Stereophonic, Merrily We Roll Along, and More Get Emotional at 1st Performance After Becoming Tony Winners | Playbill

Tony Awards Stereophonic, Merrily We Roll Along, and More Get Emotional at 1st Performance After Becoming Tony Winners

The first Tuesday performance after Tony Awards Sunday was a tearful one.

The companies of Stereophonic and The Outsiders with their Tony Awards Valerie Terranova

As any theatre fan knows, the first performance after Tony Awards Sunday is usually an emotional one. Unlike award shows for film and TV, for theatre professionals, after they receive their prize, they have to go back to work. And for shows that win some awards, the mood is usually celebratory the first Tuesday performance after the Tony Awards. That was the case Tuesday, June 18. 

First up, the cast of Stereophonic (at the Golden Theatre) and the cast of The Outsiders (next door at the Jacobs Theatre) gathered together to snap a celebratory photo. Stereophonic won five Tony Awards, including Best Play, while The Outsiders won four, including Best Musical.

At Merrily We Roll Along, which won four prizes including Best Revival of a Musical, the mood was similarly jubilant. During the second act number "It's a Hit!," Jonathan Groff is usually handed a tape recorder and, while pretending it's a Tony Award, his character gives a mock acceptance speech where he says, "I would like to begin by thanking all of the hundreds of people who have turned down every show I have ever written so that I could win tonight for this one." 

During that moment June 18, the entire house burst into applause when Katie Rose Clark uttered the line "Tony Award" and handed Groff the tape recorder. The applause went on for over a minute, as Groff started crying, spinning in a circle, and jumping with joy. Groff had won a Tony for his performance in the show Sunday night, so the joy was apt. See the moment below.

Then at curtain call for Merrily, newly minted Tony winner Daniel Radcliffe brought out the show's director Maria Friedman to take a bow. Her sister, Merrily producer Sonia Friedman, also came out onstage. Maria Friedman didn't win a Tony, but her work was what helped the show win its Best Revival of a Musical Tony, so she earned her bows that night.

Curtain call was similarly emotional at Suffs, where Jenn Collela and Nikki M. James made some remarks. "We would like to celebrate a company member tonight. I don't know if you're aware but Sunday was a big night for us," said Collela, leading the audience in applause for Shaina Taub, who won two Tony Awards Sunday night. Taub also stars in the show as Alice Paul. 

Said James (as Taub looked on, teary-eyed): "She is not only our fearless leader and incredible collaborator...she is also the only [woman] in Tony history to win the Tony Award for Best Book and Best Score of a Musical by herself....I'm really so honored to stand here today and give her due, she is a legend. We love her so deeply." The cast then gave Taub two bouquets of flowers.

Then yesterday, June 19, the company of Hell's Kitchen, led by composer Alicia Keys, released a video wishing viewers a happy Juneteenth. In the video, the show's Tony winners Maleah Joi Moon and Kecia Lewis were also spotted holding their Tony Awards. See the video here

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