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Musical Kimberly Akimbo wins at Tony Awards marked by writers’ strike

New York, Jun 11 (EFE).- The show “Kimberly Akimbo,” which centers on a girl who suffers from a degenerative disease that causes her to age rapidly, won the Tony Awards for Best Broadway Musical on Sunday at a gala marked by a writers strike.

The show, which received nine nominations, took home five awards, including Best Actress, which went to Victoria Clark, Best Featured Actress for Bonnie Milligan, Best Writer for David Lindsay-Abaire and Best Original Score.

The musical “Some Like It Hot,” based on the 1959 eponymous film directed and produced by Billy Wilder, won four awards: Best Costume Design, Best Choreography, Best Orchestrations and Best Leading Actor, which went to J. Harrison Ghee.

The two male acting awards for the musical section went to two actors who identify as non-binary: J. Harrison Ghee himself and Alex Newell, chosen as Best Featured Actor for his role in Shucked, a comedy set in rural America.

“Some Like It Hot” was the night’s big favorite with 13 nominations. The play is set in Chicago during the United States prohibition era and follows two musicians forced to leave the city after witnessing an attack by the mafia, who chase them across the country.

The Tony for Best Director went to Michael Arden for his work in the musical Parade, based on the lynching of a Jewish businessman in Georgia in the early 19th century.

Parade also won the Tony for Best Revival of a Musical.

During the ceremony, which featured actress and singer Ariana DeBose as master of ceremonies, the best plays that have passed through the exclusive stages of the Broadway circuit in New York were also awarded.

The winner in this section was “Leopoldstadt,” which tells the story of a Jewish family in Vienna at the end of the 1930s and how they suffer from Nazi antisemitism.

“Leopoldstadt” won the Tony for Best Play and Best Director Patrick Marber.

The play also won Best Costume Design and Best Featured Actor (Brandon Uranowitz), competing with Samuel L. Jackson, among others, for his role in “The Piano Lesson.”

Britain’s Jodie Comer was chosen Best Leading Actress for her performance in “Prima Facie,” while Sean Hayes, from the play “Good Night, Oscar” took the Tony for Best Leading Actor. EFE


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