Critics' darling 'A Strange Loop' wins Tony for best musical
“A Strange Loop” was named best musical at the 75th Tony Awards on Sunday, while “The Lehman Trilogy” captured the prize for best play. “Company” won best
“A Strange Loop” was named best musical at the 75th Tony Awards on Sunday, while “The Lehman Trilogy” captured the prize for best play. “Company” won best musical revival and “Take Me Out” nabbed the award for best revival of a play.
“Company,” which flipped the gender of the protagonist of Stephen Sondheim’s classic musical to tell a more female-focused story, earned five prizes. Its victory was bittersweet, coming roughly seven months after its creator died at the age of 91.
“The Lehman Trilogy,” an epic drama charting the history of one of the financial institutions that helped spark the 2008 recession, also won five Tony Awards, including prizes for Sam Mendes’ direction and for the lead performance of Simon Russell Beale.
And, with "A Strange Loop" winning the top musical award, actress Jennifer Hudson became only the 17th person to achieve an EGOT — winning an Emmy, a Grammy, and Oscar, and a Tony in competitive categories. Hudson didn't perform, but instead was a producer.
The ceremony, which unfolded with characteristic razzle dazzle, caps one of the most tumultuous periods in the history of the theater business. After being closed for nearly two years due to Covid, Broadway began slowly reopening at the end of last summer, but its recovery has unfolded in fits and starts.