Tony Awards 2022: Bernadette Peters pays tribute to Stephen Sondheim


Broadway star Bernadette Peters pays tribute to Stephen Sondheim at the Tony Awards as she delivers a stirring rendition of Children Will Listen

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Bernadette Peters, who starred in a number of Stephen Sondheim’s musicals over the decades, gave a stirring performance in honor of the recently deceased composer at the Tony Awards on Sunday. 

The Broadway star, 74, donned a glittering, strapless silver gown that accentuated her ample cleavage. 

Her curly brown hair was tied up into a bun and a pair of huge diamond earrings hung off her lobes.

Stirring performance: Bernadette Peters, gave a stirring performance in honor of the recently deceased composer Stephen Sondheim

Glittering: The Broadway star, 74, donned a glittering, strapless silver gown that accentuated her ample cleavage

Stirring performance: Bernadette Peters, gave a stirring performance in honor of the recently deceased composer Stephen Sondheim

She sang Children Will Listen from Sondheim’s famous musical Into the Woods on the stage at Radio City Music Hall. 

Sondheim, who passed away last November at the age of 91, wrote the music and lyrics for a number of critically-acclaimed Broadway shows. 

The New York City native wrote the lyrics for West Side Story and Gypsy early in his career, but later dedicated his career to writing both music and lyrics. 

Tribute: Stephen Sondheim wrote the lyrics for West Side Story and Gypsy early in his career, but later dedicated his career to writing both music and lyrics.(Pictured in 2004)

Tribute: Stephen Sondheim wrote the lyrics for West Side Story and Gypsy early in his career, but later dedicated his career to writing both music and lyrics.(Pictured in 2004) 

One of many: The Greatest Showman star Hugh Jackman and Shrek the Musical actress Sutton Foster took the stage to perform a number from The Music Man

One of many: The Greatest Showman star Hugh Jackman and Shrek the Musical actress Sutton Foster took the stage to perform a number from The Music Man

Pristine: They each wore white drum major uniforms with band members in bright red band uniforms playing their instruments behind the pair

Big finish: Jackman and Foster joined hands and threw their others in the air at the close of the upbeat song

So much music: The Greatest Showman star Hugh Jackman and Shrek the Musical actress Sutton Foster took the stage to perform a number from The Music Man

He created Company, a revival of which was nominated for multiple Tonys this year, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Into the Woods, Sunday in the Park with George and many more internationally-beloved musicals. 

Peters was one of just many actors to perform during the star-studded awards ceremony.

The Greatest Showman star Hugh Jackman and Shrek the Musical actress Sutton Foster took the stage to perform a number from The Music Man. 

They each wore white drum major uniforms with band members in bright red band uniforms playing their instruments behind the pair. 

Jackman and Foster joined hands and threw their others in the air at the close of the upbeat song. 

Big number: Comedy legend Billy Crystal took to the stage to perform a song from Mr. Saturday Night, the musical based on his 1992 film of the same name

Big number: Comedy legend Billy Crystal took to the stage to perform a song from Mr. Saturday Night, the musical based on his 1992 film of the same name

Navy blazer: He looked stylish in a dark blue blazer, a white ruffled shirt and a black bowtie

Big finish: The 74-year-old legend sang A Little Joy from the show which received five Tony nominations

Bringing it back: Comedy legend Billy Crystal took to the stage to perform a song from Mr. Saturday Night, the musical based on his 1992 film of the same name

Legendary singers: Sarah Silverman, Ariana DeBose and Bill Crystal all appeared together at one point

Legendary singers: Sarah Silverman, Ariana DeBose and Bill Crystal all appeared together at one point 

Comedy legend Billy Crystal took to the stage to perform a song from Mr. Saturday Night, the musical based on his 1992 film of the same name. 

He looked stylish in a dark blue blazer, a white ruffled shirt and a black bowtie. 

The 74-year-old legend sang A Little Joy from the show which received five Tony nominations. 

Patti LuPone, who won her third Tony on Sunday, performed alongside her Company co-stars at the event. 

This new revival of Company stars Katrina Lenk, a woman, as Bobbie who is traditionally played by a man. She wore a ruffled red blouse and matching slacks onstage. 

Legend: Patti LuPone, who won her third Tony on Sunday, performed alongside her Company co-stars at the event

Legend: Patti LuPone, who won her third Tony on Sunday, performed alongside her Company co-stars at the event

Gender-swapped: This new revival of Company stars Katrina Lenk, a woman, as Bobbie who is traditionally played by a man

Gender-swapped: This new revival of Company stars Katrina Lenk, a woman, as Bobbie who is traditionally played by a man

Fiery: She wore a ruffled red blouse and matching slacks onstage

Fiery: She wore a ruffled red blouse and matching slacks onstage

Rustic: Mare Winningham donned blue slacks, a turquoise sweater with the sleeves rolled up to her elbows and a scarf wrapped round her neck

 Rustic: Mare Winningham donned blue slacks, a turquoise sweater with the sleeves rolled up to her elbows and a scarf wrapped round her neck

Mare Winningham donned blue slacks, a turquoise sweater with the sleeves rolled up to her elbows and a scarf wrapped round her neck. 

She performed Like a Rolling Stone before her co-star Jeannette Bayardelle sang Pressing On from the Girl From North Country, a musical based on Bob Dylan’s music. 

Bayardelle donned a silky white dress covered in lilac flowers with short sleeves that ended just above her elbows. 

Myles Frost donned a white t-shirt underneath a matching blazer with a black ring around her right elbow. 

He added a white hat with a black ribbon tied around the fedora, an outfit pulled directly from Michael Jackson’s own wardrobe which his show MJ: The Musical is based on. 

Rock legend: She performed Like a Rolling Stone before her co-star Jeannette Bayardelle sang Pressing On from the Girl From North Country, a musical based on Bob Dylan's music

Rock legend: She performed Like a Rolling Stone before her co-star Jeannette Bayardelle sang Pressing On from the Girl From North Country, a musical based on Bob Dylan’s music

Silky: Bayardelle donned a silky white dress covered in floral lilac flowers with short sleeves that ended just above her elbows

 Silky: Bayardelle donned a silky white dress covered in floral lilac flowers with short sleeves that ended just above her elbows

Pristine: Myles Frost donned a white t-shirt underneath a matching blazer with a black ring around her right elbow

Pristine: Myles Frost donned a white t-shirt underneath a matching blazer with a black ring around her right elbow

Surrounded: He shimmied across the stage with a number of ensemble dancers taking the stage behind him

Surrounded: He shimmied across the stage with a number of ensemble dancers taking the stage behind him

Lean back: Frost hit a deep lean off to his left before twirling and removing his fedora

 Lean back: Frost hit a deep lean off to his left before twirling and removing his fedora

Spin: He twirled and removed his fedora onstage

Spin: He twirled and removed his fedora onstage

He shimmied across the stage with a number of ensemble dancers taking the stage behind him. 

Frost hit a deep lean off to his left before twirling and removing his fedora. 

The original cast of Spring Awakening, including Jonathan Groff and Lea Michele, took the stage 15 years after the show won Best Musical at the 2007 Tony Awards. 

They wore pitch black ensembles as they performed song from the critically-acclaimed show. 

The cast of A Strange Loop, which was nominated for 11 awards at the night’s ceremony, performed a song where one of the main stars sang in a bellhop’s uniform. 

Ensemble dancers wore light purple outfits and danced around the bellhop during the performance. 

Reawakening: The original cast of Spring Awakening, including Jonathan Groff and Lea Michele, took the stage 15 years after the show won Best Musical at the 2007 Tony Awards

Reawakening: The original cast of Spring Awakening, including Jonathan Groff and Lea Michele, took the stage 15 years after the show won Best Musical at the 2007 Tony Awards

All black: They wore pitch black ensembles as they performed song from the critically-acclaimed show

All black: They wore pitch black ensembles as they performed song from the critically-acclaimed show

Biggest nominee: The cast of A Strange Loop, which was nominated for 11 awards at the night's ceremony, performed a song where one of the main stars sang in a bellhop's uniform

Biggest nominee: The cast of A Strange Loop, which was nominated for 11 awards at the night’s ceremony, performed a song where one of the main stars sang in a bellhop’s uniform

With the ensemble: Ensemble dancers wore light purple outfits and danced around the bellhop during the performance

With the ensemble: Ensemble dancers wore light purple outfits and danced around the bellhop during the performance

Strife during war: The musical follows conflict between Black Americans and Irish Americans during the American Civil War

Award winner: Kalukango won the Tony for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical

Racial tensions: Joaquina Kalukango, who stars in Paradise Square, donned a pre-20th century black dress with long sleeves while she performed

Joaquina Kalukango, who stars in Paradise Square, donned a 19th century black dress with long sleeves while she performed. 

She sang alongside a number of other women, dressed as barmaids, who sang a song from the musical nominated for 10 Tony Awards. 

The musical follows conflict between Black Americans and Irish Americans during the American Civil War.  

Awards: She sang alongside a number of other women, dressed as barmaids, who sang a song from the musical nominated for 10 Tony Awards

Awards: She sang alongside a number of other women, dressed as barmaids, who sang a song from the musical nominated for 10 Tony Awards

Lots of songs: As the show's host, Ariana DeBose had to perform a number of songs at the show including a medley of Broadway songs

Lots of songs: As the show’s host, Ariana DeBose had to perform a number of songs at the show including a medley of Broadway songs

Silver and white: DeBose donned a silver vest over a sheer white long sleeve shirt and leggings with a pair of white shoes

Big hat: DeBose wore a huge-brimmed hat while smiling and clapping onstage

West Side song: She sang Somewhere from West Side Story during the opening number of the show

As the show’s host, Ariana DeBose had to perform a number of songs at the show including a medley of Broadway songs. 

She sang Somewhere from West Side Story during the opening number of the show. 

DeBose donned a silver vest over a sheer white long sleeve shirt and leggings with a pair of white shoes. 

She wore a huge-brimmed white hat during the performance before being lifted up into the hands of other dancers. 

Lifted: She was lifted up into the hands of other dancers

Lifted: She was lifted up into the hands of other dancers

2022 Tony Award Winners

Best Play

Clyde’s, by Lynn Nottage

Hangmen, by Martin McDonagh

The Lehman Trilogy, by Stefano Massini and Ben Power- WINNER

The Minutes, by Tracy Letts

Skeleton Crew, by Dominique Morisseau

Best Musical

Girl From The North Country

MJ

Mr. Saturday Night

Paradise Square

SIX: The Musical

A Strange Loop – WINNER

Best Revival of a Play

American Buffalo

for colored girls who have considered suicide/ when the rainbow is enuf

How I Learned to Drive, by Paula Vogel

Take Me Out – WINNER

Trouble in Mind, by Alice Childress

Best Revival of a Musical

Caroline, or Change

Company – WINNER

The Music Man

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical

Billy Crystal, Mr. Saturday Night

Myles Frost, MJ – WINNER

Hugh Jackman, The Music Man

Rob McClure, Mrs. Doubtfire

Jaquel Spivey, A Strange Loop

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical

Sharon D Clarke, Caroline, or Change

Carmen Cusack, Flying Over Sunset

Sutton Foster, The Music Man

Joaquina Kalukango, Paradise Square – WINNER

Mare Winningham, Girl From The North Country

Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical

Matt Doyle, Company – WINNER

Sidney DuPont, Paradise Square

Jared Grimes, Funny Girl

John-Andrew Morrison, A Strange Loop

A.J. Shively, Paradise Square

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play

Simon Russell Beale, The Lehman Trilogy – WINNER

Adam Godley, The Lehman Trilogy

Adrian Lester, The Lehman Trilogy

David Morse, How I Learned to Drive

Sam Rockwell, American Buffalo

Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Lackawanna Blues

David Threlfall, Hangmen

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play

Gabby Beans, The Skin of Our Teeth

LaChanze, Trouble in Mind

Ruth Negga, Macbeth

Deirdre O’Connell, Dana H. – WINNER

Mary-Louise Parker, How I Learned to Drive

Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical

Jeannette Bayardelle, Girl From The North Country

Shoshana Bean, Mr. Saturday Night

Jayne Houdyshell, The Music Man

L Morgan Lee, A Strange Loop

Patti LuPone, Company – WINNER

Jennifer Simard, Company

Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play

Alfie Allen, Hangmen

Chuck Cooper, Trouble in Mind

Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Take Me Out – WINNER

Ron Cephas Jones, Clyde’s

Michael Oberholtzer, Take Me Out

Jesse Williams, Take Me Out

Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play

Uzo Aduba, Clyde’s

Rachel Dratch, POTUS: Or, Behind Every Great Dumbass are Seven Women Trying to Keep Him Alive

Kenita R. Miller, for colored girls who have considered suicide/ when the rainbow is enuf

Phylicia Rashad, Skeleton Crew – WINNER

Julie White, POTUS: Or, Behind Every Great Dumbass are Seven Women Trying to Keep Him Alive

Kara Young, Clyde’s

Best Book of a Musical

Girl From The North Country, Conor McPherson

MJ, Lynn Nottage

Mr. Saturday Night, Billy Crystal, Lowell Ganz & Babaloo Mandel

Paradise Square, Christina Anderson, Craig Lucas & Larry Kirwan

A Strange Loop, Michael R. Jackson – WINNER

 

Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre

Flying Over Sunset; Music by Tom Kitt, Lyrics by Michael Korie

Mr. Saturday Night; Music by Jason Robert Brown, Lyrics by Amanda Green

Paradise Square; Music by Jason Howland, Lyrics by Nathan Tysen and Masi Asare

SIX: The Musical, Music and Lyrics by Toby Marlow & Lucy Moss – WINNER

A Strange Loop, Music and Lyrics by Michael R. Jackson

Best Scenic Design of a Play

Beowulf Boritt, POTUS: Or, Behind Every Great Dumbass are Seven Women Trying to Keep Him Alive

Michael Carnahan and Nicholas Hussong, Skeleton Crew

Es Devlin, The Lehman Trilogy – WINNER

Anna Fleischle, Hangmen

Scott Pask, American Buffalo

Adam Rigg, The Skin of Our Teeth

Best Scenic Design of a Musical

Beowulf Boritt and 59 Productions, Flying Over Sunset

Bunny Christie, Company – WINNER

Arnulfo Maldonado, A Strange Loop

Derek McLane and Peter Nigrini, MJ

Allen Moyer, Paradise Square

Best Costume Design of a Play

Montana Levi Blanco, The Skin of Our Teeth – WINNER

Sarafina Bush, for colored girls who have considered suicide/ when the rainbow is enuf

Emilio Sosa, Trouble in Mind

Jane Greenwood, Neil Simon’s Plaza Suite

Jennifer Moeller, Clyde’s

Best Costume Design of a Musical

Fly Davis, Caroline, or Change

Toni-Leslie James, Paradise Square

William Ivey Long, Diana, The Musical

Santo Loquasto, The Music Man

Gabriella Slade, SIX: The Musical – WINNER

Paul Tazewell, MJ

Best Lighting Design of a Play

Joshua Carr, Hangmen

Jiyoun Chang, for colored girls who have considered suicide/ when the rainbow is enuf

Jon Clark, The Lehman Trilogy – WINNER

Jane Cox, Macbeth

Yi Zhao, The Skin of Our Teeth

Best Lighting Design of a Musical

Neil Austin, Company

Tim Deiling, SIX: The Musical

Donald Holder, Paradise Square

Natasha Katz, MJ – WINNER

Bradley King, Flying Over Sunset

Jen Schriever, A Strange Loop

Best Sound Design of a Play

Justin Ellington, for colored girls who have considered suicide/ when the rainbow is enuf

Mikhail Fiksel, Dana H. – WINNER

Palmer Hefferan, The Skin of Our Teeth

Nick Powell and Dominic Bilkey, The Lehman Trilogy

Mikaal Sulaiman, Macbeth

Best Sound Design of a Musical

Simon Baker, Girl From The North Country

Paul Gatehouse, SIX: The Musical

Ian Dickinson for Autograph, Company

Drew Levy, A Strange Loop

Gareth Owen, MJ – WINNER

Best Direction of a Play

Lileana Blain-Cruz, The Skin of Our Teeth

Camille A. Brown, for colored girls who have considered suicide/ when the rainbow is enuf

Sam Mendes, The Lehman Trilogy – WINNER

Neil Pepe, American Buffalo

Les Waters, Dana H.

Best Direction of a Musical

Stephen Brackett, A Strange Loop

Marianne Elliott, Company – WINNER

Conor McPherson, Girl From The North Country

Lucy Moss & Jamie Armitage, SIX: The Musical

Christopher Wheeldon, MJ

Best Choreography

Camille A. Brown, for colored girls who have considered suicide/ when the rainbow is enuf

Warren Carlyle, The Music Man

Carrie-Anne Ingrouille, SIX: The Musical

Bill T. Jones, Paradise Square

Christopher Wheeldon, MJ – WINNER

Best Orchestrations

David Cullen, Company

Tom Curran, SIX: The Musical

Simon Hale, Girl From The North Country – WINNER

Jason Michael Webb and David Holcenberg, MJ

Charlie Rosen, A Strange Loop

 

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