Hadestown wins big and Ali Stroker makes history at the Tony Awards

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Hadestown wins big and Ali Stroker makes history at the Tony Awards

Ali Stroker became the first wheelchair-using actor male or female to win a Tony Award.

Ali Stroker became the first wheelchair-using actor male or female to win a Tony Award.

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Ali Stroker became the first wheelchair-using actor male or female to win a Tony Award.

Photo Courtesy: Deadline

Photo Courtesy: Deadline

Ali Stroker became the first wheelchair-using actor male or female to win a Tony Award.

Valerie Frederick, Contributor

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Hadestown was the biggest winner at Sunday’s Tony Awards, taking home eight trophies including one for Best Musical. Inspired by the Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice, Hadestown also won Best Direction of a Musical for director Rachel Chavkin. Chavkin was the only woman to direct a musical during this outgoing Broadway season and she lamented that fact in her speech, calling for more inclusion towards women and people of color in the theater.

 

The disability community was also represented during the telecast, when Ali Stroker became the first wheelchair-using actor, male or female to be nominated and win a Tony. The Oklahoma! co-star dedicated her win to children with disabilities who are seeing themselves represented for the first time on such a massive awards stage.

 

Other notable wins from the James Corden-hosted show included 87-year-old Elaine May winning her first Tony for her leading performance in The Waverly Gallery, six decades after making her Broadway debut. The most awarded play of the night was the 1980s Irish-set The Ferryman, taking home four awards, including Best Play.

 

Below is the full list of Tony winners:           

 

Best Musical – Hadestown

 

Best Revival of a Musical – Oklahoma!  

 

Best Play – The Ferryman

 

Best Revival of a Play – The Boys in the Band

 

Best Lead Actress in a Musical – Stephanie J. Block for The Cher Show

 

Best Featured Actress in a Musical – Ali Stroker for Oklahoma!

 

Best Lead Actor in a Musical – Santino Fontana for Tootsie

 

Best Featured Actor in a Musical – André De Shields for Hadestown

 

Best Lead Actress in a Play – Elaine May for The Waverly Gallery

 

Best Featured Actress in a Play – Celia Keenan-Bolger for To Kill a Mockingbird

 

Best Lead Actor in a Play – Bryan Cranston for Network

 

Best Featured Actor in a Play – Bertie Carvel for Ink  

 

Best Book of a Musical – Tootsie by Robert Horn

 

Best Direction of a Musical – Rachel Chavkin for Hadestown

 

Best Direction of a Play – Sam Mendes for The Ferryman

 

Best Costume Design of a Musical – The Cher Show

 

Best Costume Design of a Play – The Ferryman

 

Best Scenic Design of a Musical – Hadestown

 

Best Scenic Design of a Play – The Ferryman

 

Best Lighting Design of a Musical – Hadestown  

 

Best Lighting Design of a Play – Ink

 

Best Sound Design of a Musical – Hadestown

 

Best Sound Design of a Play – Choir Boy

 

Best Original Score – Hadestown

 

Best Orchestrations – Hadestown

 

Best Choreography – Ain’t Too Proud

 

Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre –  Rosemary Harris, Terrence McNally, and Harold Wheeler

 

Honors for Excellence in Theatre – Broadway Inspirational Voices, Peter Entin, FDNY Engine 54, Ladder 4, Battalion 9, and Joseph Blakely Forbes

 

Regional Theatre Award – TheatreWorks Silicon Valley

 

Excellence in Theatre Education – Madeline Michel from Monticello High School in Charlottesville, Virginia

 

Isabelle Stevenson Award – Judith Light

 

Special Tony Award – Marin Mazzie, Jason Michael Webb, and Sonny Tilders

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