Jeremy Strong accepts the Tony for leading role in a play...

Jeremy Strong accepts the Tony for leading role in a play for "An Enemy of the People." Credit: AP/Charles Sykes

“The Outsiders,” based on the classic coming-of-age novel by S.E Hinton, took home the Tony Award for best musical Sunday night, while “Stereophonic,” about a Fleetwood Mac-like band recording an album over a turbulent, life-changing year, took the prize for best play.

Both shows were among the leading nominees going into the awards. “Stereophonic,” the most-nominated play in Tony Awards history (13 nods), is a hyper-naturalistic meditation on the thrill and danger of collaborating on art — the compromises, the egos and the joys. It was written by David Adjmi with songs by former Arcade Fire member Will Butler.

“Oh, no. My agent gave me a beta-blocker, but it's not working,” Adjmi said. He added that the play took 11 years to manifest. He then added “We need to fund the arts in America.”

"The Outsiders," which had 12 nominations, picked up three other awards, including one for director Danya Taymor, who became the 11th woman to win in that category. Her aunt, Julie Taymor, was the first win a best director Tony. “Thank you to the great women who have lifted me up,” she said, placing "Outsiders" producer Angelina Jolie among her list.

Meanwhile, "Succession" star Jeremy Strong and film and Broadway veteran Daniel Radcliffe were both first-time Tony winners. Strong won the leading actor in a play award for his work in the revival of Henrik Ibsen’s 1882 political play “An Enemy of the People.” The play is about a public-minded doctor in a small town who discovers the water supply for the public spa is contaminated but his efforts to clean up the mess pit his ethics against political cowards.

“Harry Potter” star Radcliffe cemented his stage career pivot by winning a featured actor in a musical Tony, his first trophy in five Broadway shows. He won for the revival of “Merrily We Roll Along,” the Stephen Sondheim- George Furth musical that goes backward in time.

“This is one of the best experiences of my life,” Radcliffe said, thanking his cast and director. “I will never have it as good again.” He also thanked his parents for playing Sondheim in the car growing up."

Later in the show, Radcliffe's co-star Jonathan Groff won the award for leading actor and "Merrily We Roll Along" won the Tony for best musical revival. "Appropriate," Branden Jacobs-Jenkins' complex drama about grief and racial issues, won the award for best play revival. The show's star Sarah Paulson won the leading actress in a play Tony.

"Hell's Kitchen," featuring the songs of Alicia Keys, won Tonys for leading actress Maleah Joi-Moon and featured actress Kecia Lewis, a 40-year veteran who made her Broadway debut at 18 in the original company of “Dreamgirls." “This moment is the one I dreamed of for those 40 years,” she told the crowd. ”Don’t give up!”

Kara Young, the first Black performer to be nominated for a Tony three consecutive years in a row, won this time as best featured actress in a play for “Purlie Victorious,” the story of a Black preacher’s scheme to reclaim his inheritance and win back his church from a plantation owner.

"Thank you to my ancestors," she said, adding thanks to her mom and dad, brother, partner, cast, her co-star Leslie Odom Jr. and her director, Kenny Leon. She saved her last thanks to playwright Ossie Davis and his star Ruby Dee, who originated the role.

Shaina Taub, only the second woman in Broadway history to write, compose and star in a Broadway musical, won for best score, following such writers as Cyndi Lauper, Lisa Kron and Jeanine Tesori. Taub, the force behind “Suffs,” had already won for best book earlier in the night.

Her musical is about the heroic final years of the fight to allow women to vote, leading to the passage of the 19th Amendment. Taub told the crowd the score win was for all the loud girls out there: “Go for it,” she urged.

Keys appeared on stage at the piano as the cast of her semi-autobiographical musical, “Hell’s Kitchen,” was presenting a medley of songs. She began singing her and Jay-Z’s 2009 smash before leaving the stage to join the rapper on some interior steps to wild applause.

Host Ariana DeBose kicked off the telecast with an original, acrobatic number in which she gave a nod to “Chicago” by holding up a newspaper with the headline, “She’s Back!!!” and then jumping into the original song “This Party’s for You,” which had a disco vibe with hip-hop elements and multiple acrobatic lifts.

The song was a cheer for those who sacrifice for their art and she took a gentle swipe at other entertainment types: “You’ll learn that film and TV can make you rich and make you famous. But theater will make you better.” She ended the song with a dramatic backward fall from a pillar.

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