Recapping The 2022 Tony Awards

2022 Tony Awards recap

The 75th annual Tony Awards were held last night, June 12, at Radio City Music Hall where Company and The Lehman Trilogy led the 2022 celebration with five wins each.

A Strange Loop took home the award for Best Musical. The show also won the award for Best Book.

The Lehman Trilogy took home five awards, including Best Play.

Company, with reimagined gender casting, also took home five awards, including Best Revival. Patti LuPone and Matt Doyle won in their respective categories for their performances in the show. Marianne Elliott also won the Best Direction of a Musical award.

Three of the four major production categories (Best Play, Best Musical, Best Revival of a Music, Best Revival of a Play) had LGBTQ components: A Strange Loop, Company, and Take Me Out.

Toby Marlow’s win for Best Original Score of SIX: The Musical (with co-writer Lucy Moss) made him the first non-binary Tony winner in history.

Jennifer Hudson reached EGOT status as a co-producer of A Strange Loop. She’s only the second Black woman to win an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony, following Whoopi Goldberg.

Hudson previously won an Emmy for her work on the Oculus Quest-based interactive fairy tale Baba Yaga, a Best R&B Album Grammy for her self-titled album and Best Musical Theater Album for The Color Purple, and a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for Dreamgirls.

The evening was hosted by newly-minted Oscar winner Ariana DeBose who knocked it out of the park with an excellent opening number.

Paradise Square, which earned 10 Tony nods, performed “Paradise Square / Let It Burn” featuring Joaquina Kalukango, who shortly thereafter won Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical for her performance.

While I believe Kalukango had a small issue hearing the orchestra, this was by far my favorite performance of the night.

The evening also featured a touching tribute to late Broadway legend Stephen Sondheim by frequent Sondheim collaborator Bernadette Peters. The three-time Tony winner re-created her performance from the original cast of Into the Woods with “Children Will Listen.”

Tony winner Billy Porter (Kinky Boots) delivered a sensitive rendition of My Fair Lady’s “On The Street Where You Live” during the In Memoriam segment.

Playbill has assembled all of the performances of the night here. Full list of winners below:

Best Musical
Girl From The North Country
MJ
Mr. Saturday Night
Paradise Square
SIX: The Musical
*A Strange Loop

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical
Sharon D Clarke, Caroline, or Change
Carmen Cusack, Flying Over Sunset
Sutton Foster, The Music Man
*Joaquina Kalukango, 
Paradise Square
Mare Winningham, Girl From The North Country

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical
Billy Crystal, Mr. Saturday Night
*Myles Frost, MJ
Hugh Jackman, The Music Man
Rob McClure, Mrs. Doubtfire
Jaquel Spivey, A Strange Loop

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play
Gabby Beans, The Skin of Our Teeth
LaChanze, Trouble in Mind
Ruth Negga, Macbeth
*Deirdre O’Connell, Dana H.
Mary-Louise Parker, How I Learned to Drive

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play
*Simon Russell Beale, The Lehman Trilogy
Adam Godley, The Lehman Trilogy
Adrian Lester, The Lehman Trilogy
David Morse, How I Learned to Drive
Sam Rockwell, American Buffalo
Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Lackawanna Blues
David Threlfall, Hangmen

Best Play
Clyde’s, by Lynn Nottage
Hangmen, by Martin McDonagh
*The Lehman Trilogy, by Stefano Massini and Ben Power
The Minutes, by Tracy Letts
Skeleton Crew, by Dominique Morisseau

Best Revival of a Musical
Caroline, or Change
*Company

The Music Man

Best Book of a Musical
Girl From The North Country, Conor McPherson
MJ, Lynn Nottage
Mr. Saturday Night, Billy Crystal, Lowell Ganz & Babaloo Mandel
Paradise Square, Christina Anderson, Craig Lucas & Larry Kirwan
*A Strange Loop, Michael R. Jackson

Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical
*Matt Doyle, Company

Sidney DuPont, Paradise Square
Jared Grimes, Funny Girl
John-Andrew Morrison, A Strange Loop
A.J. Shively, Paradise Square

Best Revival of a Play
American Buffalo
for colored girls who have considered suicide/ when the rainbow is enuf
How I Learned to Drive

*Take Me Out
Trouble in Mind

Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play
Uzo Aduba, Clyde’s
Rachel Dratch, POTUS: Or, Behind Every Great Dumbass are Seven Women Trying to Keep Him Alive
Kenita R. Miller, for colored girls who have considered suicide/ when the rainbow is enuf
*Phylicia Rashad, Skeleton Crew
Julie White, POTUS: Or, Behind Every Great Dumbass are Seven Women Trying to Keep Him Alive
Kara Young, Clyde’s

Best Direction of a Musical
Stephen Brackett, A Strange Loop
*Marianne Elliott, Company
Conor McPherson, Girl From The North Country
Lucy Moss & Jamie Armitage, SIX: The Musical
Christopher Wheeldon, MJ

Best Direction of a Play
Lileana Blain-Cruz, The Skin of Our Teeth
Camille A. Brown, for colored girls who have considered suicide/ when the rainbow is enuf
*Sam Mendes, The Lehman Trilogy
Neil Pepe, American Buffalo
Les Waters, Dana H.

Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical
Jeannette Bayardelle, Girl From The North Country
Shoshana Bean, Mr. Saturday Night
Jayne Houdyshell, The Music Man
L Morgan Lee, A Strange Loop
*Patti LuPone, Company
Jennifer Simard, Company

Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play
Alfie Allen, Hangmen
Chuck Cooper, Trouble in Mind
*Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Take Me Out
Ron Cephas Jones, Clyde’s
Michael Oberholtzer, Take Me Out
Jesse Williams, Take Me Out

Best Choreography
Camille A. Brown, for colored girls who have considered suicide/ when the rainbow is enuf
Warren Carlyle, The Music Man
Carrie-Anne Ingrouille, SIX: The Musical
Bill T. Jones, Paradise Square
*Christopher Wheeldon, MJ

Best Orchestrations
David Cullen, Company
Tom Curran, SIXThe Musical
*Simon Hale, Girl From The North Country

Jason Michael Webb and David Holcenberg, MJ
Charlie Rosen, A Strange Loop

Best Sound Design of a Musical
Simon Baker, Girl From The North Country
Paul Gatehouse, SIX: The Musical
Ian Dickinson for Autograph, Company
Drew Levy, A Strange Loop
*Gareth Owen, MJ

Best Sound Design of a Play
Justin Ellington, for colored girls who have considered suicide/ when the rainbow is enuf
*Mikhail Fiksel, Dana H.
Palmer Hefferan, The Skin of Our Teeth
Nick Powell and Dominic Bilkey, The Lehman Trilogy
Mikaal Sulaiman, Macbeth

Best Lighting Design of a Musical
Neil Austin, Company
Tim Deiling, SIX: The Musical
Donald Holder, Paradise Square
*Natasha Katz, MJ
Bradley King, Flying Over Sunset
Jen Schriever, A Strange Loop

Best Lighting Design of a Play
Joshua Carr, Hangmen
Jiyoun Chang, for colored girls who have considered suicide/ when the rainbow is enuf
*Jon Clark, The Lehman Trilogy
Jane Cox, Macbeth
Yi Zhao, The Skin of Our Teeth

Best Scenic Design of a Musical
Beowulf Boritt and 59 Productions, Flying Over Sunset
*Bunny Christie, Company
Arnulfo Maldonado, A Strange Loop
Derek McLane and Peter Nigrini, MJ
Allen Moyer, Paradise Square

Best Scenic Design of a Play
Beowulf Boritt, POTUS: Or, Behind Every Great Dumbass are Seven Women Trying to Keep Him Alive
Michael Carnahan and Nicholas Hussong, Skeleton Crew
*Es Devlin, The Lehman Trilogy
Anna Fleischle, Hangmen
Scott Pask, American Buffalo
Adam Rigg, The Skin of Our Teeth

Best Costume Design of a Musical
Fly Davis, Caroline, or Change
Toni-Leslie James, Paradise Square
William Ivey Long, Diana, The Musical
Santo Loquasto, The Music Man
*Gabriella Slade, SIX: The Musical
Paul Tazewell, MJ

Best Costume Design of a Play
*Montana Levi Blanco, The Skin of Our Teeth
Sarafina Bush, for colored girls who have considered suicide/ when the rainbow is enuf
Emilio Sosa, Trouble in Mind
Jane Greenwood, Neil Simon’s Plaza Suite
Jennifer Moeller, Clyde’s

Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre
Flying Over Sunset; Music by Tom Kitt, Lyrics by Michael Korie
Mr. Saturday Night; Music by Jason Robert Brown, Lyrics by Amanda Green
Paradise Square; Music by Jason Howland, Lyrics by Nathan Tysen and Masi Asare
*SIX: The Musical, Music and Lyrics by Toby Marlow & Lucy Moss
A Strange Loop, Music and Lyrics by Michael R. Jackson

Isabelle Stevenson Award
Robert E. Wankel

Tony Honors for Excellence in the Theater
Feinstein’s/54 Below
United Scenic Artists, Local USA 829, IATSE
Asian American Performers Action Coalition (AAPAC)
Broadway For All
Emily Grishman

Excellence in Theatre Education Award
Roshunda Jones-Koumba

Lifetime Achievement Award
Angela Lansbury

Regional Theatre Award
Court Theatre of Chicago