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Headline: Surprise Triumphs Mark an Unforgettable Night at the 2024 Tony Awards

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Angelina Jolie, Alicia Keys, others win big at 2024 Tony Awards [FULL LIST]

The theater world sparkled under the bright lights of the Lincoln Center last night as the 2024 Tony Awards celebrated a night of historic wins and heartfelt tributes. This year’s ceremony highlighted the triumphant journeys of both familiar faces and fresh talents, with standouts including newcomers like Angelina Jolie and cherished performers such as Daniel Radcliffe, who basked in the glory of their first Tony wins.

Angelina Jolie, known globally for her cinematic achievements, made waves in theater production with her musical, “The Outsiders: A New Musical,” claiming the coveted Best Musical award. This landmark win not only underscored her versatility as a producer but also placed her halfway to achieving the prestigious EGOT status—an honor given to those who win an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony.

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Signifying a pivotal moment in her career, Jolie’s success was shared with Daniel Radcliffe, who won Best Featured Actor in a Musical for his compelling role in “Merrily We Roll Along.” This award signals a promising expansion of Radcliffe’s already impressive portfolio, showcasing his dynamic range from the wizarding world of Harry Potter to the lights of Broadway.

However, the evening’s biggest winner was undoubtedly David Adjmi’s “Stereophonic.” The gripping narrative of this play resonated deeply with audiences and critics alike, capturing five wins out of its 13 nominations, including the prestigious Best Play award. Its success reflects the current zeitgeist, marrying contemporary themes with innovative storytelling techniques.

Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’ “Appropriate” also enjoyed a successful night, securing three awards and further solidifying his reputation as a vanguard of modern American theater. Meanwhile, Alicia Keys’ “Hell’s Kitchen,” although nominated ten times, managed to walk away with two well-deserved accolades, affirming the multifaceted artist’s impact on Broadway.

In the realm of lifetime achievements, the ceremony honored Jack O’Brien and George C. Wolfe with Special Tony Awards, celebrating their indelible contributions to the theater. Alongside them, Abe Jacob, Alex Edelman, and Nikiya Mathis were also recognized for their extraordinary influence and dedication to the performing arts.

Other distinguished honors for Excellence in the Theatre were awarded to Colleen Jennings-Roggensack, the Dramatists Guild Foundation, Judith O. Rubin, The Samuel J. Friedman Health Center for the Performing Arts, Wendall K. Harrington, and The Wilma Theater. These awards celebrate institutions and individuals whose work continues to uplift the breadth of theatrical expression.

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The full list of winners further encapsulates the diversity and depth of this year’s theatrical offerings. Here is a complete rundown:

**Best Play:**
– Mary Jane
– *Mother Play*
– Prayer for the French
– *Stereophonic* WINNER
– Jaja’s African Hair Braiding
– Republic

**Best Musical:**
– Suffs
– Water for Elephants
– *The Outsiders* WINNER
– Hell’s Kitchen
– Illinois

**Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play:**
– Betsy Aidem for Prayer for the French Republic
– Jessica Lange for Mother Play
– *Sarah Paulson for Appropriate* WINNER
– Rachel McAdams for Mary Jane
– Amy Ryan for Doubt: A Parable

**Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical:**
– *Jonathan Groff for Merrily We Roll Along* WINNER
– Brody Grant for The Outsiders
– Dorian Harewood for The Notebook
– Brian d’Arcy James for Days of Wine and Roses
– Eddie Redman

**Best Lighting Design of a Musical:**
– Jiyoun Chang for Stereophonic
– Natasha Katz for Grey House
– *Brian MacDevitt and Hana S. Kim for The Outsiders* WINNER
– Brandon Stirling Baker for Illinois

**Best Choreography:**
– Justin Peck for Illinois WINNER
– Camille A. Brown for Hell’s Kitchen
– Jesse Robb and Shana Carroll for Water for Elephants
– Rick Kuperman and Jeff Kuperman for The Outsiders
– Annie-B Parson for Here Lies Love

**Best Orchestrations:**
– *Jonathan Tunick for Merrily We Roll Along* WINNER
– Timo Andres for Illinois
– Tom Kitt and Adam Blackstone for Hell’s Kitchen
– Will Butler and Justin Craig for Stereophonic
– Justin Levine, Matt Hinkley, and Jamestown Revival (Jonathan Clay and Zach Chance) for The Outsiders

In summation, the 2024 Tony Awards were a celebration of innovation, achievement, and the enduring magic of live theater. As the curtains closed on this unforgettable night, the honored productions and performers will undoubtedly continue to inspire, entertain, and challenge audiences for years to come.

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