After a tumultuous year of crises and delays, the Tony Awards ceremony is back with its 74th annual ceremony honoring the best in musicals, plays and revivals of American theatre. Broadway is officially back, but before the trophies are handed out, learn more about the extraordinary woman for whom the theater’s most prestigious award was nominated.
Broadway is back
The 74th Annual Tony Awards airs September 26 on CBS and Paramount+. The ceremony will be hosted by six-time Tony winners Audra McDonald and Leslie Odom Jr., who took home the 2016 Tony for Best Actor in a Musical for their portrayal of Aaron Burr in the musical. hamilton.
McDonald’s in conversation with Odom Interview Theater in 2020, and her recollection of life’s trepidation and abrupt halt.
“March 13 was a big shutdown day,” McDonald’s said. “I did a very socially distanced concert in Aspen. It was the longest I’ve stopped in a while. I’m lucky to be able to say that. And honestly, apart from the fear and panic, we All too worried about their friends and their colleagues in this business, they started making them pack up and leave the city as they could not afford to stay.”
Regarding Broadway’s return, Odom said, “I don’t think it’s going to be easy. People have different hiring practices, and a different way of speaking in these rooms, but I think we’re going to get into this.” Moving on to the opportunity.
Actor, producer and director Antoinette Perry was named for the Theater Award
The Tony Awards are named after leading theater actor and director Antoinette Perry, who opened doors for other women to take the lead on the stage. Perry was a star of the theater and worked with producer Brock Pemberton for decades. She eventually moved from acting to directing plays including jenny In 1942, column to post in 1943, and 1944 Pulitzer Prize winner Harvey (Which was adapted for film in 1950 and starred James Stewart).
The actor and director helped establish the American Theater Wing in the 1940s, an organization that provided entertainment for soldiers overseas.
Perry died in 1946, and a year after his death, the American Theater Wing created the annual Antoinette Perry Awards (affectionately nicknamed Tony) for excellence and achievement on the American stage.
Perry’s daughter remembers the ‘love’ of her mother’s life
In conversation with in 1998 Advertisement for the playPerry’s daughter Margaret spoke of her mother’s passion and dedication to the theatre.
“There were more loves in mother’s life,” she explained, “but theater was her first. Theater was what she lived and breathed in. If you were an actor, you would be on that pedestal.”
His mother became a stage star in her teens in the early 1900s. “Mom quickly became the effortlessly leading lady, equally at home in comedies or classics.”
After Perry gave up theatrical work to raise her family at her husband’s insistence, Margaret revealed: “Mother’s literary and bohemian set clashed with the father’s conservative lifestyle. When she became pregnant with me, the father persuaded her to leave the theater to raise the family. “
After her husband’s death in 1922, Perry returned to her first love. “I’m fighting for my survival,” Perry was quoted as saying in an interview. “There’s no attraction to a life of comfort. I’m longing to return to my second love. Should I keep walking in the same old monotonous circle of pulls and meals? It’s easy that way, but kind of like that.” Suicide too.”
Watch the 74th Annual Tony Awards on Sunday, September 26 on CBS and Paramount+.
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