The 74th Annual Tony Awards took place on Sunday, and “Moulin Rouge! The Musical” took home 10 awards, including best musical.
The show was hosted by Audra McDonald, and after a long night of awards, “Moulin Rouge!” was a big winner, coming close to “The Producers” 12 award record.
The musical is based on the popular 2001 movie which starred Nicole Kidman.
The award show was emotional for many, especially after Broadway was shut down due to the pandemic. The show commemorated the best of Broadway and even applauded shows which are no longer on Broadway.
One of the awards won by “Moulin Rouge!” was for best leading actor.
Aaron Tveit took home that statue, triumphing due to a lack of other nominees.
He thanked his parents, siblings, agents, and the cast and crew of the show, among many others.
“We are so privileged to get to do this because what we do changes peoples’ lives,” he said while tearing up.
The musical won honors for its director Alex Timbersas well as for its scenic design, costume, lighting, sound design, and orchestrations.
Danny Burstein took home a statue in his seventh try for “Moulin Rouge!” He had several nominations previously, but this was his first win.
Burstein was hospitalized with COVID-19 in 2020 and lost his wife Rebecca Luker to ALS in December.
During his emotional speech, he thanked the Broadway community.
“You were there for us, whether you just sent a note or sent your love, sent your prayers — sent bagels — it meant the world to us, and it’s something I’ll never forget,” he said.
Along with winning 10 awards, Sonya Tayeh, choreographer for “Moulin Rouge!” urged more diversity in talent on Broadway.
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