Sunday, May 26, 2024

Tony Awards Pt 2: “Moulin Rouge,” “The Inheritance” win Best Musical, Play, In Memoriam Segment Shines with Mitchell, O’Hara, and Lewis


Part 2 of the Tonys went on a little too long, but overall the show on CBS was a success.

“The Inheritance” won Best Play. “Moulin Rouge” was Best Musical. “Slave Play” got nothing, which I think is great because it was basically porn. So there.

The duets segment culminated in a huge moment with Audra McDonald and Brian Stokes Mitchell singing from “Ragtime.” They were brilliant.

Stokes-Mitchell, and Kelli O’Hara and Norm Lewis were especially terrific during an emotional and long In Memoriam for 2020 and 2021 that I think included everyone who passed away. Having Mitchell sing “The Impossible Dream” was a lovely touch. He sang it from his apartment window during the height of the pandemic for all the first responders, nurses and doctors.

The 2020-21 Tony Awards are over. All in all, the four hours were splendid. They should get Emmys. They made a very good lemonade from lemons. No complaints. The ratings? Who cares? There was a lot of competition. But if you love Broadway, the whole thing was worth it.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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