Tony’s Latest | Design awards spread over many productions

NEW YORK – The latest on the Tony Awards (all local times):

8 p.m

Eleven Tony Awards were presented on the Sunday before the main show, with trophies being shared across seven shows.

Six: The Musical won Best Original Music Score and Best Costume Design for a Musical. The revival of “Company” snatched best scenic design for a musical. Best orchestrations went to “Girl From the North Country”. And “The Lehman Trilogy” won for best scenic design in a play and lighting design in a play.

“The Skin of Our Teeth” won Best Costume Design for a Play, “MJ” won for Choreography, Best Lighting for a Musical and Sound Design for a Musical, and “Dana H.” won for Sound Design for a Play.

The main event, starring Ariana DeBose, begins live at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on CBS.



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7:15 p.m

Darren Criss and Julianne Hough opened an hour-long Tony Awards Celebration at Radio City Music Hall, which focused on technical awards such as Best Stage and Lighting Design on Paramount+.

Hough and Criss opened their portion of the television show with his original song “Set the Stage,” which celebrates the artists who keep theater alive.


First prize of the night – for best score – went to “Six: The Musical,” with music and lyrics by Toby Marlow and Lucy Moss. Marlow is the first non-binary composer and lyricist to win a Tony.

A total of eight design prizes are awarded with the best score as well as the prize for orchestration and completion with choreography. The main event, starring Ariana DeBose, begins live at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on CBS.

A Strange Loop, a theatrical meta-journey about a playwright who writes a musical, enters the television show with 11 leading Tony nominations. Next up, with 10 nominations each, is “MJ,” a biomusical by the King of Pop, and “Paradise Square,” a musical about Irish immigrants and black Americans struggling to survive in New York City during the time of the Civil War.


6:30 p.m

Playwright Michael R. Jackson took nearly two decades to bring his musical A Strange Loop to Broadway, and he says the recognition is a kind of validation.


“It feels wonderful. It feels like a real acknowledgment of all the time, blood, sweat, tears that we put into this piece. I’ve been working on this musical for almost 20 years and to be here after persevering feels like such an acknowledgment,” Jackson said on the Tony red carpet.

In the musical, we meet the character Usher, an unfortunate playwright who drifts off as an usher on The Lion King. Usher is haunted by a chorus of Greek voices – his thoughts as well as homophobic family members – who hit, undercut and berate him. Jackson said there was a little Usher in him.

“Usher is a character I created to deal with some things I’ve been thinking about. But he’s grown so far beyond that and I’ve grown so far beyond that,” he said. “Watching every night feels really exciting because I’m looking at an artwork that I started from at a really formative time, that somehow has really grown into something bigger than any type of personal experience I’ve had.”



9 am

Darren Criss’ favorite night of the year is here. It’s the Tony Awards. “I’ll never shut up about the Tonys. I love the Tonys,” he says.

Not only will Criss be watching the Tonys on Sunday, he’ll be working. He’s co-hosting an hour-long pre-Tony celebration at Radio City Music Hall with Julianne Hough, and he’s even written his own song about the show he’ll be performing, revealing “a bit of my nerdy tendencies”.

Criss and Hough will distribute Creative Arts Tonys on Paramount+, then hand over to Ariana DeBose to host the three-hour main show on CBS from the same stage, live for the first time coast-to-coast.

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