Tony Awards: ‘Normal Heart’ wins for play revival
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Larry Kramer’s ‘The Normal Heart,’ which was performed at the Public Theatre in 1985, won the Tony Award for revival of a play. The ensemble drama follows a group of New Yorkers confronting the AIDS crisis in the early ‘80s.
The Broadway production, at the John Golden Theatre, is co-directed by Joel Grey and George C. Wolfe and stars Joe Mantello, Lee Pace, Patrick Breen, Luke Macfarlane, Jim Parsons, Ellen Barkin and John Benjamin Hickey.
The play, which has won three Tonys so far this evening, beat out revival productions of ‘Arcadia,’ ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’ and ‘The Merchant of Venice.’
Producer Daryl Roth accepted the award but it was Kramer, an outspoken gay activist for many years, who received the biggest welcome from the audience. The writer exhorted the gay community to ‘carry on the fight,’ adding that ‘our day will come.’
-- David Ng
Photo (top): Luke Macfarlane, Jim Parsons and Patrick Breen in ‘The Normal Heart.’ Credit: Joan Marcus / Associated Press
Photo credit (bottom): American Theatre Wing