10 Records That Were Set at the Tony Awards
History was made at the Tony Awards. Anaïs Mitchell did something no woman had ever done before.
Hadestown won eight Tony Awards on Sunday (June 9), including the night's top prize, best musical. Hadestown is the first best musical winner where book, music and lyrics were single-handedly written by a woman—Anaïs Mitchell. There have been three best musical winners where book, music and lyrics were single-handedly written by a man--The Mystery of Edwin Drood (1986, Rupert Holmes), Rent (1996, Jonathan Larson) and Hamilton: An American Musical (2016, Lin-Manuel Miranda).
In addition, Mitchell, 38, became the third female to win for best score without teaming with a male collaborator. She follows Cyndi Lauper, who won in 2013 for Kinky Boots, and the team of Jeanine Tesori and Lisa Kron, who won in 2015 for Fun Home.
Stephanie J. Block took best actress in a musical for playing Cher in The Cher Show. This marks the second time in the past five years that an actress has won in that category for playing a real-life music star. Jessie Mueller won in 2014 for playing Carole King in Beautiful—The Carole King Musical. Cher has never been nominated for a Tony. It is the only EGOT award she is missing.
Oklahoma! won best revival of a musical. It's the fifth time that a revival of a Rodgers and Hammerstein show has won in this category. Carousel won in 1994, the first year that this award was presented, followed by The King and I (1996 and 2015) and South Pacific (2008). No other composer/lyricist has had so many winning revivals in this category. The Tonys weren't around when the original production of Oklahoma! opened in 1943. A 2002 production was nominated for best revival of a musical, but lost to Into the Woods.
Sergio Trujillo won best choreography for Ain't Too Proud—The Life and Times of the Temptations. This allows this hit-studded musical to surpass 2013's Motown the Musical, which won no Tonys. The new show received 12 noms, up from four for Motown the Musical.
Elaine May won her first Tony, 57 years after winning her first Grammy. She won the Tony for best actress in a play for The Waverly Gallery. She and Mike Nichols took the 1961 Grammy for best comedy performance for their album An Evening with Mike Nichols and Elaine May.
Bob Mackie won his first Tony for best costume design of a musical for The Cher Show. Mackie has won nine Emmys, the last two for his work on Cher specials. Mackie was inducted into the Television Academy Hall of Fame in 2002.
Santino Fontana won for best actor in a musical for Tootsie. He's the fourth actor who wore drag to win in this category in the past 10 years. He follows Douglas Hodge in La Cage aux Folles (2010), Billy Porter in Kinky Boots (2013) and Neil Patrick Harris in Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2014). Dustin Hoffman was nominated for an Oscar for best actor for originating the dual roles of Michael Dorsey and Dorothy Michaels in the classic 1982 movie of the same name.
Sam Mendes won his first Tony, 19 years after winning his first Oscar. Mendes won the Tony for best direction of a play for The Ferryman. He won the 1999 Oscar for directing for American Beauty.
Bryan Cranston took best actor in a play for Network. Peter Finch won a posthumous Oscar 42 years ago for playing the role of Howard Beale in the classic 1976 film. This is Cranston's second win in this category. He won five years ago for All the Way. Cranston also won six Emmys for Breaking Bad.