(Rachel Sherman’s article appeared in The New York Times, 6/17. Photo: Mashable SEA.)

The Tony Awards were held on Sunday at Lincoln Center’s David H. Koch Theater in New York City.

Maleah Joi Moon made her Broadway debut this year as the teenager at the heart of the Alicia Keys musical “Hell’s Kitchen.” On Sunday night, she won the Tony Award for best leading actress in a musical.

After a very crowded spring in which 18 Broadway shows opened in two months, theatergoers and actors alike could finally exhale — and celebrate.

The Tony Awards were handed out on Sunday during a ceremony hosted, for the third year, by the Oscar-winning actress Ariana DeBose. A handful of awards were presented during a preshow on Pluto TV, followed by the main ceremony on CBS and Paramount+.

This Broadway season — comprising plays and musicals that opened during the eligibility period between April 28, 2023, and April 25, 2024 — featured scores of screen actors who took to the stage. Most of the winners were first-time Tony nominees, many of whom made their Broadway debuts.

Jeremy Strong won the Tony for best leading actor in a play for “An Enemy of the People”; Daniel Radcliffe scored his first Tony Award (in his fifth Broadway show) for his role in “Merrily We Roll Along”; Sarah Paulson took home a Tony for best leading actress in a play as the combustible Toni Lafayette in “Appropriate.” And Kara Young took home her first Tony Award for her performance in the comedic revival of “Purlie Victorious,” making her the first Black actor to be nominated for a Tony three years in a row.

“The Outsiders” won best new musical, and “Stereophonic,” which received the most nominations for a play in Tonys history, was awarded best new play. “Merrily We Roll Along,” Stephen Sondheim’s onetime flop, took home the honor for best musical revival.

A complete list of winners is below.

The Tony Award for best play went to “Stereophonic,” David Adjmi’s hit show about a 1970s band trying to record an album.Credit…Sara Krulwich/The New York Times

Best New Play

“Stereophonic” (Read our review.)

“The Outsiders” won best new musical. As The New York Times’s chief theater critic, Jesse Green, put it, Tony voters went with “the underdog show about perennial underdogs.”Credit…Sara Krulwich/The New York Times

Best New Musical

“The Outsiders” (Read our review.)

The playwright Branden Jacobs-Jenkins is joined by cast and crew from “Appropriate,” the Tony winner for best play revival. Credit…Sara Krulwich/The New York Times

Best Play Revival

“Appropriate” (Read our review.)

“Merrily We Roll Along” won the Tony for best musical revival. Sondheim’s original 1981 production, long considered a flop, closed just 12 days after opening.

Best Musical Revival

“Merrily We Roll Along” (Read our review.)

Best Book of a Musical

Shaina Taub, “Suffs” (Read our feature.)

Jeremy Strong’s turn as the doctor in “An Enemy of the People” took the prize for best leading actor in a play. It’s the “Succession” star’s first 

Best Leading Actor in a Play

Jeremy Strong, “An Enemy of the People” (Read our feature.)

Best Leading Actress in a Play

Sarah Paulson, “Appropriate” (Read our profile.)

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