Anaïs Mitchell’s Hadestown Triumphs at the 2019 Tonys
By Sarah Finegold • June 10, 2019
Broadway buffs, rejoice! The 2019 Tony Awards delivered the drama and intrigue theater fans live for. ASCAP songwriter Anaïs Mitchell’s arresting folk-opera Hadestown won the night with eight Tonys, including Best Musical and Best Score for Mitchell herself. Her win is a historic one; Hadestown is the first best musical winner where book, music and lyrics were single-handedly written by a woman. An ambitious project almost a decade in the making, Hadestown provided Broadway audiences with an intriguing taste of something different, and Tony voters took notice.
ASCAP member and beloved musical theater star Andre Dé Shields won a long-overdue Tony for his beguiling portrayal of Hermes, Hadestown’s resident storyteller and showman; the infernally great cast took Radio City way down to Hades with a stellar performance, led by ASCAP Lester Sill Songwriters Workshop alum Reeve Carney.
ASCAP members and their music excelled in other categories as well. The experimental production of Oklahoma! (originally written by ASCAP Broadway legends Rodgers & Hammerstein) nabbed Best Revival, and ASCAP member Santino Fontana snagged a Tony for his pitch-perfect portrayal of Tootsie’s Michael Dorsey - or Dorothy Michaels? Either way, he put his best stilettoed foot forward!
Receiving non-competitive Tonys were ASCAP members Harold Wheeler (who was also nominated for his orchestrations to Ain’t Too Proud to Beg) and Jason Michael Webb (responsible for the vocal arrangements for the Tony-winning play Choir Boy).
With all the excellent Broadway fare on display, you’d better get your tickets ASAP! Congratulations to all of our Tony Awards victors:
Andre Dé Shields
Best Featured Actor in a Musical
Best Actor in a Musical
Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Oklahoma!
Best Revival of a Musical
Lifetime Achievement Award
Jason Michael Webb
Special Tony Award