Ali Stroker's Win & 7 More Must-See Tony Awards 2019 Moments

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Cranston dedicated his Tony award to real reporters.

One of the night's most emotive speeches came from Hadestown's Rachel Chavkin, who won for best direction of a musical. "There are so many women that are ready to go and there are so many artists of colour that are ready to go".

Porter told The Hollywood Reporter of his gown and making a statement at the event: "At the fitting, we spoke about making a pattern on the train that was in the shape of a uterus, but not obvious, of course".

"The Boys in the Band", a comic drama about a group of gay men at a birthday party first produced in the late 1960s, won best play revival. The show went on to win the award for Best Revival of a Musical later in the night. She's only the 10th woman to win a directing Tony.

"The Ferryman" also picked up the award for direction.

The crowd gave the actress, who became the first actor in a wheelchair in Broadway history in 2015, a standing ovation as she emotionally made her way to the stage, where she delivered an inspiring speech about overcoming limitations.

The Tony Awards dress rehearsal earlier Sunday morning - normally with few actual stars in attendance - got a shock of A-listers this year, including Samuel L. Jackson and his wife, LaTanya Richardson, Tina Fey, Jane Krakowski, Samira Wiley, Danai Gurira, Christopher Jackson, Lucy Liu and Marisa Tomei. This year also awarded Hadestown eight Tony Awards, including "Best Musical". Broadway legend André De Shields won his first Tony after an acting career spanning 50 years. Other British winners included Ink's Bertie Carvel who was named best featured actor in a play. But they're somehow so much better at blending the seasoned performers and the new in a way that doesn't feel cloying, and in a way that's beneficial.

Sergio Trujillo won the best choreography prize for "Ain't Too Proud - The Life and Times of the Temptations", saying in his speech that he arrived in NY decades ago without legal permission. "It was incredibly important to me as a child", Fontana also said in his acceptance speech.

"Thank you American Theatre wing for recognizing a powerful story with proper representation and people who have a genuine love for a genuine message and ART. Congratulations @hadestown". Attendance was 14.8 million - up 7.1% - and has risen steadily for decades.

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