Musical inspired by Greek mythology wins at Tony Awards

Tuesday, 11 Jun, 2019

"I wish I wasn't the only woman directing a musical on Broadway this season", she said.

"The Ferryman" picked up four awards including best play, but it was Anais Mitchell's folk-operatic reimagining of the Orpheus and Eurydice myth that led the night.

Broadway isn't for everyone, musical theatre isn't for everyone, we all know all that.

Stroker, who performs in a wheelchair due to a spinal injury, first drew national attention as a contestant on The Glee Project and later when she became the first actress in a wheelchair to perform on Broadway in the revival of Spring Awakening.

Shirley Jones, 85, was on hand to practice introducing the musical "Oklahoma!" - the same show she starred in on film back in 1955. He thanked his hometown of Baltimore and offered "three cardinal rules of my sustainability and longevity". "And three, the top of one mountain is the bottom of the next, so keep climbing".

"I feel like musical theater is beginning to do more than entertain, like to challenge people's thoughts and perspectives", she said.

Porter also got people talking Sunday after he belted out an epic version of "Everything's Coming Up Roses" from the musical "Gypsy" during the commercial break at the Tonys.

The actor, director and choreographer was awarded the Tony for Best Featured Actor in a Musical for his portrayal of Mister Hermes in "Hadestown".

Ain't Too Proud scored the trophy for Best Choreography.

Supporting actress in a play went to Celia Keenan-Bolger, 41, as the child Scout in "To Kill a Mockingbird", while English actor Bertie Carvel won his first Tony as media mogul Rupert Murdoch making his foray into newspaper publishing in "Ink". "I'm here to tell you the American dream is alive", he said.

The production also picked up the awards for best scenic design and best costume design. Every act had a host bit or a joke (more on that later), an award, a presentation to a "special" victor - most notably, Billy Porter did the "previously awarded tonight' summary to the Drama Educator award, and even though you know it was what he was assigned, somehow he made it completely heartfelt - and then a performance". Corden included the entire casts-ensemble included-of all seven musicals nominated for Best Musical and Best Musical Revival.

In the best play race, Jez Butterworth'sIreland-set epic "The Ferryman" beat out Heidi Schreck's dark horse "What the Constitution Means to Me", which ended the night empty-handed. Last time Corden hosted in 2016, the show notched a 1.6 rating and 8.7 million viewers.