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Some Like It Hot, the musical based on the 1959 film starring Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon and Marilyn Monroe, went into the Tony Awards on Sunday night with 13 nominations. Among the plays were Ain’t No Mo’, A Doll’s House and Tom Stoppard’s Leopoldstadt, with six nominations each.
Ariana Debose hosted the 2023 awards. She noted that she would not be reading from a script due to the Writers’ Guild of America’s strike.
Alex Newell and J. Harrison Ghee became the first non-binary Tony winners.
Kimberly Akimbo won Best New Musical, beating Some Like It Hot.
Jodie Comer won Best Leading Actress in a Play for Prima Facie, while Victoria Clark won Best Leading Actress in a Musical for Kimberly Akimbo.
Of the actors, Sean Hayes won for the play category for Good Night, Oscar, and J. Harrison Ghee won for the musicals for Some Like It Hot.
The featured awards went to Brandon Uranowitz for Leopoldstadt, Miriam Silverman for The Sign in Sidney Brustein’s Window, Alex Newell for Shucked and Bonnie Milligan for Kimberly Akimbo.
Patrick Marber won Best Direction of a Play for Leopoldstadt, and Michael Arden won for the musical category for Parade.
David Lindsay-Abaire won Best Book of a Musical for Kimberly Akimbo; the musical also won for best score by Jeanine Tesori, with lyrics by Lindsay-Abaire.
Some Like It Hot took Best Choreography, with Casey Nicholaw winning the prize, and Best Orchestrations for Charlie Rosen and Bryan Carter.
Tim Hatley and Andrzej Goulding won Best Scenic Design of a Play for Life of Pi; it was New York, New York that had the best for a musical, with Beowulf Boritt taking home that prize.
Brigitte Reiffensutel won Best Costume Design of a Play for Leopoldstadt, and Gregg Barnes won Best Costume Design of a Musical for Some Like It Hot.
Best Sound Design of a Play went to Carolyn Downing for Life of Pi, and Best Sound Design of a Musical was won by Nevin Steinberg for Sweeney Todd: the Demon Barber of Fleet Street.
The best lighting awards went to Tim Lutkin for Life of Pi and Natasha Katz for Sweeney Todd, for plays and musicals respectively.
Best Revival of a Play was won by Suzan-Lori Parks—Topdog/Underdog, and the Best Revival of a Musical by Parade.