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The Outsiders wins best musical and Stereophonic best play at Tony Awards


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The Outsiders, a gritty adaptation of the classic young adult novel, became the essence of a Broadway insider on Sunday, winning the Tony Award for best new musical on a night when women made strides.
The musical based on the beloved S. E. Hinton book is about rival gangs of haves and have-nots in 1960s Oklahoma. The win meant Angelina Jolie, a producer, landed her first Tony, too.
Producer Matthew Rego, in his acceptance speech, thanked Hinton, in the audience at Manhattan’s Lincoln Center: “Susie, I’m here to tell you that your story and its eternal message of love and family and staying gold has forever changed all of our lives.”
Stereophonic, the play about a Fleetwood Mac-like band recording an album over a turbulent and life-changing year, won best new play and had the night’s most total awards at five. It was written by David Adjmi, with songs by former Arcade Fire member Will Butler.
Two special guests electrified the crowd – Jay-Z and Hillary Rodham Clinton.
The latter, a producer of a musical about suffragettes, presented Suffs.
In the first musical presentation, Alicia Keys appeared at a piano as the cast of her semi-autobiographical musical, Hell’s Kitchen,” presented a medley of songs. She sang her and Jay-Z’s 2009 smash Empire State of Mind, joining the rapper on interior steps to wild applause.
Later, newcomer Maleah Joi Moon won best leading actress for Hell’s Kitchen, brushing aside a challenge from veteran Kelli O’Hara. The 21-year-old, dedicated her award to her parents.
Danya Taymor, whose aunt is Julie Taymor, the first woman to win a Tony Award for directing a musical, became the sixth woman to win the same award for The Outsiders.
Then Shaina Taub, only the second woman in Broadway history to write, compose and star in a Broadway musical, won for best score, the ninth woman to do so
Jeremy Strong took home the first big award of the night. The Succession star landed his first Tony for his work in the revival of Henrik Ibsen’s 1882 political play An Enemy of the People. The award for best lead actor in a play will sit next to his Emmy, Screen Actors Guild Award and Golden Globe.
Kara Young, the first Black performer to be nominated for a Tony three consecutive years in a row, won this time as best featured actress in a play for Purlie Victorious.,
Daniel Radcliffe cemented his stage career pivot by winning featured actor in a musical, his first trophy in five Broadway shows. He won for the revival of Merrily We Roll Along, the Stephen Sondheim- George Furth musical that goes backward in time. (PTI)


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