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Tony Awards Laud Honorees for Excellence in the Theatre

Michael S. Eddy • SD ExtrasStage Directions • September 27, 2021

The 74th Annual Tony Awards were presented on Sunday, September 26, 2021. recognize achievement in Broadway productions during the 2019–20 season. After being delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic in New York City, the ceremony was held at the Winter Garden Theatre, and was broadcast in two separate parts on CBS and Paramount+. Below is the honorees for Excellence in Theatre and the Design winners.

The 2020 Tony Honors for Excellence in the Theatre for the 2019-2020 season were presented to four outstanding contributors to the Broadway industry: Fred Gallo, President of PRG Scenic Technologies; Stage Manager Beverly Jenkins; Broadway Press Agent Irene Gandy; and New Federal Theatre founded by Woodie King, Jr. The Tony Honors for Excellence in the Theatre were established in 1990 and are awarded annually to institutions, individuals, and/or organizations that have demonstrated extraordinary achievement in theatre but are not eligible in any of the established Tony Award categories. You can read more about them at Stage Directions “Callboard,” PLSN, Sept. 2021, page 31.

The Design Winners were split between Moulin Rouge! The Musical and A Christmas Carol. The honoreesincluded Rob Howell for Best Scenic Design and Best Costume Design for a Play for his work on A Christmas Carol; and Best Scenic Design for a Musical to Derek McLane for Moulin Rouge! The Musical. Catherine Zuber was honored with Best Costume Design for her work on Moulin Rouge! The Musical. Hugh Vanstonewas honored for the Best Lighting Design for A Christmas Carol. Justin Townsend won the Best Lighting Design for a Musical for Moulin Rouge! The Musical. In the Sound Design category, Simon Baker was honored for his design for A Christmas Carol. Peter Hylenski was awarded the Best Sound Design for a Musical for his work onMoulin Rouge! The Musical.

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