NEWS: Big wins for Sonia Friedman Productions’ The Ferryman & Ink at the Tony Awards while National celebrates Hadestown & Network honours

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Sonia Friedman Productions is celebrating after the Broadway transfers of The Ferryman and Ink garnered six wins at the 2019 Tony Awards, while the National Theatre had plenty to be happy about following Bryan Cranston being named Best Leading Actor in a Play for Network and Hadestown (which finished a run at the National in January this year) scooping eight awards.

SFP and co-producer Neal Street Productions picked up four awards for The Ferryman while SFP and co-producers The Almeida and Manhattan Theatre Club won two awards for Ink (including Bertie Carvel as Best Actor in a Featured Role in a Play).

Sonia Friedman said:

“I am thrilled that these wonderful productions have been recognised by the Tony voters with these Awards. It has been a privilege to work with all the wonderful creative teams, casts, technical teams and of course our co-producers to bring these productions to Broadway. I want to take this opportunity to congratulate all of this year’s winners.”

For the second year running a play produced by SFP has gone home with the Best New Play and Best Director Awards as Jez Butterworth won for The Ferryman and Sam Mendes came out top as Best Director. Last year, SFP’s production of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child won six Tony Awards, including Best New Play and Best Director. Both productions also picked up the awards for those categories in the 2017 and 2018 Olivier Awards.

Sam Mendes said: “It’s a little bit bonkers trying to make theatre on Broadway – to be dealing with something so fragile in such a rough and tumble environment. But when it works, it’s like nowhere else in the world. So I’m hugely grateful for the embrace New York has given this play and production. I’ve lost count of the times on this job that I’ve counted my lucky stars. And now, again, I’m left to reflect on what a privilege – what an absolute privilege it is – to be able to tell stories for a living.”

Hadestown won Best Musical, along with original score (music and lyrics by Anaïs Mitchell). Plus there were honours for director Rachel Chavkin; actor in a featured role, Andre De Shields; scenic design by Rachel Hauck; Bradley King’s lighting design; sound design by Nevin Steinberg and Jessica Paz; and orchestrations by Michael Chorney and Todd Sickafoose.

In his speech Best Leading Actor Bryan Cranston, who plays a disgruntled news anchorman in Network, praised “real journalists around the world”, many of which have been criticised by President Trump via social media.

See below for the list of winners:

Best Play

The Ferryman

Best Musical

Hadestown

Best Revival of a Play

The Boys in the Band

Best Revival of a Musical

Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Oklahoma!

Best Book of a Musical

Tootsie (Robert Horn)

Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre

Hadestown (Music & Lyrics: Anaïs Mitchell)

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play

Bryan Cranston, Network

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play

Elaine May, The Waverly Gallery

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical

Santino Fontana, Tootsie

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical

Stephanie J. Block, The Cher Show

Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play

Bertie Carvel, Ink

Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play

Celia Keenan-Bolger, To Kill a Mockingbird

Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical

André De Shields, Hadestown

Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical

Ali Stroker, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Oklahoma!

Best Scenic Design of a Play

Rob Howell, The Ferryman

Best Scenic Design of a Musical

Rachel Hauck, Hadestown

Best Costume Design of a Play

Rob Howell, The Ferryman

Best Costume Design of a Musical

Bob Mackie, The Cher Show

Best Lighting Design of a Play

Neil Austin, Ink

Best Lighting Design of a Musical

Bradley King, Hadestown

Best Sound Design of a Play

Fitz Patton, Choir Boy

Best Sound Design of a Musical

Nevin Steinberg and Jessica Paz, Hadestown

Best Direction of a Play

Sam Mendes, The Ferryman

Best Direction of a Musical

Rachel Chavkin, Hadestown

Best Choreography

Sergio Trujillo, Ain’t Too Proud – The Life and Times of the Temptations

Best Orchestrations

Michael Chorney and Todd Sickafoose, Hadestown

Special Tony Awards for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre

Rosemary Harris
Terrence McNally
Harold Wheeler

Isabelle Stevenson Tony Award

Judith Light

Special Tony Awards

Sonny Tilders and Creature Technology Company
Jason Michael Webb
Marin Mazzie

Regional Theater Tony Award

TheatreWorks Silicon Valley

Tony Honors for Excellence in the Theater

Broadway Inspirational Voices — Michael McElroy, Founder
Peter Entin
FDNY Engine 54, Ladder 4, Battalion 9
Joseph Blakely Forbes

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