tina Turner Musical”


Best Lighting Design of a Play

Jiyoun Chang, “Slave Play”

Jon Clark, “The Inheritance”

Heather Gilbert, “The Sound Inside”

Allen Lee Hughes, “A Soldier’s Play”

WINNER: Hugh Vanstone, “A Christmas Carol”


Best Lighting Design of a Musical

Bruno Poet, “Tina: The Tina Turner Musical”

Justin Townsend, “Jagged Little Pill”

WINNER: Justin Townsend, “Moulin Rouge! The Musical”

This article originally appeared on HuffPost and has been updated.

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