Angelina Jolie and Daniel Radcliffe Shine at the Tony Awards with First-Time Wins

Angelina Jolie and Daniel Radcliffe Shine at the Tony Awards with First-Time Wins

Riddhi Doshi 17/06/2024
Angelina Jolie and Daniel Radcliffe Shine at the Tony Awards with First-Time Wins

In a night filled with emotional speeches and historic wins, Angelina Jolie and Daniel Radcliffe both took home their first Tony Awards at Sunday’s ceremony in New York City.

The event celebrated the best of Broadway, with both stars earning accolades for their contributions to theatre.

Daniel Radcliffe, best known for his role as Harry Potter, won the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical for his performance in the revival of Stephen Sondheim's "Merrily We Roll Along." The musical, which garnered a total of four awards, has been lauded for its vibrant revival.

During his acceptance speech, the 34-year-old actor expressed heartfelt gratitude. He wished his father a happy Father’s Day and thanked his girlfriend, Erin Darke, and their son, calling them "the best thing that has ever happened to me." Radcliffe also reminisced about his parents playing Sondheim's music in the car, describing the play as "one of the best experiences of my life."

Jonathan Groff, Radcliffe’s co-star, also won his first Tony for his performance in the musical. In his speech, he praised Radcliffe and fellow co-star Lindsay Mendez, calling them "soulmates" and expressing excitement for their continued journey together.

Angelina Jolie took home her first Tony Award for producing "The Outsiders," which was named Best Musical. The production, based on S.E. Hinton's novel, explores the conflicts between two rival gangs of white Americans divided by socioeconomic status. It won a total of four awards out of twelve nominations.

Joined on stage by her 15-year-old daughter, Vivienne, Jolie was praised by the production's director, Danya Taymor, who acknowledged the "great women who have lifted me up" in her acceptance speech. The production's victory was marked by Jolie's emotional appearance on stage, celebrating the culmination of hard work and dedication.

Despite stiff competition from "Hell’s Kitchen," a semi-autobiographical musical by Alicia Keys, "The Outsiders" triumphed. "Hell’s Kitchen" received 13 nominations and secured two wins, including a featured actress award for veteran Kecia Lewis. In an emotional speech, Lewis reflected on her 40-year career in Broadway, sharing her journey from starting at the Imperial Theatre at 18 to winning her first Tony.

Alicia Keys and Jay-Z performed their hit song "Empire State of Mind" as a tribute to New York, bringing the audience to their feet.

"Stereophonic," the most nominated play in Tony history with 13 nods, took home five awards, including Best Play. Playwright David Adjmi, in his acceptance speech, emphasized the need for more funding in the arts, highlighting the difficulties of sustaining a career in this field. The play, set in the 1970s, follows a fictional rock band as they produce an album, capturing the era's cultural and musical transformations.

Jeremy Strong, known for his role as Kendall Roy in "Succession," won his first Tony for Lead Actor in a Play for his role in "An Enemy of the People." Strong described Henrik Ibsen’s environmental cautionary tale as "a cry from the heart," addressing contemporary environmental issues.

Sarah Paulson also celebrated her first Tony win, taking home the award for Best Actress in a Lead Role for her performance in the revival of "Appropriate." The play, a darkly comic drama, delves into the tumultuous dynamics of a family dealing with their father’s inheritance. Paulson, who has previously won an Emmy, is now halfway to achieving EGOT status.

The ceremony included a moving in-memoriam segment, featuring performances by US star Nicole Scherzinger, who recently triumphed at the Olivier Awards for her role in "Sunset Boulevard." The segment honored theatre legends who passed away, including British stars Sir Michael Gambon, Glenda Jackson, and Bill Kenwright, as well as US actors Louis Gossett Jr. and Ron Cephas Jones.

The 2024 Tony Awards was a night of firsts and heartfelt tributes. From Daniel Radcliffe and Angelina Jolie's significant wins to the touching in-memoriam segment, the ceremony showcased the vibrant, resilient spirit of Broadway. As theatre continues to evolve, these wins mark significant milestones in the careers of the stars and serve as an inspiration for future generations in the arts.

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Riddhi Doshi

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Riddhi Doshi trains and coaches corporate leaders, educators and parents on issues of mental health and behavior. She is an internationally certified Parenting & Behaviour Coach. In past 15+ years she has conducted 2540+ open workshops, delivered 87000+ hours of talks, 53000+ hours of counseling sessions covering 59000+ students and 62,000+ women from various fields. Parenting sessions conducted by Riddhi are housefull and recent;y she completed her 366th Parenting session. She has been a speaker and advisor at various institutions and organizations including IIM, Ahmedabad, Rotary Club, Tata Power, Larson & Toubro and The Time of India. She holds an MBA in HRD, LLM and numerous other professional certifications from prestigious international institutions including University of Cambridge, BSY University, London, City & Guilds, London, Tata Institute of Social Sciences and NMIMS, Mumbai. She has been awarded with “National Award for Cultural Activities by AVANTIKA- Delhi”, “Excellence in Wellness”, “Young Entrepreneurs Award”, “Self Made Diva Award” among various others. With a mission to “make corporate leaders, educators and parents empowered and more aware about mental health & wellness”, Riddhi regularly gives interviews on leading media platforms. She loves to interact with corporate leaders, educators and parents to discuss about women issues, child psychology and parenting challenges.

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