New York City, United States, Jun 12 (EFE).- “The Lehman Trilogy,” a play about the company whose collapse triggered the 2008 financial crisis, swept the 75th Tony Awards on Sunday.
The play picked up five of the eight awards it was nominated for, including best director for Sam Mendes, best actor and actress for Simon Russell Beale and Deirdre O’Connell, best scenic design and best lighting design.
“The Lehman Trilogy” beat out favorite, “A Strange Loop,” a musical about an aspiring playwright that had eleven nominations and won two, including best musical – the night’s top honor – and best book.
The rest of the awards were distributed mainly among musicals.
“MJ,” about the legacy of the King of Pop, Michael Jackson, took four golden statues, including best acting honors for 22-year-old newcomer Myles Frost.
The remake of the 1970s musical comedy “Company” also won four Tonys, including best musical revival, best director for Marianne Elliott and best supporting actor and actress for Matt Doyle and Patti LuPone respectively.
Joaquina Kalukango won best leading actress in a musical, “Paradise Square” while Deirdre O’Connell picked up the award for best actress in a play for her performance in “Dana. H.”
The Tony Awards, considered the highest US theater honor, are the New York theater industry’s equivalent to the Academy Awards (Oscars) for film.
The 75th edition of the awards coincided with the first full theatrical season after a shutdown due to the Covid-19 pandemic. EFE