Brits take Broadway at the 75th Tony Awards

It was a big night for Brits at the 75th Tony Awards, America’s most prestigious theatre awards, which were held in New York last night.

Marianne Elliot’s revival of Stephen Sondheim and George Furth’s musical Company, which originated in the West End, won five Tony Awards: Best Revival of a Musical, Best Direction of a Musical for Elliot, Best Set Design for Bunny Christie, Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical for Matt Doyle and Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical for Patti Lupone.

The show had previously won four 2019 Olivier Awards including Best Revival, Best Supporting Actor, Best Design for Bunny Christie and Best Supporting Actor for Patti Lupone.

The Lehman Trilogy, which also originated in London, topped the plays category, with five wins including Best New Play, Best Direction of a Play for Sam Mendes, Best Actor for Simon Russell Beale, Best Set Design for Es Devlin and Best Lighting Design for Jon Clark. Ben Power’s adaptation of Stefano Massini’s story looks at two centuries of the Lehman family, from the moment a young man from Bavaria arrives in New York, to 163 years later when the firm he and his brothers established collapses. The show originated at the National Theatre in London in 2019.

Toby Marlow and Lucy Moss won Best Original Score for Six The Musical, with the show also winning Best Costume Design for Gabriella Slade.

British choreographer and director Christopher Wheeldon won Best Choreography for MJ The Musical. The show won four awards including Best Sound, Best Lighting and Best Musical Actor for Myles Frost who played Michael Jackson.

British composer, arranger, and keyboardist Simon Hale won Best Orchestration for Girl from the North Country; Bob Dylan and Conor McPherson’s musical set in depression era America.

Dame Anglea Lansbury was awarded the Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in Theatre. Lansbury is a five-time Tony Award winner in competitive categories, winning for Mame, Dear World, Gypsy, Sweeney Todd and Blithe Spirit.

Brits who were nominated for awards include: Adam Godley (The Lehman Trilogy), Adrian Lester (The Lehman Trilogy), David Threlfall (Hangmen) in the Best Actor in a Play category; Ruth Negga (Macbeth) for Best Actress in a Play; Sharon D. Clarke (Caroline, Or Change) for Best Actress in a Musical; Alfie Allen (Hangmen) for Best featured actor in a Play; Anna Fleischle (Hangmen) for Best Set Design; Fly Davis (Caroline, Or Change) for Best Costume Design for a Musical; Joshua Car (Hangmen) for Best Lighting of a Play; Neil Austin (Company) for Best Lighting of a Musical; Carrie-Anne Ingrouille (Six) for best Choreography; and, David Cullen (Company) and Tom Curran (Six) for Best Orchestrations. Productions which received nominations that originated in the UK include Six for Best Musical and Hangmen for Best Play.

See here for the full list the 75th Annual Tony Award winners.

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