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77th Tony Awards marks milestones for women and honors industry veterans while spreading the wealth

Broadway News examines the key takeaways from the winners of the 2024 Tony Awards.

Shaina Taub (Credit: Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic)

The winners of the 77th annual Tony Awards were announced during a June 16 ceremony at Lincoln Center’s David H. Koch Theater. 

Three shows went into the evening with more than 10 nominations: “Stereophonic” (13, a record for plays), “Hell’s Kitchen” (also 13) and “The Outsiders” (12). While each of those shows did win awards, none of them dominated. In fact, no show truly swept. 

David Adjmi’s “Stereophonic,” which won the prize for Best Play, took home five awards total, the most of any production. “The Outsiders,” a new musical based on the Susie Hinton novel and subsequent Francis Ford Coppola film, won four, including Best Musical. The new mounting of “Merrily We Roll Along” also won four, including Best Revival of a Musical. The revival of Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’ “Appropriate” was named “Best Revival of Play,” one of three accolades. Beyond these four top winners, “An Enemy of the People,” “Cabaret,” “Illinoise,” “Jaja’s African Hair Braiding,” “Purlie Victorious” and “The Great Gatsby” each won a single award. Finally, “Hell’s Kitchen” and “Suffs” won two apiece.

“Suffs”’ two honors were Best Book of a Musical and Best Original Score, both of which were awarded to creator Shaina Taub. This marks a rare but not unprecedented instance in which a production was honored with these two awards but not named Best Musical. Other musicals for which this occurred include 2006’s “The Drowsy Chaperone,” 1998’s “Parade” and 1987’s “Into the Woods.”

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