In the Press Room at the Tony Awards

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Was this the best Tony Awards show in a long time? YES! Ratings were sensational.

James Corden, as host, played all major Broadway musical roles in an opening number that got a lot of audience laughs and, I’m sure, a lot of smiles from the millions of TV viewers. I guess he could have starred in all of them. “I could play any role I want, and no one could stop me!”

Outside the Beacon Theater fans saw Andrew Lloyd Webber on tambourine, Steve Martin on guitar, Edie Brickell singing – and just about every Tony nominee and cast members doing a song. The show outside was a definite hit!

Frank Langella

Frank Langella

There were heartfelt words from Frank Langella in his acceptance speech talking about the terrorist attack in Orlando, Fla. and references to his connection to his role in The Father.

Lin-Manuel Miranda

Lin-Manuel Miranda

Lin-Manuel Miranda is going down in history, as we speak, with a show that has taken 11 Tony Awards, with producer plans to open many more productions in the near and far future.  Hamilton has created an extraordinary buzz that is well deserved!  But watch for that $10 lottery ticket and keep trying. The thought of a now $849 premium ticket price . . . well, that doesn’t quite work with the typical family.

Daveed Diggs-Cynthia Erivo-Leslie Odom Jr. - Renee Elise Goldsberry

Daveed Diggs-Cynthia Erivo-Leslie Odom Jr. – Renee Elise Goldsberry

Renee Elise Goldsberry (Hamilton) was excited and just wants to live up to that Tony Award . . . no problem there!

Daveed Diggs (Hamilton) says kids are finding themselves watching the show.  He speaks lovingly about aspiring to be like his father.  In fact, he dressed for the occasion in an outfit his father would have worn years ago at his age.

The Best Play went to The Humans (4 out of 6 Awards), with Jayne Houdyshell winning Best Featured Actress in a Play and Reed Birney as Best Featured Actor in a Play.

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Jessica Lange with her Tony for Long Days Journey Into Night

How many did you guess right?

Take a listen to the video interviews for more insight and see some photos by  photographer JK Clarke.

Tony Winners’ List:

Best Play

The Humans***

Author: Stephen Karam
Producers: Scott Rudin, Barry Diller, Roundabout Theatre Company, Fox Theatricals, James L. Nederlander, Terry Allen Kramer, Roy Furman, Daryl Roth, Jon B. Platt, Eli Bush, Broadway Across America, Jack Lane, Barbara Whitman, Jay Alix & Una Jackman, Scott M. Delman, Sonia Friedman, Amanda Lipitz, Peter May, Stephanie P. McClelland, Lauren Stein, The Shubert Organization, Joey Parnes, Sue Wagner, John Johnson, Roundabout Theatre Company, Todd Haimes, Harold Wolpert, Julia C. Levy, Sydney Beers

Best Musical


Producers: Jeffrey Seller, Sander Jacobs, Jill Furman, The Public Theater

Best Revival of a Play

Arthur Miller’s A View from the Bridge***

Producers: Scott Rudin, Lincoln Center Theater, Eli Bush, Robert G. Bartner, Roger Berlind, William Berlind, Roy Furman, Peter May, Amanda Lipitz, Stephanie P. McClelland, Jay Alix & Una Jackman, Scott M. Delman, Sonia Friedman, John Gore, Ruth Hendel, JFL Theatricals, Heni Koenigsberg, Jon B. Platt, Daryl Roth, Spring Sirkin, Joey Parnes, Sue Wagner, John Johnson, The Young Vic

Best Revival of a Musical

The Color Purple***

Producers: Scott Sanders Productions, Roy Furman, Oprah Winfrey, David Babani, Tom Siracusa, Caiola Productions, James Fantaci, Ted Liebowitz, Stephanie P. McClelland, James L. Nederlander, Darren Bagert, Candy Spelling, Adam Zotovich, Eric Falkenstein/Morris Berchard, Just for Laughs Theatricals/Tanya Link Productions, Adam S. Gordon, Jam Theatricals, Kelsey Grammer, Independent Presenters Network, Carol Fineman, Sandy Block, Menier Chocolate Factory Productions

Best Book of a Musical


Lin-Manuel Miranda***

Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre


Music & Lyrics: Lin-Manuel Miranda***

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play

Frank Langella, The Father***

 Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play

Jessica Lange, Long Day’s Journey Into Night***

 Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical

Leslie Odom, Jr., Hamilton***

 Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical

Cynthia Erivo, The Color Purple***

 Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play

Reed Birney, The Humans***

Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play

Jayne Houdyshell, The Humans***

Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical

Daveed Diggs, Hamilton***

Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical

Renée Elise Goldsberry, Hamilton*** 

Best Scenic Design of a Play

David Zinn, The Humans***

Best Scenic Design of a Musical

David Rockwell, She Loves Me***

Best Costume Design of a Play

Clint Ramos, Eclipsed***

Best Costume Design of a Musical

Paul Tazewell, Hamilton***

Best Lighting Design of a Play

Natasha Katz, Long Day’s Journey Into Night***

Best Lighting Design of a Musical

Howell Binkley, Hamilton***

Best Direction of a Play    

Ivo Van Hove, Arthur Miller’s A View from the Bridge***

Best Direction of a Musical

Thomas Kail, Hamilton***

Best Choreography

Andy Blankenbuehler, Hamilton***

Best Orchestrations

Alex Lacamoire, Hamilton***
* * *

Recipients of Awards and Honors in Non-competitive Categories

Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre

Sheldon Harnick

Marshall W. Mason

Special Tony Award

National Endowment for the Arts

Miles Wilkin

Regional Theatre Tony Award

Paper Mill Playhouse

Millburn, NJ

Isabelle Stevenson Tony Award

Brian Stokes Mitchell

Tony Honors for Excellence in the Theatre

Seth Gelblum

Joan Lader

Sally Ann Parsons

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Tony Nominations by Production

Hamilton – 16 – Wins 11 Awards

The Humans – 6 – Wins 4 Awards


  • Sandi Durell

    Sandi Durell is Publisher/Editor of and has been writing, reviewing, producing, having a voice in the theater, cabaret and entertainment communities for over 25+ years. She is a Voting Member of the Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards; member of the American Theatre Critics Association. Sandi is a producer of Broadway & Hollywood Live! Revues (; has produced numerous Songwriter Events for the American Popular Song Society (APSS – formerly New York Sheet Music Society on which she is a Board member); the benefit CD “Our Heart Sings;” is a producer on the Award winning film “Broadway the Golden Age” (with Rick McKay) and has produced a variety of entertainment events for most of her career. She is a member of the League of Professional Theatre Women, Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU – Advisory Board),100+ year old Dutch Treat Club, The Lambs; an occasional theater “angel” and has had a career as a vocalist-performer. Her column can also be found at

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