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Des Moines Performing Arts Well-Represented at the Tony Awards

DMPA Tony Awards

Des Moines Performing Arts Well-Represented on Broadway’s Biggest Night

Colson Thayer

Broadway’s biggest names came together on Sunday night at the United Palace Theatre for The 76th Annual Tony Awards. The star-studded night was full of performances from Broadway’s best shows, including two shows, & Juliet and Some Like it Hot, Des Moines Performing Arts (DMPA) invested in as a part of the Independent Presenters Network, a consortium of 40 leading Broadway presenters, theaters and performing arts centers.

History was made when Shucked’s Alex Newell and Some Like it Hot’s J. Harrison Ghee became the first openly nonbinary performers to win Tony Awards.

“My mother raised me to understand that my gifts that God gave me were not about me. To use them to be effective in the world, to help somebody else’s journey,” Ghee said Sunday night. “For every trans, nonbinary, gender-nonconforming human, whoever was told you couldn’t be, you couldn’t be seen, this is for you,” Ghee said.

Ghee won the award for best performance by an actor in a leading role in a musical as Jerry/Daphne in the revival of Some Like It Hot.

Awards for each DMPA invested show are as follows:

Life of Pi

  • BEST SCENIC DESIGN OF A PLAY | Tim Hatley & Andrzej Goulding
  • BEST LIGHTING DESIGN OF A PLAY | Tim Lutkin
  •  BEST SOUND DESIGN OF A PLAY | Carolyn Downing

Some Like It Hot

  • BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE IN A MUSICAL | J. Harrison Ghee
  • BEST COSTUME DESIGN OF A MUSICAL | Gregg Barnes
  • BEST CHOREOGRAPHY | Casey Nicholaw
  • BEST ORCHESTRATIONS | Charlie Rosen & Bryan Carter

For more information and a full list of winners visit https://www.tonyawards.com/

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