On Sunday night, the Tony Awards celebrated all of our Broadway favorites from performances to performers. When the nominations were announced, we weren’t surprised that many of our favorites for this year were among the nominees. Let’s take a look at who won.
The Best Musical nominees included Frozen, Mean Girls, SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical, and The Band’s Visit. We can’t say we weren’t surprised by the outcome. Even with the most nominated musical of the year (SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical) in this category, The Band’s Visit took this award home. The Band’s Visit also took home Tonys for Best Direction of a Musical, Best Original Score Written for the Theatre, and Best Book of a Musical.
The production also won many Tony Awards via its performers. Tony Shalhoub took home the Tony for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical, and Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical went to the musical’s leading lady Katrina Lenk. Also awarded to The Band’s Visit and its cast was for Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical which went to Ari’el Statchel.
The Tony Awards didn’t leave out the rest of this year’s major productions though. Andrew Garfield received the Tony for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play for his part in Best Revival of a Play winner Angels in a America, and Nathan Lane was awarded Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play for the same production. Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play was awarded to Edward Albee’s Three Tall Women actress Glenda Jackson. Laurie Metcalf of Edward Albee’s Three Tall Women was also awarded the Tony for Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play while the same award for the Musical category was given to Lindsay Medez for her role in Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel.
Another big winner of the night was Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two. The play was awarded the Tony for Best Direction of a Play as well as for Best Play. This isn’t quite as big as the resounding success of The Band’s Visit, but it’s no surprise that this fantastic journey captivated audiences all year.
With lifetime achievement awards awarded to icons Andrew Lloyd Webber and Chita Rivera and Bruce Springsteen’s special Tony for his Broadway show Springsteen on Broadway, the 2018 Tony Awards was an event to remember. We can’t wait to see what this year’s plays and musicals will have to offer for next year.