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BLAKE ROSS, Playbill Magazine Editor
Audra McDonald's bad-ass mic drop. No explanation needed.
Billy Porter's acceptance speech: Billy has defined the phrase "paying your dues," and I think many in the theatre community were pushing for his win as evident by the standing ovation he received upon his win. His speech was particularly moving when referencing his mother and her "willingness to embrace that which you don't understand with unconditional love is a template that the world could benefit from employing."
Cyndi Lauper: She just all-around rocked the Tonys this year. From her feat as the first female songwriter to win a Tony for both music and lyrics to her sincere tears when they announced her name as a nominee to her stunning rendition of "True Colors" during the In Memoriam section—she stole the show.
Finally crowning Diane Paulus the Queen of the Revival Reinvention: After ushering three productions to a Best Revival of a Musical Tony Award, Diane Paulus finally got her recognition as Best Director of a Musical for the thrilling Pippin. It was icing on the cake to see the phenomenal Pam MacKinnon win for her direction of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? It truly was a Ladies Night!
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