The 75th Tony Awards ceremony honors diversity and finance

The big winners of the evening, which took place in New York on Sunday, were a play about Lehman Brothers Bank, a musical about Michael Jackson and the story of a black man and a gay man who dreams of becoming a writer.

Several plays about diversity, queer culture, and finance won the Tony Awards ceremony this Sunday in New York. Often compared to theatrical Oscars, these 75e The Tony Awards, which aired on CBS, marked the end of the season of renewal for the American Capital of Culture, which reopened in the fall of 2021 after 18 months of closure due to Covid-19. The history of Lehman Brothers and musicals about Michael Jackson or a black and queer author have won the most prestigious awards.

On Wall Street it’s all about finances, Lehmann’s trilogy, who won five awards, including Best Play, Best Actor (Simon Russell Bill) and Best Director (Sam Mendes). The play by Italian Stefano Massini tells the story of the long life of the American investment bank Lehman Brothers, founded in the 19th century by three immigrant brothers from Germany, whose fall in 2008 caused the global financial crisis.

MJ Musical, a successful biopic about Michael Jackson, who received the consent of heirs and mixed reviews from critics for almost ignoring accusations of pedophilia against the “king of pop”, received four awards, including Best Actor. musical, for Miles Frost, 22 years. Two children of the star, who died in 2009 at the age of 50, Paris and Prince Jackson, took the stage.

Wonderful loopa favorite with 11 nominations, finally won two Tony, including the most prestigious, best musical comedy and best musical libretto by its author Michael R. Jackson.

Devoted comedy and gives visibility

The musical tells the story of a theater presenter, a novice artist, black and strange, like Michael R. Jackson, who wants to become an author on Broadway. “I felt invisible. I did not feel that I was being listened to, I felt that I was not understood. And I wanted to build a small lifeboat for myself, like a black gay man. “said the artist, very moved and applauded, wrapped in a large fuchsia cape. After her arrival on the stage of Radio City Music Hall, the winner of the ceremony Ariana DeBoz, winner of the “Oscar” for the role of Anita in the remake of the film West Side Storyshe told herself “proud” outpacing Broadway’s efforts to be more open to diversity.

After the pandemic and death of George Floyd, an African-American man killed by police in June 2020 that sparked a mass anti-racism movement in the United States, Broadway reopened in the fall of 2021 with seven plays or musicals written by black authors unheard of. “There is progress, but work must continue”praised by AFP singer and actor Darius de Haas, one of the founders of Black Theater United, which defends a more diverse performance in American theaters.

For him, “Producers and theater owners have opened their eyes and seen that not only can there be stories that reflect more diversity on Broadway, but that it can be cost-effective.”.

Located around the sizzling Times Square, 41 Broadway Theater is a legend of New York, but they are also one of its cultural, economic and tourist attractions. Before the pandemic, revenues easily exceeded $ 30 million a week, even $ 50 million a week during Christmas. This 2021-2022 season was disrupted again, but Broadway found a crowd, as did the 230,000 spectators who gathered there last week (about 300,000 in the equivalent week of 2019).