Ali Stroker makes Tonys history with win

Ali Stroker makes Tonys history with win

The play's director Sam Mendes also picked up the best direction of a play award, his first directing Tony.

"The Ferryman" also picked up the award for direction.

The crowd at Radio City Music Hall erupted when Ali Stroker made history as the first actor in a wheelchair to win a Tony Award.

Anais Mitchell's "Hadestown", a dark folk opera about young lovers trapped in the underworld, is poised to collect the prize for best musical, after receiving a leading 14 nominations. "There are so many women that are ready to go and there are so many artists of colour that are ready to go".

The victor for best play was "The Ferryman, " British playwright Jez Butterworth's sprawling epic about a farm family in Northern Ireland in 1981 endangered by the Irish Republican Army, which is determined to keep them silent about the murder of a family member. She won the fest featured actress in a musical award for playing Ado Annie. "Demagoguery is the enemy of the people".

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When the Tony nominations were announced in April, some Broadway observers were surprised that both "To Kill Mockingbird" and "Network" were not nominated in the best play category.

Mart Crowley's The Boys in the Band was named best revival of a play, an idea from the TV mogul Ryan Murphy who is soon set to adapt the drama, about a group of gay men gathering for a birthday party, for Netflix.

Elaine May scored a victory for lead actress for her performance in "The Waverly Garden", beating a packed field that included Annette Bening, Janet McTeer and Laurie Metcalf.

British comedian James Corden hosted the 2019 awards, kicking the night off with a nine-minute musical tribute to Broadway. Vying for Best Musical are Hadestown, Ain't Too Proud - The Life and Times of the Temptations, Tootsie, Beetlejuice, and The Prom, while Choir Boy, The Ferryman, Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus, Ink, and What the Constitution Means to Me are all up for Best Play. She blamed a lack of diversity on a "failure of imagination" from people who should know better.

"When you love someone, you kiss them - it's not a big deal", actress Caitlin Kinnunen told the Los Angeles Times before onscreen moment.

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