The 75th Tony Awards was held on Sunday, June 12 in a two-part telecast staged at Radio City Music Hall. Nominations were announced on May 9, 2022. Of the 34 eligible productions from the 2021-2022 Broadway season, 29 reaped bids across 26 competitive categories.
All 13 eligible musicals and musical revivals earned at least one nomination. The Pulitzer Prize-winning musical “A Strange Loop” leads with 11 nominations, including Best Musical and for three of its cast members. Two other new musicals — “MJ The Musical” and “Paradise Square” — are right behind with 10 bids apiece. Both took slots in the top category of Best Musical and performed exceedingly well in the design categories. Of the four eligible musical revivals, the late Stephen Sondheim‘s “Company” leads with nine nominations.
On the play side, “The Lehman Trilogy” leads the exceptional pack with eight nominations. The revival of “for colored girls” follows right behind with seven bids. The nominators certainly spread the wealth in the play categories, citing 16 of the total 21 new dramas and revivals, led by new works “Clyde’s” and “Hangmen” with five nominations; revivals “American Buffalo,” “Take Me Out,” and “Trouble in Mind” with four; “Dana H.,” “How I Learned to Drive,” “Macbeth,” “POTUS,” and “Skeleton Crew” with three; and “Lackawanna Blues,” “The Minutes,” and “Plaza Suite” with one each.
Below, follow along with our 2022 Tony Awards live blog with updates throughout the four-hour show, including all the winners.
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7:00pm Welcome to the 75th annual Tony Awards, where Darren Criss and Julianne Hough are helping us “set the stage” with an opening number to kick off the first hour of the telecast on Paramount+.
7:09pm BEST ORIGINAL SCORE — Toby Marlow and Lucy Moss (“SIX”)
This category has been a toss-up all Tony season. The catchy juggernaut “SIX” pulls off an upset over “A Strange Loop.” Toby Marlow and Lucy Moss’ hooky take on the six wives of Henry VIII has bested Michael R. Jackson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning music and lyrics. He has an opportunity to take home a Tony tonight, though, for Best Musical Book, where “SIX” was not nominated. This is the first win for “SIX” of the evening.
7:13pm BEST COSTUME DESIGN (PLAY) — Montana Levi Blanco (“The Skin of Our Teeth”)
Montana Levi Blanco wins his first Tony for his Broadway debut with the massive Lincoln Center Theatre revival of Thornton Wilder’s “The Skin of Our Teeth.” Blanco also contributed the costume design for musical “A Strange Loop,” which will likely go on to win the Best Musical award later tonight.
7:15pm BEST COSTUME DESIGN (MUSICAL) — Gabriella Slade (“SIX”)
Gabriella Slade wins her first Tony for her Broadway debut for her contemporary take on period dress for “SIX.” She just recently won the Drama Desk Award for this work, too. This is the second win for “SIX” of the night.
7:20pm BEST SCENIC DESIGN (PLAY) — Es Devlin (“The Lehman Trilogy”)
Es Devlin wins the first Tony of her career for her astonishing rotating glass set for “The Lehman Trilogy.” She previously reaped bids for “Machinal” (2014) and “American Psycho” (2016). This is first win for “The Lehman Trilogy” of the night.
7:21pm BEST SCENIC DESIGN (MUSICAL) — Bunny Christie (“Company”)
Bunny Christie wins the second Tony of her career for her imaginative work on director Marianne Elliott’s revival of “Company.” She won her first award for a previous collaboration with Elliott on play “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” (2015). She has one prior nomination from three years ago for “Ink.” Christie also contributed the costume design for “Company.” This is the first win for “Company” of the night. “Chris Harper pays my wages,” Christie quipped in her acceptance speech, referring to Patti LuPone‘s takedown of a patron who didn’t wear their mask properly at a post-show talkback.
7:25pm BEST LIGHTING DESIGN (PLAY) — Jon Clark (“The Lehman Trilogy”)
Jon Clark takes home the first Tony of his career for “The Lehman Trilogy” after previously earning a nomination last season for “The Inheritance.” His prior credits also include “King Charles III” (2015) and the most recent revival of “Betrayal” (2019). This is the second win for “The Lehman Trilogy” of the night. Amongst the collaborators he thanks, he gave kudos to newly-minted Es Devlin for her “audacious set design.”
7:27pm BEST LIGHTING DESIGN (MUSICAL) — Natasha Katz (“MJ the Musical”)
Natasha Katz takes home the seventh Tony Award of her career in an upset over category frontrunners “Company” and “A Strange Loop,” ranking fourth in our official odds. She last won in 2016 for “A Long Day’s Journey into Night” and the year prior for “An American in Paris,” which marked another collaboration with “MJ” director Christopher Wheeldon. This is the first award for “MJ” of the night.
7:30pm LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT — Angela Lansbury
Len Cariou presents the Lifetime Achievement Award to his “Sweeney Todd” costar Angela Lansbury.
7:41pm BEST SOUND DESIGN (PLAY) — Mikhail Fiksel (“Dana H.”)
Mikhail Fiksel surprises with a win for his sound design of “Dana H.” over category frontrunner “The Lehman Trilogy.” Savvy predictors knew his work stood an excellent chance of winning, since the entire show consists of its actress Deirdre O’Connell lip-synching to audio recordings of the real Dana Higginbotham, so his work was both front and center and integral to the success of the production. This is Fiksel’s Broadway debut, first nomination, and first Tony win. Does this win bode well for O’Connell’s chances to upset in the Best Actress category?
7:43pm BEST SOUND DESIGN (MUSICAL) — Gareth Owen (“MJ the Musical”)
Gareth Owen wins his first Tony after two prior nominations. His first came back in 2010 for “A Little Night Music” and he earned his second two years later for “End of the Rainbow.” In addition to his award-winning work on “MJ,” he also did the sound design of the Tony-nominated “Diana, The Musical.” This is the second win for “MJ” of the night.
7:46pm BEST ORCHESTRATIONS — Simon Hale (“Girl from the North Country”)
Simon Hale takes this award over category frontrunners “Company” and “A Strange Loop.” He earned his first Tony nomination in 2019 for “Tootsie” and wins his first prize for reinventing the Bob Dylan songbook for a Broadway musical.
7:50pm BEST CHOREOGRAPHY — Christopher Wheeldon (“MJ the Musical”)
Christopher Wheeldon wins the second of his career for his choreography interpreting the movement of the King of Pop Michael Jackson in “MJ the Musical.” He also directed the show, and could win another award tonight when that prize is announced, although our odds predict that race boils down to “Company” versus “A Strange Loop.” He previously won in 2015 for his choreography for “An American in Paris,” which he also directed and received a nomination for but which he did not win. This is the third win of “MJ” of the night.
With the first 11 awards of the ceremony now presented, “MJ the Musical” leads all shows with three trophies in hand heading into the main telecast. “SIX” is nipping at its heels with two wins, too. Might one of these two shows topple our predicted Best Musical frontrunner “A Strange Loop,” which has thus far not taken a single prize?
8:10pm BEST FEATURED ACTOR (PLAY) — Jesse Tyler Ferguson (“Take Me Out”)
This was one of the most nail-biting categories to predict this year. Jesse Tyler Ferguson wins his first Tony on his first nomination after four appearances on Broadway. He lead our odds, but faced competition not only from past winner Chuck Cooper (“Trouble in Mind”), but also two costars: Jesse Williams and Michael Oberholtzer. In 2003, Denis O’Hare won the award in this category for the same role of Mason Marzac that Ferguson plays in this revival.
8:24pm BEST FEATURED ACTRESS (MUSICAL) — Patti LuPone (“Company”)
In one of the biggest locks of the night, Broadway legend Patti LuPone wins the third Tony of her career for playing Joanne in “Company.” The actress sings the Sondheim anthem “The Ladies Who Lunch” eight times a week with aplomb. She has eight total nominations and previously won for “Evita” in 1980 and “Gypsy” in 2008. After “War Paint,” LuPone swore off ever doing a musical again because of how physically taxing they are, but was lured back to the form for the opportunity to work with director Marianne Elliott.
8:39pm BEST DIRECTOR (PLAY) — Sam Mendes (“The Lehman Trilogy”)
Sam Mendes has led our predictions in this race all season long, and takes home the sixth Tony of his career. He previously took home this prize three years ago for his direction of Best Play winner “The Ferryman.” He has 11 Tony nominations to his name as director and producer, winning for producing “The Real Thing” (2000), “Take Me Out” (2003), “Red” (2010), and “The Ferryman” (2019). Through Neal Street Productions, he could win another Tony tonight if “The Lehman Trilogy” takes the award for Best Play, which it very likely will according to our combined odds. In his acceptance speech, Mendes cheered the “rampant creativity and diversity” of this season on Broadway.
8:41pm BEST DIRECTOR (MUSICAL) — Marianne Elliott (“Company”)
Marianne Elliott wins the third Tony of her career for her reimagining of Stephen Sondheim‘s legendary musical “Company.” She thanked “first and foremost” Sondheim for trusting her intuition and “putting a woman front and center.” She has three prior Tonys — two for directing “War Horse” (2011) and “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” (2015) — and one for producing the 2018 revival of “Angels in America.” She becomes the first woman to win for directing three times.
8:57pm BEST FEATURED ACTRESS (PLAY) — Phylicia Rashad (“Skeleton Crew”)
This was another of the trickiest categories to predict. Only 44 of our users predicted Phylicia Rashad to win — this blogger included! — but she bested a particularly impressive line-up that included Kenita R. Miller (“for colored girls”) and Uzo Aduba (“Clyde’s”). In her acceptance speech, she said, “It’s wonderful to present humanity in its fullness.” Rashad previously won a Tony in 2004 for “A Raisin in the Sun.”
9:13pm BEST PLAY REVIVAL — “Take Me Out”
The producers put two utterly confounding races back-to-back! This category was one of the closest and most challenging of the night to predict, but “Take Me Out” ultimately prevails. The original production of this Richard Greenberg play from 2003 won three Tonys, for Director (Joe Mantello), Featured Actor (Denis O’Hare), and Best Play. The revival also won for Featured Actor (Jesse Tyler Ferguson) earlier in the evening.
9:27pm BEST FEATURED ACTOR (MUSICAL) — Matt Doyle (“Company”)
As theatre fans have expected all season long, Matt Doyle wins the first Tony of his career for “Company.” He takes home the award for his tour-de-force rendition of Sondheim’s iconic song “Not Getting Married Today.” This is Doyle’s first Tony nomination, but certainly not his first appearance on Broadway, having starred in five productions over the past 15 years. “I’m the next bride!,” Doyle shouted with joy to conclude his speech in a nod to his role as Jamie.
Introduced by Lin-Manuel Miranda, Bernadette Peters sings “Children Will Listen” from “Into the Woods” in tribute to the late, great Stephen Sondheim.
9:41pm BEST MUSICAL BOOK — Michael R. Jackson (“A Strange Loop”)
In what felt like one of the biggest locks of the evening, Michael R. Jackson takes home the Tony for his Pulitzer Prize-winning book of his musical “A Strange Loop” and receives a standing ovation. This is the first prize of the night for “A Strange Loop,” which has 11 total nominations.
9:44pm BEST MUSICAL REVIVAL — “Company”
Marianne Elliott’s reimagining of Stephen Sondheim’s groundbreaking 1970 musical “Company” has taken home the award for Best Musical Revival. This is the first win for a Sondheim revival since 2007, when John Doyle’s production of “Company” prevailed. Other Sondheim revivals that have won this prize are “Into the Woods” (2002) and “Assassins” (2004). In a beautiful touch, one of the producers holds up a portrait of Sondheim while Chris Harper accepts the award.
10:12pm BEST PLAY — “The Lehman Trilogy”
“The Lehman Trilogy” has been the frontrunner to win Best Play at the Tonys since the very beginning of the season. The play, written in Italian by Stefano Massini and adapted by Ben Power chronicles almost two centuries of American financial history. Playwrights Massini and Power accepted the award. It has thus far taken home four Tony Awards and may still win the prize for Best Actor for one of its three leads.
10:27pm BEST ACTOR (PLAY) — Simon Russell Beale (“The Lehman Trilogy”)
Wow. Even though David Morse has led our predictions in this race all season long, Simon Russell Beale pulls off an upset for his role in “The Lehman Trilogy.” He was able to overcome the obstacle of having two other costars nominated in the category. “I feel a little sheepish… we all did the same amount of work in this play,” said Beale to Adam Godley and Adrian Lester, his fellow “Lehman” nominees. The actor has one prior Tony nomination for “Jumpers” back in 2004.
10:31pm BEST ACTRESS (PLAY) — Deirdre O’Connell (“Dana H.”)
In an upset, Deirdre O’Connell has bested Mary-Louise Parker to win her first Tony. Although the majority of our users predicted Parker to win her third prize, a strong contingent thought voters would favor O’Connell’s impressive work in “Dana H.,” in which she perfectly lip-syncs her entire performance to audio recordings of the real Dana Higginbotham. Hers was a performance voters had never seen before, and they awarded her for it. “Make the weird art,” encouraged the actress of her fellow stage performers.
Billy Porter sings “On the Street Where You Live” over the In Memorium honoring those the theatre community lost during the past year.
10:44pm BEST ACTOR (MUSICAL) — Myles Frost (“MJ the Musical”)
In the battle of Broadway debuts, Myles Frost has prevailed for his performance as Michael Jackson in “MJ the Musical.” He fended off category frontrunner Jaquel Spivey (“A Strange Loop”) to take home his first Tony. Frost gave a moving speech honoring his mother, hoping he has made her proud. “MJ” has now won four Tonys tonight. Will it prevail over “A Strange Loop” for Best Musical?
10:48pm BEST ACTRESS (MUSICAL) — Joaquina Kalukango (“Paradise Square”)
Joaquina Kalukango wins her first Tony Award in an upset over category frontrunner Sharon D Clarke (“Caroline, or Change”). She has been gaining momentum in the race for the award ever since “Paradise Square” opened in April, in large part because of her soul-stirring number 11-o’clock number “Let It Burn.” The actress was nominated last award season for her lead performance in “Slave Play.”
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