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Doug’s 2024 Tony Awards Reactions

After a very crowded spring in which 18 Broadway shows opened in two months, theatergoers and actors alike could finally exhale — and celebrate.

The Tony Awards were handed out on Sunday during a ceremony hosted, for the third year, by the Oscar-winning actress Ariana DeBose. A handful of awards were presented during a preshow on Pluto TV, followed by the main ceremony on CBS and Paramount+.

This Broadway season — comprising plays and musicals that opened during the eligibility period between April 28, 2023, and April 25, 2024 — featured scores of screen actors who took to the stage. Most of the winners were first-time Tony nominees, many of whom made their Broadway debuts.

Jeremy Strong won the Tony for best leading actor in a play for “An Enemy of the People”; Daniel Radcliffe scored his first Tony Award (in his fifth Broadway show) for his role in “Merrily We Roll Along”; Sarah Paulson took home a Tony for best leading actress in a play as the combustible Toni Lafayette in “Appropriate.” And Kara Young took home her first Tony Award for her performance in the comedic revival of “Purlie Victorious,” making her the first Black actor to be nominated for a Tony three years in a row.

“The Outsiders” won best new musical, and “Stereophonic,” which received the most nominations for a play in Tonys history, was awarded best new play. “Merrily We Roll Along,” Stephen Sondheim’s onetime flop, took home the honor for best musical revival.

Some other thoughts? Jay-Z not only wouldn’t enter the actual Koch space, he pre-taped his performance for Hell’s Kitchen? Don’t bother. Instead, that show should have lets its stars (including two Tony winners!) shine.

Brian D’arcy James lost his fifth Tony (to Jonathan Groff, the actor to whom he passed on the role of King George when Hamilton moved to Broadway), tying him with Laura Linney as the performer to lose the most nominations. Let’s fix that for both of these Time Stands Still stars.

Suffs won Best Book and Score, but The Outsiders took home the biggest prizes, for Best Musical and Director. That’s not an anomaly. Similar splits have happened between Into the Woods and The Phantom of the Opera in 1988 and The Lion King and Ragtime in 1998.