Patti LuPone honors Broadway students and COVID security guards at Tonys 2022
The 73-year-old actress and singer won Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical at the 75th Tony Awards on Sunday for her role as Joanne in Company.
In her impassioned acceptance speech, LuPone first thanked the audience before expressing her gratitude to her co-workers, who she said are an “honor to work with every night.”
Continuing to thank the backstage staff, LuPone then celebrated “every stunt double on every stage in New York, and to every COVID safety officer” — the two groups who helped bring Broadway back after its 18-month hiatus. during the coronavirus pandemic.
The star concluded her post by adding, “I love you all. Thank you.”
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Bruce Glikas/Getty Left to right: Etai Benson, Patti LuPone, Katrina Lenk, Matt Doyle, Christopher Sieber and Terence Archie in Company
For the honor, LuPone edged out Jeannette Bayardelle (North Country Girl), Shoshana Bean (Mr Saturday night), Jayne Houdyshell (The music man) and L Morgan Lee (A strange loop), as well as her Company costar Jennifer Simard.
This is LuPone’s third Tony after winning Best Actress in a Musical for her roles in Avoided (1980) and Gypsy (2008).
The nomination is also LuPone’s eighth career total for the theater’s highest honor, among his two wins.
Company is up for nine Tonys, including one for Best Musical Cover. Directed by Marianne Elliott, which also won on Sunday night, the production won acclaim for its gendered take on the George Furth story, casting a woman (Tony winner Katrina Lenk) in the lead role of Bobbie for the first time.
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The 2022 Tony Awards are currently airing live from New York’s Radio City Music Hall on CBS and Paramount+.