Patti LuPone honors Broadway students and COVID security guards at Tonys 2022

Patti LuPone accepts the award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical for “Company” onstage during the 75th Annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 12, 2022 in New York City

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Patti LuPone is a triple Tony Award winner!

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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(L-R) Etai Benson, Patti LuPone, Katrina Lenk, Matt Doyle, Christopher Sieber and Terence Archie at the first reopening performance of "Company"  on Broadway at the Bernard Jacobs Theater on November 15, 2021 in New York City.

(L-R) Etai Benson, Patti LuPone, Katrina Lenk, Matt Doyle, Christopher Sieber and Terence Archie at the Broadway premiere of ‘Company’ reopening performance at the Bernard Jacobs Theater on November 15, 2021 in New York City.

Bruce Glikas/Getty Left to right: Etai Benson, Patti LuPone, Katrina Lenk, Matt Doyle, Christopher Sieber and Terence Archie in Company

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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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Oscar winner and former Tony nominee Ariana DeBose hosts the 75th show, which is currently airing live coast-to-coast from New York’s legendary Radio City Music Hall on CBS and Paramount+.

In the coveted Best New Musical category, North country girl, MJ the musical, Mr Saturday night, Paradise Square, SIX: The Musical and A strange loop will all compete for the top prize.

In addition, Angela Lansbury received the 2022 Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the theater, marking his sixth Tony.

The 2022 Tony Awards are currently airing live from New York’s Radio City Music Hall on CBS and Paramount+.


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