“Moulin Rouge! The Musical” wins big at the 2021 Tony Awards

On Sunday, September 26, 2021 the Tony Awards returned for the first time in two years to shine a light on the best of Broadway. Hosted by Audra McDonald at The Winter Garden Theatre in New York City, the two-hour awards ceremony streamed on Paramount+, followed by Leslie Odom Jr. hosting “The Tony Awards Present: Broadway’s Back!,” a two-hour live concert event featuring Broadway entertainers. Group performances included scenes from “Tina — The Tina Turner Musical,” “Jagged Little Pill” and “Moulin Rouge! The Musical.”

The big winner of the night was “Moulin Rouge! The Musical,” receiving 10 awards, including best musical, best choreography and best direction of a musical. Aaron Tveit won his first Tony for best leading actor in a musical, and was uniquely the only actor nominated in the category.

“A Christmas Carol” had the second most awards with five, many for technical categories. Adapted by Jack Thorne from the Charles Dickens classic, the play starred Campbell Scott as Scrooge and won the 2021 Tony Awards for scenic design, costume design, lighting and sound design for a play, and took the award for Best Original Score. Although it had 12 nominations, “Slave Play” was shut out of the awards.

photo by Joan Marcus

Performers at the 74th Annual Tony Awards included Jennifer Nettles and Tony Award winners Jennifer Holliday and Ali Stroker. The evening also featured a reunion of the cast of “Hairspray,” including Tony Award-winner Marissa Jaret Winokur, Matthew Morrison, Kerry Butler, Chester Gregory and Darlene Love.

The American Theatre Wing’s Tony Awards are presented by The Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing.

Read the full list of winners for the 2021 Tony Awards below.

Best Play

  • “The Inheritance” – Matthew Lopez — Winner
  • “Grand Horizons” – Bess Wohl
  • “Sea Wall/A Life” – Simon Stephens and Nick Payne
  • “Slave Play” – Jeremy O. Harris
  • “The Sound Inside” – Adam Rapp

Best Musical

  • “Moulin Rouge! The Musical” — Winner
  • “Jagged Little Pill”
  • “Tina: The Tina Turner Musical”

Best Revival of a Play

  • “A Soldier’s Play” — Winner
  • “Betrayal”
  • “Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune”

Best Book of a Musical

  • Diablo Cody – “Jagged Little Pill” — Winner
  • John Logan – “Moulin Rouge! The Musical”
  • Katori Hall, Frank Ketelaar, and Kees Prins – “Tina: The Tina Turner Musical”

Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play

  • Andrew Burnap – “The Inheritance” — Winner
  • Ian Barford – “Linda Vista”
  • Jake Gyllenhaal – “Sea Wall/A Life”
  • Tom Hiddleston – “Betrayal”
  • Tom Sturridge – “Sea Wall/A Life”
  • Blair Underwood – “A Soldier’s Play”

Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play

  • Mary-Louise Parker – “The Sound Inside” — Winner
  • Joaquina Kalukango – “Slave Play”
  • Laura Linney – “My Name Is Lucy Barton”
  • Audra McDonald – “Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune”

Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical

  • Aaron Tveit – “Moulin Rouge! The Musical” — Winner

Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical

  • Adrienne Warren – “Tina: The Tina Turner Musical” — Winner
  • Karen Olivo – “Moulin Rouge! The Musical”
  • Elizabeth Stanley – “Jagged Little Pill”

Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Play

  • David Alan Grier – “A Soldier’s Play” — Winner
  • Ato Blankson-Wood – “Slave Play”
  • James Cusati-Moyer – “Slave Play”
  • John Benjamin Hickey – “The Inheritance”
  • Paul Hilton – “The Inheritance”

Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Play

  • Lois Smith – “The Inheritance” — Winner
  • Jane Alexander – “Grand Horizons”
  • Chalia La Tour – “Slave Play”
  • Annie McNamara – “Slave Play”
  • Cora Vander Broek – “Linda Vista”

Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical

  • Danny Burstein – “Moulin Rouge! The Musical” — Winner
  • Derek Klena – “Jagged Little Pill”
  • Sean Allan Krill – “Jagged Little Pill”
  • Sahr Ngaujah – “Moulin Rouge! The Musical”
  • Daniel J. Watts – “Tina: The Tina Turner Musical”

Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical

  • Lauren Patten – “Jagged Little Pill” — Winner
  • Kathryn Gallagher – “Jagged Little Pill”
  • Celia Rose Gooding – “Jagged Little Pill”
  • Robyn Hurder – “Moulin Rouge! The Musical”
  • Myra Lucretia Taylor – “Tina: The Tina Turner Musical”

Best Direction of a Play

  • Stephen Daldry – “The Inheritance” — Winner
  • David Cromer – “The Sound Inside”
  • Kenny Leon – “A Soldier’s Play”
  • Jamie Lloyd – “Betrayal”
  • Robert O’Hara – “Slave Play”

Best Direction of a Musical

  • Alex Timbers – “Moulin Rouge! The Musical” — Winner
  • Phyllida Lloyd – “Tina: The Tina Turner Musical”
  • Diane Paulus – “Jagged Little Pill”

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

  • Christopher Nightingale (music) – “A Christmas Carol” — Winner
  • Paul Englishby (music) – “The Inheritance”
  • Fitz Patton and Jason Michael Webb (music) – “The Rose Tattoo”
  • Lindsay Jones (music) – “Slave Play”
  • Daniel Kluger (music) – “The Sound Inside”

Best Choreography

  • Sonya Tayeh – “Moulin Rouge! The Musical” — Winner
  • Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui – “Jagged Little Pill”
  • Anthony Van Laast – “Tina: The Tina Turner Musical”

Best Scenic Design of a Play

  • Rob Howell – “A Christmas Carol” — Winner
  • Bob Crowley – “The Inheritance”
  • Soutra Gilmour – “Betrayal”
  • Derek McLane – “A Soldier’s Play”
  • Clint Ramos – “Slave Play”

Best Scenic Design of a Musical

  • Derek McLane – “Moulin Rouge! The Musical” — Winner
  • Riccardo Hernández and Lucy MacKinnon – “Jagged Little Pill”
  • Mark Thompson and Jeff Sugg – “Tina: The Tina Turner Musical”

Best Costume Design of a Play

  • Rob Howell – “A Christmas Carol” — Winner
  • Dede Ayite – “Slave Play”
  • Dede Ayite – “A Soldier’s Play”
  • Bob Crowley – “The Inheritance”
  • Clint Ramos – “The Rose Tattoo”

Best Costume Design in a Musical

  • Catherine Zuber – “Moulin Rouge! The Musical” — Winner
  • Emily Rebholz – “Jagged Little Pill”
  • Mark Thompson – “Tina: The Tina Turner Musical”

Best Lighting Design of a Play

  • Hugh Vanstone – “A Christmas Carol” — Winner
  • Jiyoun Chang – “Slave Play”
  • Jon Clark – “The Inheritance”
  • Heather Gilbert – “The Sound Inside”
  • Allen Lee Hughes – “A Soldier’s Play”

Best Lighting Design of a Musical

  • Justin Townsend – “Moulin Rouge! The Musical” — Winner
  • Bruno Poet – “Tina: The Tina Turner Musical”
  • Justin Townsend – “Jagged Little Pill”

Best Sound Design of a Play

  • Simon Baker – “A Christmas Carol” — Winner
  • Paul Arditti and Christopher Reid – “The Inheritance”
  • Lindsay Jones – “Slave Play”
  • Daniel Kluger – “Sea Wall/A Life”
  • Daniel Kluger – “The Sound Inside”

Best Sound Design of a Musical

  • Peter Hylenski – “Moulin Rouge! The Musical” — Winner
  • Jonathan Deans – “Jagged Little Pill”
  • Nevin Steinberg – “Tina: The Tina Turner Musical”

Best Orchestration

  • Katie Kresek, Charlie Rosen, Matt Stine and Justin Levine – “Moulin Rouge! The Musical” — Winner
  • Tom Kitt – “Jagged Little Pill”
  • Ethan Popp – “Tina: The Tina Turner Musical”
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