75th Tony Awards celebrate diversity and finance

The main winners of the evening, which took place in New York on Sunday, were a play about the Lehman Brothers bank, a musical about Michael Jackson and the story of a black gay man who dreams of becoming a writer.

Several plays about diversity, queer culture, and finance won the Tony Awards this Sunday in New York. These 75 awards are often compared to the theatrical Oscars.e The Tony Awards, broadcast on CBS, have completed a season of renovations for America’s Capital of Culture theaters reopening in fall 2021 after 18 months of closure due to Covid-19. The story of Lehman Brothers and musicals about Michael Jackson or a black and gay author have won the most prestigious awards.

On Wall Street it’s all about finances Lehman Trilogy, which won five awards, including Best Play, Best Actor (Simon Russell Beal) and Best Director (Sam Mendes). The play by Italian Stefano Massini tells about the long life of the American investment bank Lehman Brothers, founded in the 19th century by three immigrant brothers from Germany, whose fall in 2008 triggered the global financial crisis.

MJ MusicalThe successful Michael Jackson biopic, garnering acclaim from the heirs and a mixed critical response as it nearly ignores allegations of pedophilia against the “King of Pop”, won four awards, including Best Actor in a Musical for Miles Frost, 22. The two children of the star, who died in 2009 at the age of 50, Paris and Prince Jackson, took the stage.

strange loopa favorite with 11 nominations, it ended up with two Tonys, including the most prestigious ones, for Best Musical Comedy and Best Musical Libretto for its author Michael R. Jackson.

Perfect comedy and make an appearance

The musical follows the travails of a theater usher, an up-and-coming artist, black and gay like Michael R. Jackson, who wants to become a writer on Broadway. “I felt invisible. I was not listened to, I felt misunderstood. And I wanted to build a little lifeboat for myself as a gay black man.”– said, very touched and applauded, the artist, wrapped in a large fuchsia cloak. Ariana DeBose, Oscar winner for her role as Anita in the remake West Side Storysaid to herself “proud” ahead of Broadway’s efforts to be more open to diversity.

Following the pandemic and the death of George Floyd, an African-American man killed by police in June 2020, sparking a massive movement against racism in the United States, Broadway reopened in the fall of 2021 with seven plays or musicals written by black authors. unheard of. “There is progress, but the work must continue”According to AFP, singer and actor Darius de Haas, one of the founders of Black Theater United, who advocates more diverse performance in American theaters.

For him, “Producers and theater owners have opened their eyes to see that not only can they create stories that reflect the greater diversity on Broadway, but that it can also work economically.”.

Set around bustling Times Square, Broadway’s 41 theaters are New York City legend, but they are also one of its cultural, economic and tourist lungs. Before the pandemic, receipts easily exceeded $30 million a week, and during the Christmas week even $50 million. This 2021-2022 season was once again derailed, but Broadway found a crowd, such as the 230,000 spectators that turned out there last week (about 300,000 in a week in 2019).