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Tony Awards 2024 Top Surprises: Wicked’s Elphabas Takes Center Stage, And Daniel Radcliffe Wins Big

Tony Awards 2024 Top Surprises Wickeds Elphabas Takes Center Stage, And Daniel Radcliffe Wins Big

The 77th Tony Awards were a night of triumphs and unexpected twists. While some victories were widely predicted, others caught viewers off guard. Here’s a look at some of the most memorable moments that have theatre fans talking:

  1. Elphabas Takes the Stage (and the Mic): Typically reserved for established talents, the Tony Awards event began with a stunning performance rather than an opening monologue. However, this year, spectators were treated to a tremendous rendition of “Defying Gravity” sung by none other than Brittney Johnson, the current Elphabas in the mega-hit musical “Wicked”. Johnson’s soaring voice and brilliant green presence set the tone for a night honoring both established and emerging artists.
  1. Daniel Radcliffe’s Long-Awaited Recognition: Despite a great career on theater and cinema, Daniel Radcliffe had never received a competitive acting Tony Award. That everything changed this year. Radcliffe’s performance as the prickly yet charming Seymour Krelborn in the revival of “Little Shop of Horrors” garnered him the coveted Best Leading Actor in a Musical award. The win elicited a standing ovation, demonstrating Radcliffe’s passion to theatre and fascinating performance.
  1. Shaina Taub’s Victorious Double Nomination (and Win): Shaina Taub’s name was a pleasant surprise in the Best Book of a Musical category. The multi-talented artist wrote not only the book, but also the music and lyrics for “Suffs,” a compelling musical about the struggle for women’s suffrage. Even more unexpected? Taub won the award over known names like as Rick Elice (“Water for Elephants”) and Adam Rapp (“The Outsiders”). This award highlights the growing acknowledgment of female artists who are changing the face of Broadway musical theatre.
  1. A Night of Female Powerhouses: While Taub’s victory was noteworthy, it wasn’t the only time female voices were heard. Joaquina Kalukango was named Best Featured Actress in a Musical for her electrifying performance in “Paradise Square”. Sarah Jones’ riveting portrayal of a grieving mother in “Straight Line Crazy” earned her the Best Leading Actress in a Play prize. These victories, combined with Sutton Foster’s hosting duties, cemented the night as a celebration of women on and off the stage.
  1. A Touch of Grandeur (and Surprise) in Set Design: The Tony Awards are known for celebrating spectacular theatrical productions. This year’s award for Best Scenic Design of a Play awarded to “The Skin of Our Teeth,” a difficult Thornton Wilder play. However, the victory was not for a typical set. Instead, the award acknowledged the creative use of projections to convert the stage into a dynamic and ever-changing atmosphere. This award recognizes the expanding significance of technology and its creative incorporation into theater plays.
  1. A Heartfelt Return and Emotional Acceptance Speech: The iconic Patti LuPone, a double Tony Award winner, returned to Broadway after a three-year absence to perform in the production of “Company.” Her nuanced performance as Joanne, a cynical yet sympathetic woman navigating love and relationships, earned her the Best Leading Actress in a Musical award. LuPone’s emotive victory speech, in which she highlighted the pandemic’s problems as well as the theater community’s resilience, struck a strong chord with the crowd.

The 2024 Tony Awards were full of unexpected treats. From standout performances to well-deserved acclaim for veteran and new artists, the gala highlighted Broadway’s energy and ever-changing nature.