2022 Tony Award Winners: Company, MJ + More Win Top Honors
The two-part, four-hour 75th Annual Tony Awards, celebrating the 2021-2022 Broadway season, were presented June 12 at New York City’s Radio City Music Hall. The Tony Awards :Act One—hosted by Emmy winners Darren Criss and Julianne Hough—kicked off the evening at 7 PM ET with an hour of exclusive content streaming live on Paramount+. The three-hour The 75th Annual Tony Awards—hosted by Oscar winner Ariana DeBose—followed at 8 PM ET on CBS, also streaming live and on demand on Paramount+, making this year’s ceremony the first in Tony Awards history available live nationwide.
A Strange Loop, which was the most Tony-nominated production of the season (with 11 nominations), ended up earning two prizes: the coveted Best Musical Tony Award and Best Book of a Musical for its Pulitzer Prize-winning composer, lyricist, and librettist Michael R. Jackson, whose powerful musical centers on Usher, a young, Black, gay theatre writer grappling with his toxic inner thoughts while trying to write a musical about a young, Black, gay theatre writer grappling with his toxic inner thoughts.
Newcomer Myles Frost won the Tony for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical for his Broadway debut as the late King of Pop Michael Jackson in MJ, which earned four awards, including those for Best Choreography (Christopher Wheeldon), Best Sound Design of a Musical (Gareth Owen), and Best Lighting Design of a Musical (Natasha Katz). Joaquina Kalukango, who was Tony-nominated in 2020 for her work in Slave Play, earned the 2022 Tony for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical for her role as Nelly O’Brien in Paradise Square, which takes place during the Civil War and tells the rich story of Irish immigrants and Black Americans fighting for a similar cause.
Marianne Elliott’s reimagined, gender-swapped production of Stephen Sondheim and George Furth’s Company was named Best Revival of a Musical, one of five awards the 1970 musical about marriage picked up during the evening. Patti LuPone won her third Tony—and her first for a featured role—for her performance as Joanne in the aforementioned revival of Sondheim’s Company, following her earlier wins for creating the title role in the Broadway production of Evita and playing Rose in the most recent revival of Gypsy…READ MORE