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Tony Award Winners 2024: The Outsiders and Stereophonic Take the Top Prizes

By: Raven Snook
Date: Jun 14, 2024
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Broadway's biggest night is over, and no one show dominated. Stereophonic won five awards, including Best Play, and Merrily We Roll Along snagged four prizes, including Best Musical Revival and Best Leading and Featured Actor. But in the new musical category, the winners were spread among The Outsiders, which took home four statuettes, including Best Musical and Best Director; Suffs, which snagged Best Score and Score Book, and Hell's Kitchen, which won Best Actress and Featured Actor.

Below is a complete list of winners along with some of our favorite moments and quotes.

Shaina Taub, a longtime favorite beyond Broadway, picked up the night's first Tony Award for Best Book for Suffs. She thanked her longtime artistic home, The Public Theater, and urged everyone to vote, of course.

Thrilled TDF/Kitty Leech Ascending Artist Award winner Dede Ayite received her first Tony Award for Best Costume Design of a Play for Jaja's African Hair Braiding! Here's a fabulous interview we did with her back in 2022. Loved her Ghana shout-out! Would you believe she's the first Black costume designer to win this prize? Unacceptable. 

Another TDF/Kitty Leech Ascending Artist Award winner, Linda Cho, won her second Tony Award for Best Costume Design of a Musical for The Great Gatsby. Her story about her immigrant mother telling her a life in the arts was not possible for her was heartbreaking, even though it was meant to protect her. Mothers don't always do the right thing... just look at all the terrible mother characters on Broadway this season!

Such a fitting tribute to Stephen Sondheim, having Jonathan Tunick finally win a Tony for orchestrating one of the late genius' scores!

Clearly the Best Scenic Design of a Musical was going to go to one of the two nominees who reconfigured their entire theatres. Tom Scutt won for Cabaret at the Kit Kat Club over David Korins for Here Lies Love.

And another TDF/Kitty Leech Ascending Artist Award winner, David Zinn, won for Best Scenic Design of a Play for Stereophonic. This will be the first of many prizes for that play tonight.

Six-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald presented the Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre Award to George C. Wolfe, who will be directing her in a revival of Gypsy this fall. There's an excellent chance they'll be back at the Tony Awards next year as nominees.

Ballet star turned choreographer, Justin Peck, won for Best Choreography for Illinoise. This is his second Tony Award after the 2018 revival of Carousel, and we spoke to him back then about his creative process.

Hana S. Kim, who won for Best Lighting Design of a Musical for The Outsiders, made us laugh with, "I did not expect to have this much flesh out in the world," and made us cry with her story of immigrating here to pursue her dream.

Jane Cox, who won for Best Lighting Design of a Play for Appropriate, thanked all the associates on all the shows.

Jack O'Brien is such a character. "No one in this room answered an ad saying, 'Glittering theatrical types needed to save a moribund industry.'" His tribute to the power of theatre to change lives was beautiful.

Apparently, Sarah Paulson has been staying at Julianne Hough's house! How do I get on that house swap list?!

Ryan Rumery won for Best Sound Design of a Play for Stereophonic, a play set in a sound studio. That's two Awards for Stereophonic, with more to come.

First curse! "I can't believe I'm crying in front of so many f'ing people," exclaimed Cody Spencer, who won the Best Sound Design of a Musical for The Outsiders. My entire feed cut out for about a minute. How perfect that the sound designer unwittingly messed up the sound.

Love everything about Billy Porter. "Where's my speech babies! I'm a producer so I know what time it is." He could have just kept singing! But his speech was so rousing: his Toni Morrison quote, his John Lewis impression, his tribute to his late mother, all gorgeous.

Ariana DeBose championing the power of theatre to unite people and change the world. It is so time for her to come back to Broadway.

Jeremy Strong thanking the ushers and front-of-house staff during his acceptance speech for Best Leading Actor in a Play was a class act.

Alicia Keys, Jay-Z and the cast of Hell's Kitchen brought down the house. Hopefully ticket buyers know the first two aren't IN the show!

Will Brill making the rest of the Stereophonic cast stand to be recognized during his acceptance speech for Best Featured Actor was awesome. "I wouldn't be here without my therapist."

"Introducing children to the arts ensures the future of theatre," said Wendell Pierce. He's right!

Danya Taymor is now a Tony-winning director, just like her aunt Julie Taymor. Her speech for The Outsiders was beautiful, especially this sentiment: "What some may perceive as a liability or weakness in you may be a superpower. Artistic risk yields rewards." It certainly worked out for her!

Daniel Radcliffe to his dad, "Thank you for playing Sondheim in the car." Great parenting!

"People stop texting me, Jesus!" - Kecia Lewis

Shaina Taub name-checked the amazingly talented women who came before her, including the late Elizabeth Swados, Jeanine Tesori and Lynn Ahrens.

"We need to fund the arts in America. It is the hallmark of a civilized society." - David Adjmi in his acceptance speech for Best Play for Stereophonic

"Musical theatre is saving my soul."-Jonathan Groff in his acceptance speech for Best Leading Actor in a Musical for Merrily We Roll Along

Best Musical

WINNER The Outsiders
Hell's Kitchen

Illinoise
Suffs
Water for Elephants

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

WINNER Jonathan Groff in Merrily We Roll Along
Brody Grant in The Outsiders
Dorian Harewood in The Notebook - read our interview with Harewood on TDF Stages
Brian d'Arcy James in Days of Wine and Roses
Eddie Redmayne in Cabaret at the Kit Kat Club

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

WINNER Maleah Joi Moon in Hell's Kitchen
Eden Espinosa in Lempicka
Kelli O'Hara in Days of Wine and Roses
Maryann Plunkett in The Notebook - read our interview with Plunkett on TDF Stages
Gayle Rankin in Cabaret at the Kit Kat Club

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

WINNER Sarah Paulson in Appropriate
Betsy Aidem in Prayer for the French Republic
Jessica Lange in Mother Play
Rachel McAdams in Mary Jane
Amy Ryan in Doubt: A Parable

Best Revival of a Musical

WINNER Merrily We Roll Along
Cabaret at the Kit Kat Club

Gutenberg! The Musical
The Who's Tommy

Best Play

WINNER Stereophonic by David Adjmi
Jaja's African Hair Braiding
by Jocelyn Bioh
Mary Jane by Amy Herzog
Mother Play by Paula Vogel
Prayer for the French Republic by Joshua Harmon

Best Revival of a Play

WINNER Appropriate by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins
An Enemy of the People adapted by Amy Herzog
Purlie Victorious: A Non-Confederate Romp Through the Cotton Patch by Ossie Davis

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

WINNER Suffs by Shaina Taub
Days of Wine and Roses
by Adam Guettel
Here Lies Love by David Byrne and Fatboy Slim
The Outsiders by Jamestown Revival (Jonathan Clay and Zach Chance) and Justin Levine
Stereophonic by Will Butler

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

WINNER Kecia Lewis for Hell's Kitchen
Shoshana Bean for Hell's Kitchen
Amber Iman for Lempicka - read an interview with Iman on TDF Stages
Nikki M. James for Suffs
Leslie Rodriguez Kritzer for Spamalot - read an interview with Kritzer on TDF Stages
Lindsay Mendez for Merrily We Roll Along
Bebe Neuwirth for Cabaret at the Kit Kat Club

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

WINNER Daniel Radcliffe for Merrily We Roll Along
Roger Bart for Back to the Future: The Musical
Joshua Boone for The Outsiders
Brandon Victor Dixon for Hell's Kitchen
Sky Lakota-Lynch for The Outsiders
Steven Skybell for Cabaret at the Kit Kat Club

Best Direction of a Musical

WINNER Danya Taymor for The Outsiders
Maria Friedman for Merrily We Roll Along
Michael Greif for Hell's Kitchen
Leigh Silverman for Suffs
Jessica Stone for Water for Elephants

Best Direction of a Play

WINNER Daniel Aukin for Stereophonic
Anne Kauffman for Mary Jane
Kenny Leon for Purlie Victorious: A Non-Confederate Romp Through the Cotton Patch
Lila Neugebauer for Appropriate - read an interview with Lila Neugebauer on TDF Stages
Whitney White for Jaja's African Hair Braiding

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

WINNER Kara Young for Purlie Victorious: A Non-Confederate Romp Through the Cotton Patch
Quincy Tyler Bernstine for Doubt: A Parable
Juliana Canfield for Stereophonic
Celia Keenan-Bolger for Mother Play
Sarah Pidgeon for Stereophonic

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

WINNER Will Brill for Stereophonic - read an interview with Brill on TDF Stages
Eli Gelb for Stereophonic
Jim Parsons for Mother Play
Tom Pecinka for Stereophonic
Corey Stoll for Appropriate

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

WINNER Jeremy Strong in An Enemy of the People
William Jackson Harper in Uncle Vanya
Leslie Odom, Jr. in Purlie Victorious: A Non-Confederate Romp Through the Cotton Patch
Liev Schreiber in Doubt: A Parable
Michael Stuhlbarg in Patriots

Best Book of a Musical

WINNER Suffs by Shaina Taub
Hell's Kitchen
by Kristoffer Diaz
The Notebook by Bekah Brunstetter
The Outsiders by Adam Rapp and Justin Levine
Water for Elephants by Rick Elice

Best Choreography

WINNER Justin Peck for Illinoise
Camille A. Brown for Hell's Kitchen
Annie-B Parson for Here Lies Love
Rick Kuperman and Jeff Kuperman for The Outsiders
Jesse Robb and Shana Carroll for Water for Elephants

Best Orchestrations

WINNER Jonathan Tunick for Merrily We Roll Along
Timo Andres for Illinoise
Will Butler and Justin Craig for Stereophonic
Justin Levine, Matt Hinkley and Jamestown Revival (Jonathan Clay and Zach Chance) for The Outsiders
Tom Kitt and Adam Blackstone for Hell's Kitchen

Best Costume Design of a Play

WINNER Dede Ayite for Jaja's African Hair Braiding
Dede Ayite for Appropriate
Enver Chakartash for Stereophonic
Emilio Sosa for Purlie Victorious: A Non-Confederate Romp Through the Cotton Patch
David Zinn for An Enemy of the People

Best Costume Design of a Musical

WINNER Linda Cho for The Great Gatsby
Dede Ayite for Hell's Kitchen
David Israel Reynoso for Water for Elephants
Tom Scutt for Cabaret at the Kit Kat Club
Paul Tazewell for Suffs

Best Scenic Design of a Musical

WINNER Tom Scutt for Cabaret at the Kit Kat Club
AMP featuring Tatiana Kahvegian for The Outsiders
Robert Brill and Peter Nigrini for Hell's Kitchen
Takeshi Kata for Water for Elephants
David Korins for Here Lies Love
Riccardo Hernández and Peter Nigrini for Lempicka
Tim Hatley and Finn Ross for Back to the Future: The Musical

Best Scenic Design of a Play

WINNER David Zinn for Stereophonic
dots for Appropriate
dots for An Enemy of the People
Derek McLane for Purlie Victorious: A Non-Confederate Romp Through the Cotton Patch
David Zinn for Jaja's African Hair Braiding

Best Sound Design of a Play

WINNER Ryan Rumery for Stereophonic
Justin Ellington and Stefania Bulbarella for Jaja's African Hair Braiding
Leah Gelpe for Mary Jane
Tom Gibbons for Grey House
Bray Poor and Will Pickets for Appropriate

Best Sound Design of a Musical

WINNER Cody Spencer for The Outsiders
M.L. Dogg and Cody Spencer for Here Lies Love
Kai Harada for Merrily We Roll Along
Nick Lidster for Autograph for Cabaret at the Kit Kat Club
Gareth Owen for Hell's Kitchen

Best Lighting Design of a Play

WINNER Jane Cox for Appropriate
Isabella Byrd for An Enemy of the People
Amith Chandrashaker for Prayer for the French Republic
Jiyoun Chang for Stereophonic
Natasha Katz for Grey House

Best Lighting Design of a Musical

WINNER Brian MacDevitt and Hana S. Kim for The Outsiders
Brandon Stirling Baker for Illinoise
Isabella Byrd for Cabaret at the Kit Kat Club
Natasha Katz for Hell's Kitchen
Bradley King and David Bengali for Water for Elephants

Special Prizes

Tony Honors for Excellence in the Theatre

Wendall K. Harrington, projection designer
Colleen Jennings-Roggernsack, arts leader
Judith O. Rubin, arts organization board member
Dramatists Guild Foundation
Samuel J. Friedman Health Center for the Performing Arts

Special Tony Awards for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre

Jack O’Brien, director, writer and producer
George C. Wolfe, director, writer and producer

Special Tony Awards

Alex Edelman, writer-performer of Just for Us
Abe Jacob, sound designer
Nikiya Mathis, hair and wig designer for Jaja's African Hair Braiding as well as an actor

Isabelle Stevenson Tony Award

Billy Porter

Tonys by the Numbers

Stereophonic: 5
Merrily We Roll Along: 4
The Outsiders: 4
Appropriate: 3
Hell's Kitchen: 2
Suffs: 2
Cabaret: 1
An Enemy of the People: 1
The Great Gatsby: 1
Illinoise: 1
Jaja's African Hair Braiding: 1
Purlie Victorious: 1

Raven Snook is the Editor of TDF Stages. Follow her on Facebook at @Raven.Snook. Follow TDF on Facebook at @TDFNYC.