Streaming (and bingeing) may now be our preferred mode of entertainment consumption, but the continued allure and relevance of the theatre was undeniable during the 72nd Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. Comedians, rockers, TV actors, a former member of Parliament and movie stars assumed roles this year in some of Broadway’s most celebrated productions.
Bruce Springsteen netted an award for his sold-out one-man show Springsteen on Broadway, a melding of his memoir and song oeuvre. Tina Fey’s screen-to-stage adaptation of Mean Girls received 12 nominations. The 82-year-old actress and erstwhile British MP Glenda Jackson grandly walked away with the night’s award for Best Leading Actress in a Play (Edward Albee’s Three Tall Women)—this was her fifth Tony nomination and first win. Her cast member, the formidable television and movie actress Laurie Metcalf, took the Tony for Best Featured Actress in a Play. Angels in America’s Nathan Lane and Andrew Garfield won awards for Best Featured Actor and Best Leading Actor in a Play, respectively. And the cast of Spongebob Squarepants brought down the house with “I’m Not a Loser,” performed by actor Gavin Lee and written by the titans of American alt rock, They Might Be Giants.